Expanding Job Training & Placement Services for Young Adults with Autism - Pactt Vocational Services
PACTT Learning Center
The applicant serves children, teens and young adults with severe autism in the Chicago area. It has long operated a job training and placement service for teens with autism, and recently added vocational services for young adults. Now the applicant seeks to expand its adult division to serve more young adults with autism, provide more working hours, teach new job skills and add new employers to its roster. the applicant currently has six local employers providing work for its teens and young adults. Jobs include office assistant, recycling engineer, restaurant set-up crew, maintenance worker, grounds attendant and food packager. Young adults already in the program are working more independently and have increased hours and days on the job. They are diligent workers and enthusiastic about the program. the proposal would increase the number of young adults with autism to 8 and will engage 4 new employers; in addition it will expand the number of hours worked for the existing consumers of PACTT vocational services.