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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Emmalee completed the Work Experience Program at PGA National Resort & Spa and is now employed by Joey D Golf. 

PGA National Resort & Spa
August 14 – December 20, 2018

 

Hospitality Work Experience Program in partnership with PGA National Resort and Spa

PGA National Resort and Spa Palm Beach Gardens

The hospitality industry Work Experience Program is in partnership with PGA National Resort and Spa (Fall 2019). Participants work in the Golf Department maintain golf courses, prepare equipment and retrieve golf balls. In the Stewarding Department participants polish silverware, wash dishes, and do custodial work throughout hotel.  Participants whom work in the Housekeeping department prepare linens for distribution throughout the hotel.

 Registration closed. For more information:

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

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.

Download the Work Experience Program brochure 

Town of Jupiter
January 15 – May 2, 2019

Municipality Work Experience Program in partnership with Town of Jupiter

The local municipality industry Work Experience Program is in partnership with the Town of Jupiter (Spring 2019). Participants work in the Buildings Department learning office skills such as scanning and filing, and in the Recreation Department gaining skills in ground maintenance and recreation services. The third site during the Spring 2019 Work Experience Program will be held at Jupiter Medical Center in the Materials Department.

Participants will
• Gain valuable experience working within a recreation or clerical setting at the Town of Jupiter
• Enhance social skills in the workplace
• Learn skills to obtain paid employment upon completion of the program

PROGRAM SCHEDULE
16-week session, January 15 – May 2
Tuesdays and Thursdays
9:00a.m.- 12:30p.m.

APPLICATION DETAILS
Application deadline is December 6, 2018.
Application Fee: $50

To register now:

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

Learn more about the application and enrollment process.
Learn more about eligibility criteria.

 

Jupiter Medical Center
January 15 – May 2, 2019 

Healthcare Work Experience Program in partnership with Jupiter Medical Center

The healthcare industry Work Experience Program is in partnership with Jupiter Medical Center (Summer 2019). Participants explore two internships during this 16-week program in the Materials, Dietary, and the OR (Operating Room) Department. Participants in Materials use pick sheets to fulfill orders, breakdown shipping material, and deliver materials throughout the hospital. Participants in the OR learn the systematic task of pulling supplies and preparing trays for surgery. Participants who work in Dietary maintain the cleanliness of the cafeteria, stock items, and prep utensils.

Participants will:
• Gain valuable experience working within a warehouse at Jupiter Medical Center
• Enhance social skills in the workplace
• Learn skills to obtain paid employment upon completion of the program

PROGRAM SCHEDULE
16-week session, January 15 – May 2
Tuesdays and Thursdays
9:00a.m.- 12:30p.m.

APPLICATION DETAILS
Application deadline is December 6, 2018.
Application Fee: $50

To register now:

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

Learn more about the application and enrollment process.
Learn more about eligibility criteria.

 

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 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
Email: kerri.morse@elsforautism.org
Phone: 561-320-9523