Increasing Employment Awareness and Opportunities Project

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The Project will provide extensive public awareness across the state regarding employment for individuals with Autism targeting working age adolescents and adults on the autism spectrum, families, transition coordinators, vocational rehabilitation staff, and business leaders. Employment workgroups will be established in 7 target communities (e.g., Logan, Ogden, Salt Lake, Provo, Price, Richfield, St George) to support the learning and use of the materials contained in the Autism Speaks Employment Tool Kit and use of Spectrum Careers and other Utah specific employment portals. Using local coordinators in each community the project will host a workshop, disseminate materials and complete training on the use of the tool kit and employment portals. Additional workgroups will be scheduled by the local leader and supported by the project coordinator through distance technology. Each of the local leaders will: 1) host at least one other workgroup in an additional community and; 2) to continue to hold workshops 4x per year to teach and support new working age adolescents and adults on the autism spectrum, families, transition coordinators, vocational rehabilitation staff, and business leaders. Ongoing technical assistance will be provided during the project by project staff. The Center for Persons with Disabilities continue to provide technical assistance at the conclusion of the project. The secondary goal of the project is to reach out to 3-5 employers in each target community and promote their use of the Spectrum Careers employment portal and increase their awareness of the value added to their company when they employ individuals with autism.

How many individuals will be impacted:
The initial workgroups will support the learning of 105 working age adolescents and adults on the autism spectrum, families, transition coordinators, vocational rehabilitation staff, and business leaders. The project will support the expansion of at least one additional community in each of the initial areas for a total impact of 14 communities and the possibility of reaching 210 individuals, families, employment professionals and business leaders.

The project will identify and provide educational materials and training to 3-5 local business in each community for a total of 21-35 new employers who will be support in identifying and posting jobs on the Spectrum Careers employment portal.