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This year's celebration of National Disability Employment Awareness Month is marked by new progress at the state and federal levels to increase job opportunities tempered by sobering reminders of the disproportionately high unemployment that persists within the disabilities community.

Autism Speaks is raising awareness of the issue through a series of nationwide Small Business Town Halls, including events Oct. 21 in Dallas and Oct. 23 outside Chicago.

This post is by Leigh Belcher, MS LPC, Director of Clinical Services at Triumph Services, Inc., Holly Brigman, M.Ed., CRC, NIC, Coordinator of Program Research and Evaluation at Auburn University's Center for Disability Research and Service, and Brooke Stephens, Executive Director of Triumph Services, Inc.

As part of our National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) series, the theme for this week is “Collaborative Public & Private Partnerships for Employment.” This blog details the successful partnership of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center in Washington, D.C. with two local service providers, SEEC and The Ivymount School & Programs.

Earlier this week our friends at Gap in NYC hosted a career day to give four young people with autism some real world experience to help them develop their workplace skills.

Gap partnered with Autism Speaks and HeartShare to give Reuben, Kenneth, Mathew and Sean (pictured) some on-the-job training, and a glimpse into the working world.  The four young men spent the day at GAP’s flagship 5th avenue store -- each was paired with a Gap employee and assigned to one of four stations: