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. Rockin' The Spectrum in Johnstown, Colorado ASAP. Our non-profit organization raises awareness and acceptance in the community about the autism spectrum. for families with autistic children across the country. We will provide financial grants to parents to help offset the cost of initial screening and diagnosis for autism for high deductible plans where the parents can't afford to meet their deductible. Research shows that the cost of lifelong care can be reduced by 2/3 with early diagnosis and intervention with the goal being before age three. If early interventions are not done, it is estimated that the cost of education for a child on the autism spectrum is an additional $8600 per year over the average $12,000 a year for a neurotypical child. Because of this it is truly important that young children on the spectrum are diagnosed as early as possible. Many parents don't go through with the testing right away due to cost. The fact is that most parents can barely afford their monthly insurance premium means that they definitely can't afford to meet their high deductibles. This is one of the major barriers keeping kids from being tested when they need to be. We are going to design an application process in which we will provide scholarships to parents on a financial needs basis to help offset their testing costs. Your donation helps us make autism testing and treatment more affordable for families.
We are going to team with 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 interests, which may be obsessive in nature. 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.