Autism Career Pathways Program

Training Programs

Autism Career Pathways is a comprehensive program developed in collaboration with autistic adults to increase employment for all kinds of differently-abled (DA) adults in various types of careers. The program is broken down into the following components.

Training Programs

Autism Career Pathways is a comprehensive program developed in collaboration with autistic adults to increase employment for all kinds of differently-abled (DA) adults in various types of careers. The program is broken down into the following components.

Career Mentorship Training

Is your company exploring the untapped potential of neurodiverse individuals to improve workplace diversity & productivity? Learn to create a unique company culture through creative mentoring that can decrease productivity gaps in your company by hiring committed adults of differing abilities. Learn to create a sustainable, win-win business model that leverages the unique talents of this under-utilized population and gives your company a competitive edge.

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Two Day Workshop Objectives

  • Identify potential ‘roles’ or positions within a company for DA individuals
  • Set short and long-term goals for DA trainees
  • Adapt current training process for DA trainees
  • Identify mentor(s) and his/her guiding objectives
  • Identify level of support, accommodations and progress milestones for both mentor and DA trainee
  • Identify the “How to” and potential activities for mentor and DA trainee to develop targeted skills
  • Hands-on training on site
  • Create a sensory-friendly space for DA trainee to access at work
  • Create a ‘bridge’ between workplace and home for each DA trainee to thrive as much as possible using a communication App
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Company Benefits

  • Embrace neurodiversity within small businesses
  • Be part of a solution to the 500,000 autistic adutls without employment in the next two decades
  • Create a win/win professional culture of mentors guiding willing learners
  • Take advantage of available state and federal tax incentives for employing workers with disabilities
  • Gain access to an under-utilized, loyal and economically competitive work force

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Training Curriculum

The strength-based growth mindset curriculum is designed for employment specialists, business owners and workplace mentors to develop knowledge and skills to guide employees with differing abilities. All components of the training were developed with input from autistic adults, their families, as well as various companies with full inclusion programs. All lessons incorporate video examples and practical tips for all types of career settings.

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Overall Goals

  • Reframe ‘disabilities’ for businesses
  • Connect and communicate with clients, caregivers and businesses
  • Using clients’ strengths to excel at work
  • Provide an accurate client assessment and support
  • Gradually transfer responsibilities to businesses to provide support and assimilate employees with special needs

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Lessons

Phase 1: “Autism Education”
Phase 2: Developing trust and connection with a client
Phase 3: Best practices for a “Discovery” session
Phase 4: Building a relationship with a business
Phase 5: Job carving for a client
Phase 6: Client integration
Phase 7: Exploring work acommodations
Phase 8: Goal setting and ongoing support

Online classes coming soon!

Family Workshop

Autism Career Pathways offers a three-day workshop for parents and young adult family members. The family curriculum utilizes practical daily opportunities to build independence, flexibility, communication, self-regulation and mindful decision makings. All programs include the Career Assessment Screening, workshop, a monthly online class for four months following the workshop, and ongoing individual family consultations as needed.

The family training curriculum is designed for any caregiver to develop growth mindset goals and objectives at home to prepare a differently-abled young adult to be career-ready.

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Overall Goals

  • Develop skills that will improve self-regulation
  • Executive Functioning: Self-management in independent and flexible decision-makings
  • Develop and improve social and communication abilities

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Lessons

Phase 1: “Autism Education”
Phase 2: Building a better relationship “Undoing bad habits”
Phase 3: Developing experience sharing communication
Phase 4: Interest exploration
Phase 5: Building foundations for collaboration in various activities
Phase 6: Nurturing independent decision-making
Phase 7: Flexibility practice

Classes forming now for January 2020!

Career Assessment Screening Tool

Career Assessment Screeening Tool utilizes all activity-based tests to discover interests, strengths, aptitudes and areas of needs. A video summary of a candidate gives a snapshot for a future employer. Supporting growth-mindset curriculum for workplace and caregivers will provide a road map to remediate area of needs.

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Overall Goals

  • Career Assessment Screening session: A short video resume and written summary for potential employer(s)
  • Recommendations for potential career roles
  • Create a set of objectives and training recommendations for a potential employer to work on using the Mentorship Curriculum

Benefits for the Differently-Abled

  • Become a reliable, dependable and committed employee
  • Self-manage for independence
  • Have a sense of belonging in a workplace community
  • Develop flexible decision-making skills
  • Develop functional and social communication skills
  • Be able to define, manage and monitor career goals

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Mentors

Are you a Job Coach or a Mentor working with differently-abled adults? Participate in a unique online and hands-on training developed to discover and nurture unique talents of clients. Learn how to build a relationship with small businesses to create a win-win work opportunity for adults with special needs.

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Autism Career Pathways logo: A wheel on a pathway with five people pushing together to move forward

Get In Touch

Location: Redwood City, CA

Telephone: (650) 483-7174

Email: [email protected]

Get In Touch

 

(650) 483-7174

[email protected]