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Having a Disability Shouldn’t Mean You Can’t Work

Here are Robert and Matt working on their on-the-job training (OJT) at Daily Bread in Melbourne, FL.

Robert and Matt assembled 35 comfort bags for the folks at Daily Bread in Melbourne, FL as part of their on the job training program. The bags consisted of new socks, shoelaces, combs, toothbrush and toothpaste, water, soup, applesauce, poptarts, gum, razors, lotion, writing pens, notebooks and facial wipes plus a handwritten card. Matt continued the next day Continue reading

Exploring Ways Neurodiverse Students Can Move From College to Work

Neurodiversity is an umbrella term that encompasses a variety of neurological disorders. These neurological disorders include autism, Asperger’s, ADHD, dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia and tics.

Chris Rogers and Nick Martin are two students who worked this past summer as interns at the City University of New York to develop a neurodiversity hub model. This proposed model is designed to help support young adult students with autism with improving employment outcomes.
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Entrepreneurship is Creating Meaningful Jobs for People with Neurodiversity

Samuel Bier at work at Popcorn for the People.
Image Credit: Lara Stolman

Unemployment rate among people with neurodiversity is 80-90%. Most employers constantly pass on employing people with neurodiversity. However, in this tight labor market where there are more jobs than talent, employers are slowly turning the tide and becoming more receptive to people with autism and other disabilities.

That is where the parents of Sam came in. Sam is a high functioning 24-year-old Continue reading

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HR Professionals Attend Workshop To Build a Better Neurodiverse Workforce

More than 100 HR professionals attended a workshop at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Mount Washington, MD. The purpose of the workshop was to build a neurodiverse workplace.

Ed is a client working with employU at Centerline Utilities as an Engineering Technician in Palm City. It has taken Ed many years to get to the point where he felt he was ready for gainful employment again. Today, Ed works with a project management team  Continue reading

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