There will be an estimated 700,000 adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) aging into adulthood over the next 10 years. Yet, a staggering 80% of adults with ASD are unemployed.
ASD is the fastest growing neurodevelopmental disorder in the United States affecting approximately one in 54 children (Center for Disease Control).
More is needed to meet the needs of this growing population, including service expansion, additional mental health services, and increased transitions services.
COLLEGE TO CAREER IS ADDRESSING THIS CRITICAL NEED
The UCLA College to Career program is an innovative approach toward helping young adults in their transitions from college to career. The flagship program within College to Career, called PEERS for Careers, teaches students necessary skills for obtaining and maintaining a job and provides an internship experience to practice learned skills. The program creates a scalable solution to employment barriers faced by individuals with ASD and serves as a model of higher education training for colleges across the country.
“I have seen an enormous impact on these young adults’ social skills and self-confidence. Each day, they are excited to put on their professional attire and go to a workplace. They become part of a larger team who understands and supports them. They exude a sense of pride and ownership that is indescribable.”
– Chau Le, Chief Operating Officer, Northwestern Mutual
College to Career hopes to pave the way for college campuses support of students with ASD and highlight opportunities for employers to include this very capable and talented, yet under-represented group of young adults in the workplace.
HOW CAN I HELP?
Donate today! Our goal is to raise $25,000 by the end of June.
WHAT WILL MY DONATION SUPPORT?
- Help further build and expand College to Career
- Increase support for staff, clinicians, peer support, and program participants
- Enhance support and trainings for employers of our young adults
College to Career is one of many cutting-edge programs offered through the UCLA PEERS® Clinic, the UCLA Child and Adult Neurodevelopmental Clinic and UCLA Center for Autism Research and Treatment.
For information about College to Career, please visit www.collegetocareer.ucla.edu or contact Chris Carbado at firstname.lastname@example.org or 310.562.6498.
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