I know my son with autism, Caleb, is only 9 years old and he doesn't need to find his life's calling anytime soon, but as a parent (in general) you hope that your kids can grow up and find work, and even more, work that is fulfilling. But for a child with autism (or any special need), the question of "what will he be when he grows up" is a little more looming. The statistics on adults with autism being un-employed is higher than the regular disabled un-employment rate.
I honestly believe that anyone (typical or special needs) can find a job that they might be well suited for by examining what that person naturally goes to. This isn't always the case obviously, but for a child with special needs, it could be a good indication of what they might be good at because they are already interested in it. The trick (I think) is to find out what their strengths and weaknesses are, and base a potential job on these facts.
For Caleb, some jobs we have joked about that he could have, based on what he currently is into/good at are:
Obviously we haven't found anything that really suits Caleb that could lead to a proper career. I would honestly be happy with any job he had, as long as it was something that was using his gifts, and he found satisfying.
As he gets older we will continue to prepare him for working by helping him learn to work as a team, follow instructions, having a good attitude, being honest, being organized, using his communication skills (be it verbal, written, typed, etc.), and being flexible. We will teach him the value of hard work, and of being willing to work. Autism could keep Caleb from getting a job, but I really don't think it needs to. He is a sweet, bright, and eager kid, and if he maintains those traits, I think any employer would be happy to have him!
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