October is recognized as National Disability Employment Awareness Month by the U.S. Department of Labor. The national campaign aims to raise awareness about disability employment issues and celebrate the contributions of America’s workers with disabilities.
The Autism Society of North Carolina has made it a priority to help individuals with autism to secure and maintain meaningful employment, and recently was awarded a grant by the Walmart Foundation to expand our Employment Supports department. Part of that effort is providing the JobTIPS vocational program without cost to participants in three regions.
JobTIPS helps individuals with autism who are more abstract thinkers, such as individuals who might consider themselves high-functioning or who were diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome or PDD-NOS, obtain the necessary skills to gain meaningful employment, including the social skills that are critical to identifying, applying for, securing, and maintaining employment. JobTIPS emphasizes peer support as participants share experiences and advice, role play scenarios related to obtaining and keeping a job, and work on resumes.
The JobTIPS vocational program lasts 12 weeks, meeting once a week, and has a value of more than $300. ASNC is admitting participants on a rolling basis, so individuals can apply at any time.
To learn more about a free JobTIPS program near you, please use the following contacts:
- Greensboro: Shannon Pena, firstname.lastname@example.org, 336-333-0197
- Fayetteville: Kimberly Grice, email@example.com, 919-865-2267
- Raleigh: Kathryn Lane, firstname.lastname@example.org, 919-703-6675
When sending an email, please include the following information:
- Name, age, and contact information
- Diagnosis information
- Known supports needed to ensure successful participation in JobTIPS
- Employment history (volunteer experiences, etc.)
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