Employment readiness

“We believe: Autism is a Label. It doesn’t define your potential”

Dear Parents,

My name is Dr. Pamela Wiley and I am a licensed speech-language pathologist in private practice which provides services from 18 mos.- adulthood for individuals with autism and other special needs. I have been invited to write a chapter in a textbook and therapy manual, Autism Spectrum Disorder: From Theory to Practice to be published in 2021. My chapter will discuss the needs of individuals 21 yrs. and over.

I would like to include the perspective of parents and have created a brief parent survey using Survey Monkey.

All responses are anonymous and confidential. Please note, we are unable to associate any participant responses to any family or individual. I am hopeful that you will participate and allow your voice to be heard.

Clicking on the link below provides your consent to participate in the survey and gives us permission to anonymously use your responses. Please complete this brief survey. Thank you for your time.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/youngadultsASD

Transitioning from high school to the adult world can be quite daunting for those with Autism. Research shows that young adults with ASD have worse employment outcomes and earn lower wages the first three years after high school than young adults with other disabilities. 

Workplace Social Skills and Employment Readiness Program

Our Employment Readiness program serves a diverse group of students with a vast array of interests. Initially, students receive intense workplace social-skills training and on-site job training in our UPS, Outback Steakhouse and CVS Training Center. Upon successful completion students are placed in customized internships or job-shadow opportunities of their choice. Tailored placements such as these provide our students an opportunity to practice their “dream jobs” in a safe setting without the risk of failure or long-term commitment. This approach opens their eyes to the infinite number of employment opportunities available while providing them the social skills and confidence needed to attain and retain employment in an area of interest to them. The final phase of our program culminates in assisting our students secure meaningful paid employment.

Ideal Participant:

  • 18+ years
  • Moderate to high functioning ASD or other diagnoses
  • Adequate receptive and expressive language skills to process information, converse with others using age appropriate language.
  • Able to self regulate emotions, behavior, and function relatively independently

Program Highlights:

  • Targets the social skills needed to navigate effectively in the workplace
  • Taught by licensed Speech-Language Pathologists
  • 16 hours a month of instruction
  • Onsite UPS Store Training Center
  • Onsite Outback Steakhouse Training Center
  • Coming Soon onsite CVS Training Center
  • Meaningful on/off site internships
  • Meaningful employment consistent with students unique interests and skill sets

Please take a look at our videos to see our Employment Readiness students working in action:

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