Portland Employment Resources

If you are on the Autism Spectrum and are looking for employment related resources, then continue reading. Below lists work State, Organizational, SSI and For Profit supports. These were provided as a suggestion by one of our group members and we do not endorse one specifically. It is a list for information purposes.

Also take a look at our About AS Page for more resources.

INTERNSHIPS

STATE OF OREGON

Vocational Rehabiliations (VR): Assists individuals with disabilities to get and keep a job that matches their skills, interests and abilities. https://www.oregon.gov/DHS/employment/VR/WIN/Pages/index.aspx

ORGANIZATIONS

JAN (Job accommodation network) offers information and tools for dealing with employers and what kind of accommodations they can make.

SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS

Autism and Social Security Disability: Use this link to find information and apply should you have the need. We qualify for SSI, which is separate from SSDI, it pays up to $750 per month and is need based. You never leave the program and it kicks back in any time that need arises. It also helps qualify for Medicaid and SNAP. https://www.disability-benefits-help.org/disabling-conditions/autism-and-social-security-disability

The Association of Oregon Centers for Independent Living (AOCIL): Find the local locations for applying for SSI benefits at this site, http://www.aocil.org

FOR PROFIT

The Lime Network helps place people with disabilities in employment that utilizes their skills.
https://www.limeconnect.com/programs/page/about-the-lime-network

Insight into Diversity is another group that works to place people in jobs, they are diversity focused as opposed to disability focused. http://www.insightintodiversity.com

BOOKS

Asperger Syndrome Employment Workbook: An Employment Workbook  for Adults  with Asperger Syndrome. by Roger Meyer (our group founder). 2000:  This book is an excellent guide for human resource personnel who can tap unto pool of dedicated workers. Overall this is a good book for persons diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome and high functioning autism to better understand themselves