Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders

Living Edition
| Editors: Fred R. Volkmar

Asperger Syndrome Training & Employment Partnership (ASTEP)

  • Michael CarleyEmail author
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-6435-8_102042-1


Asperger Syndrome Corporate Training Funded Organization Competitive Employment National Employer 
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The Asperger Syndrome Training & Employment Partnership (ASTEP) is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that promotes the inclusion of individuals with Asperger syndrome and high-functioning autism (AS/HFA) in competitive employment through:
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    Awareness and training campaigns aimed at Fortune 1000 companies

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    Establishing relationships between high-quality support programs for adults with Asperger throughout the US and national employers

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    Developing corporate partners to implement integrated employment programs for adults with Asperger syndrome


Founded in 2010 by Marcia Scheiner, ASTEP was created to fill a hole in the autism/Asperger world. Prior to ASTEP, numerous opportunities existed for job placement, but no organizations were helping employers create more inclusive workplace environments for existing employees with AS/HFA or bringing together employers and vocational support professionals to successfully recruit and integrate individuals with AS/HFA. ASTEP does this by educating employers and building relationships.

ASTEP educates employers about the special skills and talents of individuals with AS/HFA, the business benefits of employing people with Asperger syndrome, and the accommodations they may need in the workplace. It encourages employers to incorporate the hiring and retention of individuals with AS/HFA into their diversity and inclusion programs and gives them the tools and training they need to feel confident. ASTEP offers video-based corporate training opportunities, as well as on-site training presentations.

ASTEP also builds relationships with vocational support organizations to facilitate employer access to candidates with AS/HFA. Vocational support organizations can be privately funded organizations, state or federally funded organizations, or postsecondary educational programs that provide specialized support for students and young adults with AS/HFA.

While ASTEP does not provide support services to individuals looking for work opportunities, it offers web resources and programs to assist such individuals on their job hunt on ASTEP’s Assistance for Individuals page.

For more information on ASTEP and its programs, you can email them at info@asperger-employment.org, or visit their webpage at www.asperger-employment.org.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Green BayUSA