More employers hiring adults with autism

Nathan Myers with his job coach Susan at Saint Lucie Battery & Tire.

According to the Department of Health and Human Services, 1 in 59 teens and young adults that have been diagnosed with autism will enter adulthood in the next decade. However, there are approximately 18.6 million people with disabilities aged 16-64 that are currently employed, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In 2016, 17.9 percent of persons with a disability were employed with most of them  more concentrated in service occupations.

According to Autism Speaks, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to helping find solutions for individuals with autism and provide support for their families, says it’s noticed a trend toward hiring more adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Given this trend, employU is here to provide more training and support for both local employers who want to hire adults with disabilities, and training and support for people with disabilities.

Nathan Myers is deaf and also has autism and ADHD. He graduated in 2017 with his Automotive Technician Certification and is now working full-time as a mechanic at Saint Lucie Battery & Tire.  He is learning tasks quickly and is able to communicate through lip reading and the use of texting on his phone or writing messages on paper.

John Marinko working for Saint Lucie Battery & Tire

John Marinko has been a client with VR for over 30 years. He was most recently employed over 10 years ago when he lost his job. I’ve worked with John for over a year and have not had much success due to his many barriers to employment which included location, availability and disability.

employU has built a strong relationship with a local business, Saint Lucie Battery & Tire, which operates at 9 locations on the Treasure Coast.      Susan of the employU Port St. Lucie office reached out to the General Manager, Jeffrey Deans and asked for an opportunity to provide John employment. He readily accepted the request and was able to get John placed at his busiest location which was also near John’s home. John enjoys working with his hands and outdoors. He is very physically fit and enjoys being part of a team

Resources to prepare and place adults with autism in the workforce:

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An increasing number of companies across the country like Microsoft, Freddie Mac, and Walgreens are establishing hiring and recruiting campaigns and developing new hiring methods with this large population of workers in mind.

The growing number of companies beginning to realize the benefits of hiring people with disabilities as well as people diagnosed with autism is a trend in the right direction.

There are a number of agencies and state programs in Florida that help adults that have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder prepare to find and maintain employment.

employU will be at the Hire Day Orlando job fair coming up on June 8, 2018.

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