Arizona Holds First Job Fair for People with Autism

Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES), which includes the Division of Developmental Services held its first-ever Autism job fair with more than 500 attendees to bring businesses and job seekers together to learn from each other.  Planning for this event was done with Professor James B. Adams, who heads up ASU’s Autism/Asperger’s Research Program and worked with DES Employment and Rehabilitation Services (DERS), AZ Assist and the Autism Society of Greater Phoenix.

 According to a recent news release, the event kicked off with informational workshops for both employers and job seekers. Participants learned about best practices for employing adults on the autism spectrum and tips on how to find and keep a job.

Following the hour-long workshops, more than 35 hiring employers participated in the job fair providing an opportunity for individuals to distribute their résumés and network with hiring employers.