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A gift of $12,000 funds a one-year internship and a gift of $1,000 funds one-month of job training. 

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OUR VISION

We believe that people with autism can be integrated into the workforce through education and opportunity.  Our vision is to change society’s perception of how corporations can seamlessly employ and integrate people with autism into their workplace. 

OUR MISSION

  • Raise awareness that individuals with autism can be valuable productive employees 

  • Create a scalable program that can be fitted to companies to start their integration of people with autism into their workforce

  • Increase employment for individuals with autism    

  • Directly assist high schools and colleges with the transition of people with autism into the workforce 

OUR STORY

Spectrum Works was founded in 2011 after seeing first-hand that individuals with autism have the ability to work and hearing the amazing stories of how having a job changed their lives.  After learning that 80% of individuals with autism were unemployed but many had the desire to work, Ann Marie Sullivan was on a mission to change that… and Spectrum Works was conceived.  The initial idea was to start financially self-sustaining social enterprises to train and employ individuals with autism, the first one was focused on screen printing.

 

The vision and mission quickly evolved after we co-located in Green Distribution, one of the largest screen-printing companies on the East Coast. We saw that a neuro-diverse workforce not only benefited individuals with autism, it also had a positive impact on the employees at Green Distribution.  With the help of the owner, Robert Butters, we formulated a new model to help companies build inclusive neuro-diverse workforces to help solve the unemployment crisis for individuals with autism.

 

Spectrum Works unique approach educates companies that individuals with autism can be valuable productive workers, provides various programs to help companies build inclusive workforces, and implements programs to assist high schools and universities create job training programs for individuals with autism.  Our model helps young adults with autism live up to their potential for stable, successful, economically self-sufficient lives and, at the same time, helps companies create neuro-diverse workforces.  Since 2013, over one hundred individuals have been through the program, and we are now in a position to take the model nationwide. 

 

We are motivated every day by our students and graduates - our story is their story. Our happiest moments are seeing their self-confidence improve, their skills increase, their friendships deepen, their acceptance into college, and when they ultimately become employed.

Meet 

Noah

Meet 

Andrew 

Meet 

Dominick

STUDENT STORIES 

Meet 

Dennis

FACTS & STATISTICS ABOUT AUTISM & EMPLOYMENT

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that can

cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. ​

1 in 59 children are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). 1 out of every 37 boys.

(U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2018)

44% of individuals with Autism
have intellectual abilities that are average or above average. 
Approximately 500,000 youth with Autism will reach adulthood within the next decade in the U.S.A. 

(Autism Speaks, 2012)

All individuals with Autism have social communication challenges, but these vary and some are highly verbal. 

(Prevalence and Characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorder Among Children Aged 8 Years, 2016)

85% of adults with Autism are unemployed, despite the desire to find employment.

(United Nations, World Autism Day, 2015)

Adults diagnosed with Autism can maintain consistent hours worked per week for significant periods of time. 

(Costs and Benefits of Employing and Adult with Autism Spectrum Disorder. A Systematic Review, 2015)

(Language and Communication in Autism, 2005)

Learn more about the Spectrum Works team;

the founder and the board