Essential work skills include communication, teamwork, collaboration, problem-solving skills, initiative, leadership, planning, organizing, self-management, willingness to learn, flexibility, and technology in the workplace.
In the article “Why Work for Free? The Benefits of Internships for Young Adults with Autism and LD,” the College Internship Program wrote: “These areas of skill generally have to be specifically taught and reinforced many times for young adults with learning differences, both in theory, and practice. Most workplaces expect but do not train employees in these areas.”
Start helping your child develop these “soft” skills as early as possible.
Your student should also be well versed in self-determination, workplace rights (such as reasonable accommodations granted to individuals by the ADA), and how and when to disclose a disability at work. They should also learn about the positive impact that an inclusive workplace has on employee engagement.
See the resources section below for ideas and training options in these areas.