The Hidden Curriculum of Getting and Keeping a Job

Navigating the Social Landscape of Employment

A Guide for Individuals With Autism Spectrum and Other Social-Cognitive Challenges

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 About the Book:

Adults on the spectrum often have difficulty getting and keeping a job for reasons that are unrelated to their job skills. This practical and easy-to-use book provides necessary yet often untaught information on a variety of topics related to getting a job, finding a mentor, networking, using agencies, interviewing, talking with supervisors, dealing with on-the-job-frustrations, understanding the social rules at work and many other topics. Authored by two individuals on the spectrum who have extensive experience in helping others become employed, Judy Endow and Malcolm Mayfield, as well as Brenda Smith Myles, an internationally known writer and speaker on autism spectrum disorders.


“Every workplace has its unique culture and unspoken rules. Recognizing and adhering to these nuances can greatly enhance job success. The Hidden Curriculum of Getting and Keep¬ing a Job provides a first step in improving awareness of how to recognize what is most likely deemed acceptable and not acceptable at work. The text covers the span of employment activities from conducting a job search to becoming hired. Packed with great examples and descriptions of practical strategies, it offers need-to-know information for those involved in the transition of students to work that will not only raise students’ confidence and comfort on the job but also improve their ability to fit in better and succeed at work.”

Paul Whman, PhD, Virginia Commonwealth University 

“Combining Brenda Smith Myles’ brilliant and heartfelt hidden curriculum ideas into a book on employment issues is yet another victory for the autism/Asperger world. Dr. Myles, along with Judy Endow and Malcolm Mayfield, has written an immensely thoughtful and supportive read for any jobless individual on the spectrum.”

Michael John Carley, executive director, GRASP, ASTEP; author of Asperger’s From the Inside-Out 

“This is the first book I have seen that addresses the unwritten rules of the workplace. It will help educators and employers understand the social-cognitive challenges that people with autism spectrum conditions face in their everyday lives. As a parent of a young man with au¬tism who struggles to understand social experiences, I especially appreciate having a frame-work for how to support him in overcoming his social-cognitive challenges, especially in the workplace. This book should be part of the school/college curriculum for young adults with autism and should be used by parents, educators, vocational rehabilitation professionals, job coaches, job mentors, and employers.”

Geraldine Graydon, MSc, University College Dublin; advocate, mentor, and co-founder of Autism Rights & Equality Alliance, Ireland 

“This is a great book for people with autism spectrum disorders who are either looking for a job or trying to survive in one. The focus on the hidden curriculum is spot-on – it’s the unwrit¬ten rules and unsuspected behaviors that so often trip people up in the workplace. This book will guide you through the minefield.”

David Perkins, head of services, National Autistic Society (NAS) Prospects, UK 

“Social challenges on the job are common and, more often than not, the reason why many on the autism spectrum fail to maintain employment. With its attention to the hidden curricu¬lum associated with these challenges, Myles, Endow, and Mayfield have provided us with a welcome and much-needed addition to the transitioning, employment, and person-centered supports literature. This should be considered necessary reading for anyone interested in individuals with ASD beyond the age of 12 years.”

Peter Gerhardt, EdD, director, Upper School, The McCarton School, New York 

“This is an extremely important and valuable book. An encyclopedia of social rules and ex¬pectations for the workplace, illustrated by relevant and revealing examples that give form to the helpful ‘what to do and what not to do’ narrative permeating the book. I recommend this unreservedly, both for people who have social challenges and their advocates.”

Alastair Barnett, consultant clinical psychologist, Warwickshire, UK

“This is an essential, one-of-a-kind guide for any jobseeker or employee on the autism spectrum who may benefit from a black-and-white breakdown of those grey social rules. The book also serves as a useful tool for employers and colleagues of individuals on the autism spectrum, offering unique insight into the perspective of employees who may not understand the hidden curriculum in their workplace. It will be a beneficial resource for AS Capable’s clients by providing the tools to confidently navigate the complex social expecta¬tions when searching for and maintaining employment.”

Vicky Little, BA, founder & CEO, AS Capable, North Sydney, Australia 

“A much-needed, practical and very helpful book targeting an area that is often neglected. Understanding the hidden curriculum within the work and community environment is cru¬cial for our young people, but this book is also useful for employers, coworkers, recruitment consultants, and anybody who is in a position to help somebody with an ASD find suitable employment. Employers will gain a better understanding of the struggles and challenges this population needs to overcome in order to be accepted into society, and in doing so they will learn how they can meet them half-way. Learning the language of ASD can make a big difference for all parties; this books acts as a perfect translation guide.”

Kevin Baskerville, BEd. [Hons], ACE – Leicestershire, UK Autism outreach service manager & KB Autism Services

“Members of the autism community are acutely aware of the employment challenges indi¬viduals on the autism spectrum face. Many are unemployed, underemployed, and/or live in poverty. The Hidden Curriculum of Getting and Keeping a Job is a desperately needed resource to help individuals on the autism spectrum navigate the unwritten rules and expectations of the work environment. This book should be shared with everybody on the spectrum who is pursuing employment or is struggling in their current job. It is one of the most useful books that I have seen in years addressing a growing area of need. Incredible publication. I will recommend it to every professional, family member, and individual who is involved in the employment process.”

Cathy Pratt, PhD, BCBA-D, Indiana Resource Center for Autism

“As a parent of a daughter with ASD and a professional working in the employment in¬dustry, I am very happy to see a book that helps adults with ASD navigate the challenging social landscape of the professional world – from job search, to the interview, to keeping a job. Of particular importance is the section on sexual harassment – both keeping one¬self safe and preventing oneself from misunderstandings caused by missing the hidden curriculum. This is an important book for all adults with ASD as well as for teens with ASD planning their post-school careers and their parents.”

Amanda Tulloch-Hoskins, BA (Hons), Grad. Dip; parent of a 13-year-old girl with ASD; co-creator of iModelingTM (video modeling app) and project manager at Employment Services Company, Adelaide, South Australia

“Finding and keeping a job is difficult for most people but even more so for those with social-cognitive challenges. Brenda Smith Myles, Judy Endow, and Malcolm Mayfield have written a much-needed guide that demystifies this process. Filled with detailed advice and practical rules for approaching the employment world, this book is not only a must-read for individuals who have hidden curriculum challenges, it would also benefit any first-time job seeker looking to improve his or her job search and performance skills.”

Marcia Scheiner, president, Asperger Syndrome Training

“This concise and practical guide for individuals with ASD who are job ready is packed full of tools to use and social scenarios to gain insight into the complexities of common social interactions in the workplace. It is a must-read for anyone working in employment services and support people who experience difficulties in social situations.”

Cathryn Masters, Bachelor of Applied Science (Disability Studies), Adelaide, Australia

“Myles, Endow, and Mayfield form a wonderful partnership that brings the ideas and discussion of the hidden curriculum into the adult world in a meaningful and practical way. Readers on the spectrum will gain strategies to help navigate the world of employment; in addition, the information will help adult service agencies understand the unique strengths and needs of individuals with an autism spectrum disorder and how to create the right career match for successful and ongoing employment.”

Chris Filler, program director, Lifespan Transitions Center, Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence

“If you have staff who are on the autism spectrum as I do, I encourage you to read this book and have your staff read it as well. It will challenge and change the way you commu¬nicate. It will allow employers to understand why the response they expect doesn’t always line up with the response they receive and allow those on the spectrum to look back and understand how they can improve on situations such as job interviews that have gone wrong in the past. This valuable resource will dispel some myths or fears related to employ¬ing staff who are on the autism spectrum and clarify how you can include these valuable people on your staff.”

Christopher E. Bate, manager, SA Built Environs (construction company undertaking large commercial construction), South Australia