Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is the fastest growing neurodevelopmental disorder in the United States affecting approximately one in 44 children (Center for Disease Control).
There will be an estimated 700,000 autistic adults aging into adulthood over the next 10 years. Currently, 80% of autistic adults are unemployed, despite having many strengths and talents.
UCLA College to Career aims to change this statistic.
UCLA COLLEGE TO CAREER IS ADDRESSING THIS CRITICAL NEED
UCLA College to Career is an innovative program designed to provide training and support to undergraduate and graduate autistic students as they enter the workforce. It creates a scalable solution to employment barriers faced by autistic individuals to serve as a model of workplace transition training for colleges across the country.
The flagship program called PEERS® for Careers, established a 20-week employment-related social skills intervention using evidence-based teaching methods for autistic individuals to promote skills necessary in the workplace. The skills taught are transferable to all industries and across all employment settings. So far, we have enrolled over 107 autistic young adults in this program with 60% of those participants now engaged in employment-related activities (e.g. internships, volunteer positions, or paid employment).
This year, our goal is to enhance the employment experience for autistic young adults by launching an employer-focused curriculum. This curriculum will create an even more holistic approach to the employment-related experiences of both autistic young adults and their employers.
WHAT WILL MY DONATION SUPPORT?
- Enable us to launch an employer-focused curriculum
- Promote competitive and integrated employment for autistic young adults
- Increase neurodiversity in the workplace
- Highlight the skills and talents of autistic employees
Private philanthropy is necessary for UCLA College to Career to expand this program beyond what current funding supports and enhance the employment experience for autistic young adults.
UCLA 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 UCLA College to Career, please visit www.collegetocareer.ucla.edu or contact Chris Carbado at firstname.lastname@example.org or 310.562.6498.
TO MAKE A GIFT BY CHECK
To make a check contribution via mail, please contact Chris Carbado, Director of Development, Neuroscience at email@example.com or 310.562.6498.
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