Real Work for Real Pay for Individuals with ASD

Real Work for Real Pay for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Upcoming offerings:

Please check back for future offerings.

The course will cover these topics and more.

  • Supported employment
  • Characteristics associated with ASD
  • Positive Behavior Supports
  • Person centered planning
  • Vocational profile
  • Job Development
  • On the job support
  • Job Retention

Learning Objectives: After taking this course, a participant will be able to:

  • Describe an individualized approach to providing supported employment services to someone with ASD.
  • Describe how to create a positive vocational profile to guide job development.
  • Discuss person centered job development strategies.
  • Describe potential ways to support an employee with ASD and the employer.
  • Discuss the importance of long term support.


Lesson One: Introduction to Supported Employment and Autism Spectrum Disorder

Lesson Two: Career Planning

Lesson Three: Job Development

Lesson Four: Work Supports and Job Retention Strategies

Course Lectures:

  • Employment for Individuals with Autism: Dr. Paul Wehman
  • Defining Supported Employment: Grant Revell
  • Individualized Supported Employment Services: Pam Targett
  • Assisting a Person with a Career Direction: Pam Targett
  • Employees with ASD: Tips for Educating Employers and Colleagues: Whitney Ham and Alissa Molinelli
  • Job Site Training and Supports: Whitney Ham and Alissa Molinelli
  • Assisting a Person with Retaining Employment: Pam Targett

Course Structure: The course consists of four lessons, which lasts one week. A new lesson is made available every Monday morning by 9:00 a.m. E.T. The course web site is always available, and a participant may log into the course at any time in order to view content, listen to the lectures, and complete the assignments. Each lesson will require 4 hours of staff time to complete. Please note that our online offerings are intensive, and we do not recommend taking more than one of these courses concurrently.

Course Credit: A participant can earn 1.6 CEUs or 16 CRCs upon course completion. Also, a certificate of completion will be issued to a participant who completes all course assignments.

Technical Requirements: A participant's computer must have Adobe Acrobat Reader (free software), and Flash Player (free software). A participant will be able to log on to the course at any time of the day and access the audio lectures. Each person MUST have an individual e-mail account. If the individual does not already have an account, a free one can be set up through We send updates on the course activities and feedback on course activities through e-mail contact. A participant must be able to receive and send messages in order to benefit from this online experience.

If you have questions about the technology applications, please contact Teri Blankenship at (804) 828-2197. If you have content questions, please email Katherine Inge.