Work Experience Program
Els for Autism Foundation offers an 18-week Work Experience Program to prepare adults seeking employment in a local municipality, hospitality or healthcare industries. This training program, offered in partnership with Jupiter Medical Center, PGA National Resort & Spa, and coming in January 2019 the Town of Jupiter, allows participants with developmental disabilities ages 18+ who have completed high school, to learn industry-specific work-skills and demonstrate their ability to add value to core business operations. Participants must have the goals to seek paid employment and to work independently at the completion of the community-based work experience program. Els for Autism is a Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) provider for Employment Services and all participants must be VR customers. Once participants complete the training program, Foundation staff work with community employers to secure paid employment positions. Those looking to pursue post-secondary education, with the use of funding from Vocational Rehabilitation, should complete their education before participating in the Work Experience Program.
- Job Club
Work Experience Program participants have the opportunity to attend Job Club, which meets once a week on The Els Center of Excellence campus. Led by Adult Services Program Coordinator, Job Club provides instruction on pre-employment skills such as applying for a job, interview skills, letters of recommendation, teamwork, first impressions, self-advocacy, getting along with co-workers, handling criticism, and customer service. When learning about applying for jobs, participants use the computer lab to create a portfolio that includes a resume, cover letter, and list of references.
- Bridge Program
Work Experience Program participants have the opportunity to attend the Bridge Program. The Bridge Program is for those needing additional skills before training in the community. It is an on-campus, intensive program with a goal of matriculating into the off-campus Work Experience Program once program criteria are met. Bridge Progam participants must have the goals to seek paid employment and to work independently at the completion of the community-based work experience program. Please see the eligibility criteria above.
Hospitality Work Experience Program in partnership with PGA National Resort and Spa | August 14 – December 20, 2018
Registration for this session is now closed. Contact the Foundation for future Work Experience Progam opportunities and dates.
For more information on the Work Experience Program, Job Club, Bridge Program or information on applying for VR services or choosing Els for Autism as your Employment Services provider:
Contact: Dr. Kerri Morse, Adult Services Manager
Benefits for participants:
So often, who we are is what we do. Besides earning an income, employment is a necessary means for individuals to have a sense of independence, become part of their community, and share their strengths and talents.
Benefits for employers:
Partnering with Els for Autism gives your business support in recruiting employees with special needs whose talents align with your business goals. Els for Autism offers assistance during the on-boarding, orientation, skill development, and retention process.
In addition, the Els for Autism Foundation provides on-site training for managers and staff to support existing diversity initiatives and enhance workplace culture. Businesses accommodating people with disabilities may qualify for tax credits and deductions. More detailed information may be found in the IRS publication.