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Publication date: 12 May 2021

Hilary Fertig, Nicola Martin and Mitzi Waltz

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Advances in Autism, vol. 7 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 2056-3868

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Publication date: 1 June 2021

Mitzi Waltz

The purpose of this paper is to provide a commentary on the article “Political engagement in the 2019 UK general election of patients with autism and/or a learning disability…

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The purpose of this paper is to provide a commentary on the article “Political engagement in the 2019 UK general election of patients with autism and/or a learning disability detained in a psychiatric hospital”.

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This paper considers the wider issue of political participation by persons with disabilities, especially those whose freedom is restricted.

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Access to voting rights remains problematic for many disabled people. It is crucial that this basic form of political participation is ensured, but there is further to go.

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This paper suggests the need for greater attention to and support for disabled peoples’ right to political participation, including people with learning disabilities and autism.

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Tizard Learning Disability Review, vol. 26 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1359-5474

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Publication date: 7 April 2021

Timo Lorenz, Chelsea Rebecca Brüning, Mitzi Waltz and Marc Fabri

The purpose of this paper is to reveal barriers and their coherences between discrimination and self-perceived employability which students and employees on the autism spectrum…

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The purpose of this paper is to reveal barriers and their coherences between discrimination and self-perceived employability which students and employees on the autism spectrum often face and need to overcome. These include discrimination based on disability, when applying for a job or retaining employment. This research located barriers in three different categories: formality – problems that focus on organizational structures in the application process; social – communication and interaction problems; and job demand barriers – obstacles that epitomize work-related strains.

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Barriers and discrimination can prevent individuals from accessing the labor market which can lead to severe consequences for an individual on the autism spectrum, such as poverty, social deprivation or lack of health promotion and equal treatment. Self-perceived employability can be regarded as an additional strength, as it describes the perception of an individual’s own skills and versatility to acquire and keep a job. In total, 53 German-speaking individuals on the autism spectrum participated in an online survey.

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Results showed statistically significant coherences between both, formality and social barriers with discrimination. Formality barriers also indicated statistically significant coherences with self-perceived employability. A mediation model with discrimination as mediator between each category of barriers and self-perceived employability was examined. The non-significant results suggest that discrimination does not work as a superior construct but as a sole influence next to barriers and self-perceived employability.

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Individuals on the autism spectrum epitomize a less common research approach. Moreover, diversity policies and practices in the workplace often do not focus on including individuals on the autism spectrum even though the employment rates for this specific group of potential highly qualified employees were reported to be consistently lower when compared to any other group of disabled people. Findings suggest possible starting points for future research, which are discussed alongside practical strategies to overcome barriers and change discriminatory attitudes toward skilled individuals on the autism spectrum.

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Advances in Autism, vol. 7 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 2056-3868

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Publication date: 7 April 2021

Henri Pesonen, Mitzi Waltz, Marc Fabri, Elena Syurina, Sarah Krückels, Mona Algner, Bertrand Monthubert and Timo Lorenz

This paper aims to examine effective support strategies for facilitating the employment of autistic students and graduates by answering the following research question: What…

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This paper aims to examine effective support strategies for facilitating the employment of autistic students and graduates by answering the following research question: What constitutes effective employment support for autistic students and graduates?

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Data were collected using the method of empathy-based stories (MEBS) as part of a multinational European project’s Web-based survey. The data consisted of 55 writings about effective strategies and 55 writings about strategies to ]avoid when working with autistic students and graduates. The material was analysed using qualitative inductive content analysis. Narratives were created to illustrate desirable and undesirable environments and processes as they would be experienced by students, supported by original excerpts from the stories.

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The analysis revealed that effective employment support for autistic students and graduates comprised three dimensions of support activity: practices based on the form and environment of support, social interaction support and autism acceptance and awareness. These dimensions were present in both recommended and not recommended support strategy writings.

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The results add to the literature on autism and employment with its focus on the novel context of autistic university students and graduates. Effective strategies will be based on person-centred planning, to include not only the individual impact of autism but also individual career goals, workplace characteristics in the chosen field, employer needs and allocation of the right support. There is no one-size-fits-all strategy, but rather an individualized process is needed, focused on the identification of strengths, the adaptation of employment and work processes and improved understanding and acceptance of autism by management, colleagues and administration in the workplace.

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Advances in Autism, vol. 7 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 2056-3868

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Publication date: 3 October 2016

Gábor Petri

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Tizard Learning Disability Review, vol. 21 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1359-5474

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Publication date: 2 June 2022

Eddie Chaplin, Jane McCarthy, Samuel Tromans and Verity Chester

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Advances in Autism, vol. 8 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 2056-3868

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Publication date: 1 January 1995

Patrick R. Dewey

Microcomputer acquisitions comprise major capital investments for libraries. This author proposes a six‐stepped model for selecting appropriate system configurations based on…

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Microcomputer acquisitions comprise major capital investments for libraries. This author proposes a six‐stepped model for selecting appropriate system configurations based on anticipated system utilization and guides libraries through applying the model to acquisition decisions. The author also describes currently available technology and makes suggestions as to its application to library situations.

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The Bottom Line, vol. 8 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0888-045X

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