MERS Goodwill is celebrating the one-year anniversary of its one of a kind Autism Employment Center, which provides a place where individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can go to begin or continue their transition to self-sufficiency.
The Autism Employment Program is designed to focus on preparing individuals for the world of work and help individuals to obtain the right job.
Did you know the unemployment rate for people with disabilities is 50% higher than the rate for people without disabilities (6.8%). Since its inception, the Autism Employment Program has served 70 individuals through appointments and walk-ins. Out of those 70 clients, the program has had an 85 percent placement rate, taking approximately seven weeks to place a client in a new position. The program currently has a 100-percent retention rate for individuals placed into employment.