Work Crews and Enclaves

Another type of supported job is represented by work crews and enclaves. These involve adults with autism working with other individuals with disabilities to perform a real job with the support of a paid job coach or an employment specialist. The job may be within a company with other workers who do not have disabilities. Alternatively, the job may be performed entirely by the group of people with disabilities such as, e.g., with a lawn crew or car wash service operated exclusively by the group.

Work crews and enclaves represent a type of real work for adults with autism but typically have reduced benefits in terms of community integration and inclusion. Often the workers with autism spend much of their time interacting with the person paid to support them and each other in contrast to workers without disabilities. This is especially the case with work crews who perform their job duties in community settings but in a manner that often is significantly isolated from other people.

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