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Employment activities and experiences of adults with high functioning autism and Asperger's Disorder

Baldwin, Susanna; Costley, Debra; Warren, Anthony


Susanna Baldwin

Anthony Warren


There is limited large-scale empirical research into the working lives of adults who have an autism spectrum disorder with no co-occurring intellectual disability. Drawing on data from a national survey, this report describes the employment activities and experiences of 130 adults with Asperger’s Disorder (AD) and high functioning autism (HFA) in Australia. Outcome measures include current occupation; occupational skill level and alignment with educational attainment; type of job contract; hours of work; support received to find work; support received in the workplace; and positive and negative experiences of employment. The findings confirm and expand upon existing evidence that adults with AD and HFA, despite their capacity and willingness to work, face significant disadvantages in the labour market and a lack of understanding and support in employment settings.


Baldwin, S., Costley, D., & Warren, A. (2014). Employment activities and experiences of adults with high functioning autism and Asperger's Disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 44(10),

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 1, 2014
Online Publication Date Apr 9, 2014
Publication Date Oct 1, 2014
Deposit Date Jan 10, 2017
Publicly Available Date Jan 10, 2017
Journal Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Print ISSN 0162-3257
Electronic ISSN 1573-3432
Publisher Springer Verlag
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 44
Issue 10
Keywords Autism; Asperger’s Disorder; High Functioning; Employment; Overeducation
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