August Professional Development: Coaching Individuals on the Autism Spectrum to Employment Success

When: 8/22/2024 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Where: Virtual Meeting - Meeting link is provided after registering.
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Registration closes 8/21/2024
Many individuals on the autism spectrum, including those with college degrees, struggle to choose the right job or career and get hired. Coaching has much to offer if you understand how to adapt traditional models to the needs of this neurodivergent population. 

This presentation offers practical strategies for guiding these clients to manageable employment. The emphasis is on assisting individuals seeking competitive (not sheltered or heavily supported) employment.  

Learning Objectives:
  • How autism impacts adults in the workplace    
  • Communication, executive function and sensory processing challenges you need to be aware of  
  • Strengths associated with those on the spectrum      
  • Tips for assessing coaching readiness, building rapport and creating realistic action plans  
Date: Thursday, August 22
Time: 12 Noon -1:30 p.m. (Eastern/UTC-5)
Location: Virtual - Meeting link is provided after registering.
CCEs:  1.5 (.75 Core, .75 RD)

Meet Your Presenter: Barbara Bissonnette

´╗┐Barbara Bissonnette´╗┐Barbara Bissonnette is the Principal of Forward Motion Coaching ( Since 2006 she has specialized in career development coaching for individuals with Asperger's Syndrome and similar autism spectrum profiles. In addition to working with private clients, she offers professional development training, including the Asperger's/Autism Employment Coach Certification.

Barbara earned a graduate certificate in executive coaching from William James College, and a coach certification from the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (IPEC).