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About IFAutism

Despite intelligence, talent, and education, many adults on the autism spectrum struggle  to get and keep a job, or are underemployed. The barriers to successful, long-term employment are typically social-communication interactions and adaptive skills.  As professionals who have worked with many hundreds of individuals on the autism spectrum, we have seen a pressing need for specific, direct instruction in interactive and adaptive skills for high functioning adults to help them achieve lasting and satisfying competitive employment.  There is also a need for specialized evaluative, consultative, and training services to vocational agency personnel that provide supports to them.  Our approach is to provide comprehensive and coordinated services for clients on the autism spectrum, their families, employers, and vocational support personnel.  With everyone on the same page,

we believe that

Independent Futures are possible! 

Lisa Tew, MS, CCC-SLP

Lisa Tew is a speech-language pathologist who has worked with individuals on the autism spectrum from preschool through young adulthood since 1978, in a variety of settings.  In recent years Lisa has worked with middle through high school students on the autism spectrum in a public school setting, while also serving as post-secondary transition coordinator.

 

Additionally, Lisa and Diane Zajac, LMSW, conduct group lessons with parents and their young adult children who are on the autism spectrum, in coordination with vocational services, to help develop the social communication soft skills needed for independence and employment.  Lisa and Diane have written one book together published by Future Horizons, titled Autism and Employment: Raising Your Child with Foundational Skills for the Future. Lisa has also written a book titled 101 Positive Steps Toward Employment with Autism: Social Skills for the Workplace, to be published by Future Horizons and available for purchase October 2019.  

Diane Zajac, LMSW

Diane Zajac is a school social worker who has been working with individuals on the autism spectrum for 20 years.  In recent years, Diane has worked with a state agency as a job coach, assisting young adults with autism as they learn and practice soft skills on the job.  

 

Additionally, Diane and Lisa conduct group lessons with parents and their young adult children who are on the autism spectrum, in coordination with vocational services, to help develop the social communication soft skills needed for independence and employment.  They have written one book together published by Future Horizons, titled Autism and Employment: Raising Your Child with Foundational Skills for the Future.