May 12, 2020
Our world has changed quite a bit since COVID-19 began, including the job market. Though...
OAR’s employment initiative, Hire Autism, is a free program dedicated to helping individuals with autism find meaningful employment opportunities across the U.S. Hire Autism supports job seekers through various aspects of the job search process, including career exploration to providing helpful job search tools and advice. Hire Autism job seekers can access the following:
The Sandy Lankler Jobs Portal lists 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 can learn more about autism, recruit talented candidates, and access information on topics such as accommodations or best practices for managing an employee with autism. The Hire Autism jobs portal gives employers the ability to:
We invite employers to tap into our talent pool by becoming a Hire Autism Employer Partner. If you are interested in becoming an employer partner or learning more about Hire Autism, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-216-1372.
Hire Autism is intended for job-seekers 16 and older looking for their first job. The website is designed to be an autism-friendly space that helps job seekers find meaningful employment, internship, or volunteer opportunities. The information is intended to help teens, college students and young adults as well as their parents. Job seekers will be able to:
There is no cost to access Hire Autism’s resources or support. To sign up or for more information, please visit HireAutism.org.
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 help 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 or call 703-216-1372.