myWAY Employability is a web platform designed to help autistic people shape their future. Recognising that over a third of autistic individuals are unemployed and only a quarter graduate from university or vocational training, myWAY offers a tailored approach, creating individual profiles matched to relevant career, education, and training information.
The platform encourages users to break their dreams into achievable goals and tasks, providing a roadmap to career success.
The platform is built on six years of research and evaluation, stemming from the Better OutcOmes and Successful Transitions for Autism (BOOST-A) program, a digital tool helping autistic young people plan post-school activities. Students using BOOST-A reported heightened self-determination in achieving their study, training, and employment goals compared to those using generic school-based transition planning processes.
myWAY Employability was co-designed with autistic young people, utilising a human-centered design approach to understand their needs and preferences. Over 220 stakeholders, including young people, parents, health professionals, and educators, participated in the platform's discovery phase, with a further 90 autistic young people contributing to its co-design and development.
The Autism CRC established a Neurodiverse Youth Advisory Group (NYAG) to guide the website's engagement elements, content, and user expectations
myWAY Employability was developed in consultation with autistic young people, and their supporters, parents, allied health professionals, researchers, disability service providers and educators from around Australia, and was proudly supported by Telstra Foundation under the Tech4Good Challenge initiative.
The Better OutcOmes and Successful Transitions for Autism (BOOST-A) program, included the work of Autism CRC PhD Scholar, Dr Megan Hatfield (Curtin University), and her supervisors Associate Professor Marina Ciccarelli, the late Emeritus Professor Sylvia Rodger AM, Dr Marita Falkmer and Professor Torbjorn Falkmer.
The design and development of myWAY Employability was led by Associate Professor Marina Ciccarelli (Curtin University), Cheryl Mangan (Autism CRC), Brendan James (Autism CRC), Adie Wilmot (Curtin University) and Alex Creece (Autism CRC Future Leader alumni).
We would particularly like to acknowledge the support of Neurodiverse Youth Advisory Group members. Thanks also to our technology development partner The Project Factory, and research partner CSIRO e-health Institute. We would also like to acknowledge Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) and the Queensland Department of Education (Autism Hub) for their ongoing support.
Our sincere thanks to the many hundreds of young people, parents, professionals and organisations who have been part of the myWAY Employability journey.
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