Eight Ways Special Needs Job Training Programs Open New Avenues of Employment

Job training for special needs students covers many different skills that enable adults with disabilities to be more successful in the workplace. It can also help them identify a preferred career, navigate the application process, build confidence and make long-term plans for the future.

Experienced work coaches offer job training for adults with autism

Professional work coaches have the knowledge and experience to know how best to support adults with disabilities. They can provide information, advice and practical support that students may not be able to access by themselves.

Career planning

It can be difficult to decide on a potential career, especially if you do not know whether employers will be able to make accommodations for your disability. Job training can help with identifying possible careers, in addition to developing the specific skills needed for that career.

Workplace-specific skills

Some skills look different in the workplace to those at home, others are only required in the workplace. Job training allows students to work on their professionalism, workplace safety, job-specific technology and other workplace-specific skills.

Social skills

Most jobs will involve some interaction with others, even if they are not customer-facing. For students who struggle with their social skills, the opportunity to practice specific workplace etiquette will make it easier to build professional relationships and friendships.


There are many aspects to self-regulation, and the workplace presents new challenges, such as overstimulation. Job training can prepare students for the workplace environment so they can prepare and are better able to advocate for themselves and any accommodations they need.

Community skills

Work is not just about the workplace, but about traveling to work, being out in public, and other aspects of interacting with the community. Whether walking, driving, using public transport, or possibly going out to a coffee shop for lunch, community skills are an important part of the training.

Supported internal work placements

These take place in a familiar and structured environment while allowing students to practice their workplace skills more practically.

External work placements with sympathetic employers

Partnerships with employers allow job training programs to facilitate practical experience through external work placements, applying new skills in a less familiar environment, but with the knowledge that accommodations will still be available.

Foundational skills

Many employers will look for a basic level of language, literacy, numeracy and technological competence in potential employees. These skills are also essential for resumes, interviews and other aspects of the application process.

Building confidence through job training for special needs students

By teaching a wide range of skills and allowing students to apply them in practical settings, job training programs give their attendees a sense of accomplishment and build their confidence, encouraging them to progress.

These are just some of the ways that job training for adults with autism or other special needs can help neurodivergent students become happy, confident and successful individuals in their chosen careers.

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