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Employment Programs

Work Experience Program

Els for Autism Foundation offers a 16-week Work Experience Program (8-weeks in two different departments at the host site) to prepare adults seeking employment in the local municipality, healthcare, or hospitality industries. The Work Experience training program 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.

Download the Work Experience Program brochure 

View the Eligibility Requirements here

View the Application & Enrollment Process here

For more information on the Work Experience Program:
Contact: Dr. Kerri Morse, Adult Services Manager
Email: kerri.morse@elsforautism.org
Phone: 561-320-9523


Vocational Rehabilitation

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.

For more information on Vocational Rehabilitation:
Contact Emily Danciu-Grosso, Adult Services Assistant Manager
Email: Emily.grosso@elsforautism.org
Phone: 561-598-6200, ext. 2059


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.

For more information on Job Club:
Contact: Dr. Kerri Morse, Adult Services Manager
Email: kerri.morse@elsforautism.org
Phone: 561-320-9523


Bridge Program

Work Experience Program participants have the opportunity to attend the Bridge Program.  For individuals needing additional skills before training in the community, Bridge provides a path for participants to matriculate into the off-campus Work Experience Program once specific criteria are met.  Bridge Program participants must have the goals to seek paid employment and to work independently at the completion of the community-based work experience program.

For more information on the Bridge Program:
Contact: Dr. Kerri Morse, Adult Services Manager
Email: kerri.morse@elsforautism.org
Phone: 561-320-9523


CONNECT Mentor Program

The CONNECT Mentor Program facilitates strong, positive, meaningful relationships that empower young adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities through a shared connection, inclusive activities, and professional development seminars.

About the Mentor Program

Mentees selected to participate will be graduates from the Work Experience Program who are either seeking competitive employment or gainfully employed. The 10-month program will require a 4-6 hour commitment per month for both the mentee and mentor. The mentoring relationship provides the mentee with a positive role model who supports the mentee in the areas of professional development, interpersonal relationship, and problem-solving. Mentors also grow in the process as they gain skills in supporting and empowering young adults with ASD, increase their social network, and develop their leadership abilities.

Now Seeking Mentors

Els for Autism is currently seeking mentors to participate in CONNECT Mentor Program. Mentors must be young professionals who have at least five years of work experience. Mentors must be able to pass a level 2 background check and commit to 4-6 hours per month for the duration of the program. If you are interested in becoming a mentor:

Contact Emily Danciu-Grosso, Adult Services Assistant Manager
Email: Emily.grosso@elsforautism.org
Phone: 561-598-6200, ext. 2059


On-campus Microbusiness

Spectrum Venues is a  microbusiness that employs and trains individuals with ASD and other developmental disabilities within the hospitality industry. Spectrum Venues offers a variety of rental spaces to the families on-campus and to the community at large who would like to utilize our beautiful facilities while supporting the Els for Autism mission. Learn more.

Employment Program Benefits

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. For more information on becoming an Employer Partner with Els for Autism Foundation click here.

For more information on any of the Employment Programs or information on applying for VR services or choosing Els for Autism as your Employment Services provider:

Contact: Dr. Kerri Morse, Adult Services Manager
Email: kerri.morse@elsforautism.org
Phone: 561-320-9523