Planning Underway for New ASD Employment Mentoring Program

ASMC has had an extraordinary opportunity this year, thanks to a partnership with the Multicultural Leadership Program: An MCLP project team has been working since fall 2012 to help ASMC plan a new autism employment mentoring program. This new mentoring program, "Bridges to Work", is focused on helping adults on the autism spectrum work on employment networking and job preparedness skills.

The team conducted a small 6-week program pilot, with three adult mentees with autism and three adult volunteer mentors, who worked one-on-one through a series of activities planned by the MCLP team — including how to prepare for job interviews, mock interview experiences, resume writing, and job shadowing opportunities. The Autism Society of McLean County has been working for several years now on employment awareness through its Diversity’s Missing Piece steering committee. Together with our MCLP project team, we are hoping to build “Bridges to Work” into an ongoing ASMC program.

You’re invited:

MCLP project team will present a summary of their project on Saturday, March 9th at Heartland Community College Astroth Auditorium. Five MCLP community project teams will present throughout the morning from 8:00 to 10:45 am. The ASMC team presentation is last, so they will begin approximately 10:00. ASMC members are invited and encouraged to attend.

Final Community Project Presentations:

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MCLP Class of 2013 Graduation:

Consider supporting our ASMC-MCLP project team by registering to attend the MCLP Class of 2013 Graduation Celebration Dinner on April 13. Tickets must be purchased in advance by March 28.

Saturday, March 9, 2013 - 8:00am to 10:45am

Hire Autistic People; Here's Why

A good article from inc.com: http://www.inc.com/margaret-heffernan/hire-autistic-people-heres-why.html

Chantal Sicile-Kira is a leading authority on adolescent and early-adult autism. She's written five books on the subject, the latest of which Jeremy co-authored. A passionate advocate for the autism community, she is adamant that autistic adults can and will be valued employees.

"Lots of people are pushed into academic qualifications and that's fine," she says. "But then the system breaks down after high school. It's important for people on the autism spectrum to take an extra school year to learn life skills: self advocacy, relationships, organization. If they can do this, they can become employable. It's utterly wrong that they should end up pushing shopping carts when, a year earlier they were getting high grades."

"It will be an economic failure if the new wave of high school graduates can't be employed. All these kids have talent and ability and a tremendous capacity to contribute. We have to stop thinking that all employees have to be the same, with the same skills, the same attributes."

Read the whole article here: http://www.inc.com/margaret-heffernan/hire-autistic-people-heres-why.html

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