Work Experience Program
Els for Autism Foundation offers a 10-week Work Experience Program to prepare adults seeking employment in the local municipality, healthcare, or hospitality industries. The Work Experience training program is an On the Job Training (OJT) model that 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 be enrolled with Vocational Rehab and have OJT as one of their services to seek paid employment and to work independently at the completion of the community-based work experience program.
Work Experience Program Partners:
The Work Experience Program is made possible thanks to funding from the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties.
Vocational Rehabilitation (VR)
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, Els for Autism 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.
Employment Enhancement Program (EEP)
Once VR resources have been exhausted, the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) can help fund supported employment services to individuals on the APD Waiting List. The EEP can help fund services for our clients to help them find and maintain competitive employment and participate in meaningful internships that have a high likelihood of resulting in competitive employment.
Individuals meeting the criteria in any Florida county may be considered for participation in the EEP. Els for Autism staff will work with APD to assist young adults who are leaving school, and others who are currently on the APD Waiting List, to secure competitive employment.
For each person who participates as a job seeker in the EEP, APD will allocate funds to provide the following services: Supported Employment coaching to secure a good job match; Supported Employment follow-along services to help retain the job; assistance with transportation needed for work and securing paid internships as pathways to competitive employment.