Like thousands of others around Australia, the I CAN Network was transfixed by Employable Me, the first episode of which was broadcast on ABC last night.
The I CAN Network was pleased with the realistic portrayal of the job hunting process for people on the Autism Spectrum. The program accurately showed the realities of living with Autism, from stimming to sensory overload, as well as the impact that the job search can have on family members. Similarly, it portrayed how vital support networks, like family members, can be for people with Autism.
I CAN is also supportive of the strengths-based focus of those in the program – it is an approach we take in our own work, focusing on the strengths of each individual on the Spectrum and what they CAN do, rather than what they can’t. Too often, negative perceptions of Autism hold Autistics back. Through our work, we create communities that embrace Autism and it is encouraging to see workplaces also embracing this concept.
Over the past five years, 36 Autistics have earned income with I CAN. The I CAN Network provides paid employment for Autistics through our organisation, in roles that provide them with skills for the future. In fact, our CEO and many of our senior staff are ‘Aspies’ – proving that business entrepreneurship, leadership and success is possible for people on the Autism Spectrum.