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Career Day at The Gap: Job Training for People with Autism

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:

  1. Greeting customers  & handing out postcards for the event.
  2. Manning the cash register.
  3. Fitting rooms.
  4. Helping run the floor.

At each station, the young men learned from helpful Gap employees and interacted with a steady flow of shoppers.

They also handed out information to shoppers for this weekend’s initiative taking place in the Northeast, where Gap shoppers can get a 25% discount by giving a $5 in-store donation.

Thank you to everyone at the Gap who gave these four young men valuable work experience.

For more info on this weekend’s promotion in the North East, go here!


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