The goal of Next Step Vocational Training and Transition Center is to give individuals with ASD, executive functioning disorders, and learning disabilities an opportunity to thrive in the workplace by providing a specialized vocational training/placement program. This program will partner with area businesses and provide competent, job-ready employees who have the necessary skills for competitive employment and job retention.
Individuals with ASD and executive functioning issues are among those within the disability community least likely to be employed (Dew & Alan, 2007; Cameto, et al., 2003); according to Cameto, et al., (2003), only 15 percent of persons with autism are employed. Although a number of external factors, from market trends to employer discrimination, can impact employment outcomes (Hernandez, et al., 2006), employment outcomes can be improved by addressing specific behaviors common among people with ASD.
Employed ASD Adults
32.5% of young adults with autism spectrum disorders currently work for pay versus an average of 59.0% for all respondents. Only one disability group had a lower rate of employment participation.
Only 29.0% of unemployed young adults with autism spectrum disorders were reported to be actively looking for work.
And only 47.7% of youth with autism spectrum disorders were able to hold the same job for longer than 2 years. (According to a 2010 Survey (Kessler Foundation/NOD,))
- Vocational Rehabilitation
- Certified VR Specialists
- Continued Support