Many people don't realize that 35% of Autistic 18 year old's graduate from college but only 15% of those are employed. This extremely high unemployment rate is higher than the unemployment rate for all disabled Americans and 4 times the unemployment rate for non-autistic Americans with developmental disabilities. We are going to solicit businesses that we know would benefit from hiring young adults on the spectrum. We are going to educate employers on why employing a young adult on the spectrum can truly be an advantage because young adults on the spectrum are extremely detail oriented and focused on their tasks. These individuals tend to be extremely focused when they are appropriately matched with their obsessive interest. We are going to teach the young adults on the spectrum how to fill out applications, build a resume, how to fill out employment forms such as W-4's and I-9's. We are going to facilitate live mock interviews to simulate a real life environment interview for them before they go on actual interviews. This will help them know what to expect and how to answer the questions properly, the things that most neurotypical adults take for granted. By providing this process for the autistic adults we will be able to know what their interests and skills are so that we will be able to create sustainable employment by properly matching young adults to appropriate employers.
-We provide social skills and practical life skills groups for adolescents and young adults on the spectrum to help facilitate the transition towards independent living in the adult world.
-We provide support and training for adolescents and young adults on the Autism Spectrum working to secure employment by helping to connect prospective employers with capable people on the Autism Spectrum who may struggle with the interview and on boarding process in a traditional work environment.
-We also support parents in the diagnosis and services finding process that follows a new diagnosis of autism.