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Autism Speaks and Rangam Consultants Inc. Launch Employment Website for Job-Seekers with Autism and Other Disabilities
Site promotes inclusion by connecting employers with untapped talent
NEW YORK, N.Y. (April 30, 2015) – Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, and Rangam Consultants Inc., the New Jersey company specializing in meeting the staffing needs of Fortune 500 companies, today launched a website designed to connect employers with job-seekers who have autism spectrum disorders (ASD).
TheSpectrumCareers.com is the result of a trailblazing partnership to promote inclusive hiring and to highlight the skills of a largely untapped pool of talent.
The site was built by WebTeam Corporation, a developer of cutting edge technology solutions for people on the spectrum, and its team lead on the project happens to be on the spectrum himself. The team developed TheSpectrumCareers.com with features that are especially useful to people with ASD, as well as to employers who are committed to inclusion.
Each year in the United States, 50,000 young people with autism reach adulthood, yet only an estimated 15 percent are gainfully employed in jobs that match their abilities. “Employment is a crucial part of allowing individuals with autism and other disabilities to live as independently as possible and contribute to their communities in meaningful ways,” said Lisa Goring, Autism Speaks’ executive vice president of programs and services. “TheSpectrumCareers.com will assist them in finding the right job that will be fulfilling and rewarding to both the person with autism and the business that employs them.”
Like other online job boards, TheSpectrumCareers.com lets a candidate create or upload a resume, an easy way to match their skills, experience, interests and geographic location to posted jobs. What makes the site particularly suited to people with disabilities is a tool that enables them to upload a video resume and actually demonstrate job-related skills to prospective employers.
Hiring managers can help ensure a good fit by adding visual elements to the job listing. Those could include a video description by a hiring manager of the job opening or even just a photo of the workspace, in addition to written qualifications. Those visual features go a long way in relieving some of the anxiety involved in preparing for a job interview or adjusting to a new environment, which can be especially challenging for people on the spectrum. The site also connects candidates with service providers such as job coaches, if requested.
"Having ourselves benefited from hiring people on the spectrum, we realized we could serve our staffing clients even better and help the staffing industry serve their clients better by facilitating a way to reach the wonderfully talented people on the spectrum,” said Hetal Parikh, president of Rangam Consultants Inc. “And in Autism Speaks we found a phenomenal champion for this cause.”
Autism Speaks, Rangam Consultants Inc. and WebTeam Corporation have posted their own job listings on TheSpectrumCareers.com, along with those in businesses and organizations of all sizes, types and locations all across North America. Employers can quickly upload job postings at Hiring.TheSpectrumCareers.com, where step-by-step instructions will guide them through the process. The number and variety of job postings will grow significantly, as will the pool of candidates, leading to a steady increase in successful job matches.
“We encourage other companies and organizations to post their job openings on TheSpectrumCareers.com in order to expand opportunities for individuals with autism and create a more inclusive workforce to meet business goals,” Goring said. “It’s a win-win proposition for employers and for people with disabilities, who have valuable skills to bring to the workplace.”
TheSpectrumCareers.com is the latest addition to the free resources Autism Speaks provides for adults with ASD. They include tool kits for employment, housing and residential supports, post-secondary education, and transitioning to adulthood.
Gerald Franklin of WebTeam Corporation said, "As a user interface designer on the team charged with developing technological solutions for the spectrum community -- and being on the spectrum myself -- I am excited by how well our developments like TheSpectrumCareers.com are positioned to serve this community.”
Autism is a general term used to describe a group of complex developmental brain disorders – autism spectrum disorders – caused by a combination of genes and environmental influences. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by communication difficulties, social and behavioral challenges, and repetitive behaviors. An estimated 1 in 68 children in the U.S. is on the autism spectrum.
About Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks is the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization. It is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Mr. Wright is the former vice chairman of General Electric and chief executive officer of NBC and NBC Universal. Since its inception, Autism Speaks has committed more than $525 million to its mission, the majority in science and medical research. Each year Walk Now for Autism Speaks events are held in more than 100 cities across North America. On the global front, Autism Speaks has established partnerships in more than 60 countries on five continents to foster international research, services and awareness. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit AutismSpeaks.org.
Rangam Consultants Inc., a certified WMBE, is a multiple service provider of staffing, payroll and IT services that has consistently grown year over year and rated by clients amongst their top-5 service providers. Rangam’s mature business processes have enabled Rangam to successfully serve state and local governments along with Fortune 500 corporations in industries such as: Pharmaceutical/Life Sciences, Financial & Insurance, Consumer Products & Foods, Energy & Utilities, Telecommunications, Hi-Tech & IT, Manufacturing & Retail and the Public Sector. More @: Rangam.com
About WebTeam Corporation
Winner of the Half-a-million dollars Verizon Powerful answers award, WebTeam Corporation is leading the way in the way technology, education and health care industries work towards improving people’s lives. WebTeam has developed TheSpectrumCareers.com, ColorsKit, EarlyTHREE, Jannya and Hekxo. More @: WebTeamCorp.com