Autism Speaks, in collaboration with Rangam Consultants Inc., launched TheSpectrumCareers.com in 2015, a jobs portal designed to promote inclusive employment of the autism community by matching job seekers with businesses, as well as employment service providers. Learn more here!
Autism Speaks Joins National Funders to Expand Inclusion in Employment
Autism Speaks, Kessler Foundation, May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust, New York Collaborates for Autism and Poses Family Foundation have collectively committed more than $7.5 million to support groundbreaking work in disability and inclusion in employment since 2014. The collective funding allows private companies, non-profit organizations, schools and universities and public agencies to work together in new and innovative ways to expand employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities.
The collaboration supports the Pepsi ACT (Achieving Change Together) initiative, as well as the US Business Leadership Network® (USBLN®) "Going for the Gold" initiative. Among others, efforts will also promote the establishment of public/private partnerships in local communities and the distribution of an Employer’s Guide to Disability and Inclusion Programs to corporations around the U.S. Read more here!
As part of this national funders' collaborative, Autism Speaks is proud to partner with the Workplace Initiative at the Poses Family Foundation. The Workplace Initiative helps companies recruit, hire, and retain the largest untapped labor pool in the country – people with disabilities. This site offers all the tools and resources a business needs to embark on its inclusion journey. It includes facts and case studies to show how disability inclusion drives business value and a do-it-yourself guide that will take you from “how” to “hired” in seven clear steps. The Disability Employment and Inclusion: Your Guide to Success was published in 2017.
As addendums to the Autism Speaks Employment Tool Kit, we have created three tools to help adults with autism as they search for competitive employment in today's job market. The rate of unemployment and underemployment among young adults and adults with autism is far too high and Autism Speaks is committed to doing all we can to help change that. Check them out here:
Attention: We have established 3 new networking groups on LinkedIn - to connect members of the community around specific adult-related issues. Please join us!
- Autism Employment Network, powered by Autism Speaks
- Housing & Residential Supports Network, powered by Autism Speaks
- The Transition to Adulthood Network, powered by Autism Speaks
Our Adult Services small business initiative hit the road in the fall of 2013!
Were you unable to attend a Town Hall meeting? View the final event below, hosted by Fenway Park in Boston!
Employment Tool Kit
The Autism Speaks Employment Tool Kit was designed to help you research, find and keep employment in the current, competitive labor market. Stories, tips and resources were developed from a collaboration of people, including adults with autism, dedicated to increasing the employment participation of adults on the spectrum!
Click here to learn more and to download the Employment Tool Kit!
Be sure to check our "Adults with Autism in the News" page for the top 10 recent news stories about adults with autism. There, you'll find regularly updated links to new and inspiring stories about individuals with autism who have found success in the workplace!
Autism Speaks Employment Think Tank Executive Summary
The Autism Speaks Employment Think Tank was an intensive two-day think tank which took place in June 2012. The discussion focused on the role of adults with ASD in the workforce and on the needs of the current labor market. Key conclusions include insights from business leaders about the effectiveness of employees with autism and recommendations that include possible changes to the traditional job interview. Read the report here!
Highlighting Individuals with Autism in the Workplace
Autism Speaks Family Services is pleased to highlight individuals with autism who are working as well as testimonials from their employers. This page should serve as a source of inspiration and resources for individuals with autism spectrum disorders, as well as for prospective employers.
Below are the stories of some individuals who are currently working in various fields captured on video. In addition to the videos, there are summaries of the steps involved in helping these individuals achieve success in a workplace environment.
The College Internship Program (CIP) is a comprehensive program for young adults on the autism spectrum and with Learning Differences. The program provides personalized support in the areas of college academics, employment readiness, and independent living. CIP offers six locations nationwide serving young adults age 18-26 as well as 12 two week summer programs for teens and young adults age 16-26. For more information, visit www.cipworldwide.org, or call 877-566-9247.
In the video below, meet Andrew. He is passionate about gardening and enjoyed working in the gardens and greenhouse at Hilltop Greenhouse. The Hilltop Greenhouse at Indiana University is an educational resource for the community and students to learn about gardening and sustainability. Andrew now works for the Bakehouse, a local Bloomington Restaurant bussing tables and also for IU Halls of Residence.
Bess always dreamed of working at or owning her own coffee shop. At Rachel's Cafe she worked with the owner of the business and her job coach learning how to prepare food. The Bloomington, Indiana community has many locally owned businesses that provide an accepting, supportive environment for CIP students to learn and grow.
"Hire Me" is a public service video that was created to educate businesses and other stakeholders in Orange County, CA (and beyond) about the job successes that are taking place in their community for young adults with autism and other intellectual disabilities. The video focuses on the abilities of this under-explored human resource. In knowing the possibilities that exist for partnerships, its creators hope that additional businesses will work with area professions to develop jobs in all industries in Orange County.
This video was produced by Inclusion Films, which offers a Practical Film Workshop designed to provide adults with autism an entry-level working knowledge of film production. Students are then encouraged to apply for a position at their own production company, Team Diversity Media, as well as seek employment in the film industry through other avenues. Services provided include public service announcements, electronic press kits, press releases and promotions.