Autism Speaks proudly partnered with 11 GAP retail stores to host Career Day on Thursday, Sept. 26. The morning was filled with anticipation as young adults and teens with autism had the opportunity to shadow GAP team members as they greeted customers, helped with transactions at the register and restocked merchandise. GAP is among a handful of employers who recognize the growing need for more training and employment opportunities for individuals with autism.
In an effort to help “close the GAP on autism,” GAP stores in the Northeast and Southeast will run an in-store awareness campaign Sept. 27 -29, where customers can make monetary donations at the register with 100% of the proceeds benefiting Autism Speaks. In appreciation for their contribution, each customer will receive a coupon for 25% off during a future visit. Click here to find a participating GAP store near you and support Autism Speaks’ mission to improve the lives of individuals with autism and their families.
To give an example of today's instore festivities, a GAP in Greensboro, NC, participated in a career day. Participants received a warm welcome and a store tour (and a visit to GAP Kid across the way), and shadowed GAP employees in the following activities: unloading and unpacking shipments, breaking down boxes, sorting clothes, taking out boxes and plastic wrap to trash, cash and wrap, greeting of customers, and replenishment (stocking of items) by folding appropriately and organizing by size. The day ended with a birthday cake to celebrate GAP’s birthday (August 21), and each participant received a goody bag with something personal from each of the staff.