Autism and employment: Human interaction training program

Created: 05/08/2014 7:00 AM WHEC.com

Adults with autism often have difficulty finding a job, in part because they tend to have poor interview skills. In 2009, only one-third of these young adults was employed.

But now a new human simulation training program, created by researchers at Northwestern University, is helping improve job-seekers' social communication and confidence.

The system uses interactive role playing to help adults on the autism spectrum learn how to sound interested, enthusiastic and capable during a job interview.

Researchers say during testing, the program improved self-confidence scores by 22-percent and role play scores by 11-percent.

News10NBC/WHEC-TV welcomes your opinion and interaction on our website, but please remember to keep it clean. If you're advertising for another business, being profane, vulgar or slanderous your post will be deleted. By commenting on this website, you agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Use. Comments are not pre-screened before they posted.

Wind Chill Advisory

NY AREAS AFFECTED: Chemung; Chenango; Cortland; Delaware; Madison; Northern Oneida; Onondaga; Otsego; Schuyler; Seneca; Southern Cayuga; Southern Oneida; Steuben; Sullivan; Yates
Expires: 1/31/2015 11:00 AM

Wind Chill Advisory

NY AREAS AFFECTED: Allegany; Wyoming
Expires: 1/31/2015 9:00 AM


17° | 7°
  • Feels like: -3° F
  • Wind: WNW 22mph
  • Humidity: 68%
  • Sat Mostly cloudy
    21° | 0°
  • Sun Mostly cloudy
    18° | 9°
  • Mon Snow showers early
    10° | 2°
  • Tue Cloudy
    18° | -2°