December 14, 2016
Erin McKinney is a self-advocate who has made the choice to find employment and use...
OAR’s employment initiative aims to connect individuals with autism with meaningful employment opportunities, and provide them with the supports necessary to succeed long-term. The initiative will guide job-seekers by assisting with the application, interview, and hiring process, and offer resources and research that will help facilitate long-term success. For employers, the goal is to encourage understanding about how to work with employees with autism, and to identify and offer supports in the workplace.
The Sandy Lankler Jobs Portal lists local employment opportunities and offers workplace resources for individuals on the spectrum. Hire Autism aims to provide job-seekers with meaningful employment opportunities commensurate with their skills.
Through Hire Autism, employers will be able to learn more about autism before hiring an employee, and find tips and tools to help accommodate their employees with autism. The first stage of Hire Autism is focused on businesses in the Northern Virginia/Tyson’s Corner area. Hire Autism gives employers the ability to:
If you are interested in listing a job on Hire Autism, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-216-1372.
Hire Autism is primarily created for job-seekers who are 16 and older looking for their first job. The website is designed to be an autism friendly space that helps users find meaningful employment, internship, or volunteer opportunities that match their skills and abilities. Users will be able to:
By using Hire Autism, job-seekers will not have to worry about when to disclose information about having autism or explain to employers about what autism is. Employers using Hire Autism are specifically looking for individuals with autism because of their unique talents and qualities.
OAR collaborated with the District of Columbia Public Schools to produce a short resource entitled Understanding Autism: An Employer’s Guide to help front line supervisors support their employees with autism. An Employer’s Guide is intended to hel
p start the conversation about understanding, welcoming, training, and supporting young adults with autism in the workplace by outlining five keys to success:
OAR welcomes any volunteers who can contribute expertise, suggestions, comments, or concerns about OAR’s Adult Employment Initiative. Please contact us by emailing email@example.com or call 703-216-1372.