Autism Society of Texas: Free Vocational Program
Open enrollment will begin August 2021 for the October 2021 cohort.
The Autism Society of Texas offers a free vocational program for those 18 & up who reside anywhere in Texas, thanks to a generous social services & capacity building grant through City of Austin/Travis County Health & Human Services Department. The intention of this dynamic program is to teach the participants how to create pathways toward equitable, gainful, meaningful self-directed employment. It aims to equip transition-age youth with the knowledge and skills to move through their journey with confidence by building a professional network, developing a mastery of concepts related to workplace etiquette which include communication and self-regulation strategies, and by building the knowledge needed to effectively advocate for oneself. This program engages a succession of authentic approximations of real world contexts, providing a rich framework for participants to apply knowledge and skills designed to promote the effective transfer of these skills after completion.
Please fill out our intake form here if you are interested in being in the program.
Are you interested in learning about providing employment or volunteer opportunities, or have other questions about the program? Please email us at email@example.com.
Autism Friendly Business Program
The Autism Friendly Business program (AFB), created by Autism Society of Texas, is a training program for businesses committed to equity and inclusion and who want to grow in their understanding and practices around diversity and inclusion for individuals with autism and related disabilities. The program offers training and support in autism friendly initiatives with the purpose of creating a workplace culture that fosters a sense of belonging for all customers and employees. Through this program, we aim to increase awareness and acceptance of individuals with autism by equipping organizations to become classified as an autism friendly business. Prices will be determined based on organization need and size. We also offer an Autism 101 training video at no cost. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to set up an interest session.
Business entities may also want to support the Autism Society of Texas by joining as an AST Member!
Statewide, we are here to help!
The Autism Society of Texas staff is here to help you! If you are an autistic adult who needs assistance with employment resources, or a parent or caregiver helping someone with autism, we offer free Information and Referrals and can point you in the right direction! Please contact us at email@example.com or call (512) 479-4199, Ext. 2. Para información en español marque Ext. 3.
The Arc of the Capital Area
For those in the Austin-area, The Arc of the Capital Area has an autism employment program, The Arc’s Autism Assets @ Work.
Texas Workforce Commission (TWC)
Statewide Vocational Rehabilitation programs through Texas Workforce Commission help people with disabilities prepare for, find or retain employment and help youth and students prepare for post-secondary opportunities. The programs also help businesses and employers recruit, retain and accommodate employees with disabilities.
The Arc @ Work
The Arc’s employment department has created a groundbreaking new website, The Arc@Work. The Arc@Work serves as a resource for chapters, parents, individuals on the autism spectrum, and anyone who works in hiring, employment, or the I/DD community.
The Arc@Work’s product, Talent Scout: Unlocking the Talents of Employees with Autism Spectrum Disorders, is a wonderful toolkit to guide employers through hiring, training, and retaining employees on the spectrum. This resource can make a difference in the lives of people with ASD and I/DD. Visit The Arc@Work’s website to learn more about all that Talent Scout can do for you!