Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month Q&A with Amy Goodman

Amy Goodman

Amy Goodman

This month, The Arc’s blog will feature a Q & A with members of The Arc’s national office staff to help raise awareness of issues important to the I/DD community during Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. Amy Goodman is the co-director of the Autism Now National Resource and Information Center and is on the autism spectrum.

Q. Amy, as a person who is on the autism spectrum, help us raise some awareness during Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. Are there any myths or popular misconceptions about autism that you would like to help dispel?

“Individuals on the autism spectrum can work, should work and make some of the best employees.”

A. Yes, it’s a myth that individuals with autism or Asperger’s syndrome cannot work because of their disability. Not true. Individuals on the autism spectrum can work, should work and make some of the best employees. An individual just needs to find an environment that is accepting of disabilities, a supervisor that has some experience working with individuals on the spectrum, and a boss who understands their unique characteristics and how they can fit in to help make others aware of what it is like to live with a disability. If more people would take the time to see the individual for who they are and what they can do and not focus on the disability maybe more individuals with autism or Asperger’s would be employed, which might solve the problem of having too many individuals on SSI. Or maybe not, but it’s a start.

4 thoughts on “Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month Q&A with Amy Goodman

  1. I have a son that is high functioning autism but he has many social difficulties and his temper is pretty bad. He needs to work now that he is 17 and he is going to college after high school. My question is, He does not like for people to know he has autism but we will need to let employers know, and I would love some information on scholarships for college and any tips on employment. Thanks.

  2. To those who trust in the probate, guardianship ststem to prtect you and yout loved one. Beware. Any one cane take over the SSI benefits and even take your guaridanship away. Thos happended to me. You can take two deveolpmentally dellayed adults one with guardian who is then labeled incompetent and the other wothout a guadiran labeled as a competent adult. The can be experienceing the exact same cignitive deficits.One will be free
    the other isdeejed inhcompetent. Very shoddy way to run s democracy

  3. Ms. Goodman, I love what you said… “Individuals on the autism spectrum can work, should work and make some of the best employees.”

    You are 100% correct. Our company, Stride, Inc. has a mission to employ people with developmental disabilities. Two of our valued workers are on the autism spectrum and they contribute significantly to our business as do all of our special needs employees. I wish more businesses would open their hearts to this remarkable workforce.

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