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Developing Talents: Careers for Individuals with Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism

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This updated and expanded edition of the bestselling book uses real-life examples of how the unique characteristics of individuals on the autism spectrum lend themselves well to entrepreneurial ventures. Developing Talents details vocational rehabilitation programs that provide job training and placement for people with disabilities, as well as Social Security Administrati ...more
ebook, 208 pages
Published October 1st 2008 by Autism Asperger Publishing Company (first published March 2004)
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May 12, 2008 Jay rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: autistic youth, aspie youth, parents, transition teachers
Recommended to Jay by: Dr. Debra Moore
Good for what it is- a career exploration book aimed at youth on the autistic spectrum and their allies. I think it's too simplistic for many adults.

A few specific notes-
Chapter 6 is unique in how it classifies autistic patterns into Visual thinkers, music/math thinkers, and nonvisual/more-verbal thinkers. I think this taxonomy is a useful starting place, but is overstated. In the autistics I know, including myself, often there are bits and pieces of 2 or all three.

I have a few cautions and poss
Sep 12, 2015 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a good addition to our library at work. I work in a developmentally disabled community. This was big help to one of the mothers of one of our aspergers clients. It helped her understand certain aspects, and be more supportive and understanding of her daughter.
May 05, 2013 Alice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, nonfiction, 2013
For my day job, I help people with disabilities maintain jobs in the community. Some of my co-workers, meanwhile, match people to jobs and try to get them those jobs. We serve a few people with an autism diagnosis, so I thought this might help as a resource. It contains a lot of perspectives I hadn't considered before, and is absolutely packed with vocational information, for such a short book.

Temple Grandin is best known for her autism diagnosis, either because you've seen her HBO-produced movi
May 06, 2013 Denise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think I've borrowed this from the library about 7 times and then never gotten around to reading it and had to turn it back in. I'm glad I sat down and did it, this time, because it was really very good. More updated/modernized (?) than her seminal Thinking in Pictures, and solid, practical, direct advice to people with ASD and their teachers, mentors, and other helpers. I think it'd be a good resource to have on hand if you work with adolescents or young adults on the spectrum, although I doub ...more
A random book from the library, but an extremely practical guidebook with information that, frankly, is useful for anyone looking for a job.
Apr 26, 2010 4th-8th rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Many people with learning disabilities have similar concerns when it comes to the work place as the folks on the autism spectrum. I like what she has to say so far...
Apr 10, 2011 Lauren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent and practical advice. I really admire Temple Grandin.
Good book for high school Aspies
Dec 04, 2012 Cassie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great resource!
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