Individuals with Autism have strengths and abilities that are often overlooked in light of their disability. With strengths in the area of systemizing, individuals with autism have the opportunity to excel in educational and career opportunities that draw on these strengths, namely in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Individuals with Autism who pursue STEM opportunities will need appropriate supports along the way. Students with Autism find strong support systems in high school, but the level of support diminishes significantly in adulthood. Secondary educators can help prepare students with Autism for a successful progression to adulthood by determining whether a STEM career would be a good fit. This can be done by helping students explore future career possibilities, examining postsecondary pathways, and solidifying strong plans for transition.
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Kraftson, T. R. (2018). Unrecognized Talent: Guiding Secondary Students with Autism Towards Careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics [Masterʼs thesis, Bethel University]. Spark Repository. https://spark.bethel.edu/etd/365