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Autism Employment Connector Challenge Winners Selected!

Autism Speaks announced on June 13, 2022 the winners of the 'Autism Employment Connector Challenge,' launched in partnership with HeroX, the leading platform and open marketplace for crowdsourced solutions.

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The Autism Speaks-sponsored Challenge invited innovators including jobseekers, employers, students, recruiters and members of the community, to identify solutions that support autistic job seekers navigating the employment search and application process while effectively communicating skills and abilities to prospective employers. 
After careful review by a team of experts consisting of autistic people, family members of people with autism, service providers, HR professionals and corporations that prioritize inclusive hiring, the three submissions that have been selected as winners include: 

  1. Zensory-Blissful Job Searching for Autistic Adults, submitted by Team Screen Queens (Beatriz Ramos, Sindhu Bhairavi Kannan and T.H.) 
     
  2. JobQuest: One goal. One passion. Inclusivity! submitted by Carlotta Granholm's team (Carlotta Granholm and Wenyan Liu)  
     
  3. Autism Employment Matching Engine (AEME), submitted by Rebecca Beam's team (Rebecca Beam and Hilary Kokenda)

Congratulations to all of the applicants and winners! Read more about the Challenge here!

 

As a member of your community, you can have a meaningful impact on improving access to employment opportunities for people with autism or related conditions through Workplace Inclusion Now™! WIN is a collaboration of dozens of subject matter experts, business leaders, professionals with autism and members of the community. It was developed based on multidisciplinary research into what makes a workforce thrive and how employees and employers can be set up for success.  

You can participate in Workplace Inclusion Now by:  

  • Advocating for employers in your area to commit to creating more inclusive, welcoming workplaces. 

  • Facilitating connections between job seekers and employers in your community.  

  • Participating in WIN events to learn more about the value, impact and power of truly inclusive, welcoming workplaces.  

Workplace Inclusion Now is part of Autism Speaks commitment to Delivering Jobs, an inclusion campaign with Special Olympics, Best Buddies and the Entertainment Industry Foundation, to create 1 million pathways to employment and leadership opportunities by 2025.

Interested in learning more? Sign up here! 


Additional tools and resources:

Service Provider Grants

Autism Speaks School Community Tool Kit

Transition Roadmap to Meaningful Employment