Employment readiness

Transitioning from high school to the adult world can be quite daunting for those with Autism. Research shows that young adults with ASD have worse employment outcomes and earn lower wages the first three years after high school than young adults with other disabilities. 

Workplace Social Skills and Employment Readiness Program

Our employment readiness program serves a diverse group of students with a vast range of interests. Students receive intense workplace social-skills training and are then placed in customized internships or job-shadow opportunities of their choice. Tailored placements such as these provide our students an opportunity to practice their “dream jobs” in a safe setting without the risk of failure or long-term commitment. This approach opens their eyes to the infinite number of employment opportunities available while providing them the social skills and confidence needed to attain and retain employment in an area of interest to them.

Ideal Participant:

  • 18+ years
  • Moderate to high functioning ASD or other diagnoses
  • Adequate receptive and expressive language skills to process information, converse with others using age appropriate language.
  • Able to self regulate emotions, behavior, and function independently

Program Highlights:

  • Target the social skills needed to navigate effectively in the workplace
  • Taught by licensed Speech-Language Pathologists
  • 16 hours a month of instruction
  • Meaningful on/off site internships
  • Meaningful employment consistent with students unique interests and skill sets
  • Onsite UPS Store Training Center (Hyperlink to individual page, Connect with Wiley Center website)
  • Onsite Outback Steakhouse Training Center (Hyperlink to individual page, Connect with Wiley Center website)
  • Coming Soon onsite CVS Training Center (Hyperlink to individual page, Connect with Wiley Center website)

Please take a look at our video to see our employment readiness students in action working:

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