Accommodations are Not Charity: Qualitative Analysis and Community Based Participatory Research to Understand and Measure Successful Employment Experience of Autistic People

Title of Internship Talk

Accommodations are Not Charity: Qualitative Analysis and Community Based Participatory Research to Understand and Measure Successful Employment Experience of Autistic People

Student Information

Samyukta Lekhana Vaddadi

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Primary Mentor

Dora Raymaker

Mentor Organization

AASPIRE

Internship Title

Multidisciplinary Research Focused on Disability Communities

Internship Dates

Summer 2022

Presentation Date

8-11-2022

Talk Description

We first read and familiarized ourselves with transcripts of the interview data collected by our mentor, Dr. Raymaker. As said before, the data that we coded consisted of 64 interviews with autistic people with skilled training, 11 interviews with supervisors of autistic people and job coaches, and 8 key informant interviews all of whom talked about their own experiences with having autism and finding or working in skilled employment. We then moved on to using qualitative analysis by coding and finding key ideas in what we were analyzing. Then we moved on to creating bigger categories out of the key ideas we found and used verification, which is essentially asking how can we trust what we learned. The five major themes we found are the following: take a holistic approach to career planning and job selection, create neurodiversity-friendly workplace climates, support employee mental health, respect employees for who they are and value their contributions, and explore out-of-the-box and non-traditional solutions.

Accommodations are Not Charity: Qualitative Analysis and Community Based Participatory Research to Understand and Measure Successful Employment Experience of Autistic People

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