A job interview is a daunting task. Pressure builds. Stress looms. The handshake, the nods, the eye contact — it feels like a test.
For people with autism, the stress can linger long after the interview is over, as they grapple with hindered social skills that make the job-hunting process more difficult and hamper interactions in the workplace.
At TEACCH, a North Carolina-based autism advocacy organization, advocates are working to smooth the path from the interview to the water cooler — helping people with autism not only get jobs but keep them, too.
More than 85 percent of people in TEACCH’s supported employment program, founded in 1989, keep jobs for more than a year.