A Partnership and Specialisterne Equals Jobs for those with Autism
Thanks to a great partnership with Computer Aid, Inc. (CAI), through a sub-contract from The Arc of the United States, The Arc of DC was able to start its journey using the Specialisterne training model to help individuals with Autism seek employment opportunities in their field of interest – information technology.
Jennifer McClure, CBI Program Manager with The Arc of DC, joined with 2 trainers from CAI and trained a class of 10 individuals, all of whom were vying for available positions with one of CAI’s partners. Throughout the training the individuals learned about skills they would need, such as programming and quality assurance, while they engaged with each other to show off their ability to work as a team and help each other succeed. Many of the students were also able to showcase their technology knowledge and skills.
At the end of the four week training, 7 of the 10 individuals were offered a job and the remaining individuals will receive help with locating other opportunities. The Arc of DC thanks CAI for this wonderful experience and looks forward to future partnerships, so more individuals can obtain jobs they are passionate about while building a career.