To help young adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) realize their true potential, the Los Angeles Speech & Language Therapy Center has teamed up with UPS to offer real-world job training for young people with autism. The UPS Store Workforce Development Learning Lab will serve as a job training site, where L.A. Speech & Language Therapy Center staff will provide students with a training curriculum tailored to their learning needs. The goal is to prepare young adults for meaningful employment.
The 440-square-foot lab will mimic a UPS store in both appearance and function. With job training materials provided by UPS and adapted by Dr. Wiley and her staff, students will learn a range of employment skills including customer service, packaging, merchandising, display and printing. Participants in the summer months will receive $10.50 an hour through a partnership with the City of Los Angeles Hire L.A. Youth Program.
The UPS Store Workforce Development Learning Lab is the first program of its kind nationwide located in a speech clinic. L.A. Speech and Language Therapy Center has been helping children with autism and other speech-related disorders for more than three decades.
Click below to see a video of our UPS Store Workforce Development Learning Lab.
Click below to watch CBS coverage of the opening of our UPS Store Workforce Development Learning Lab.