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Spectrum Works Partners With Montclair Public Library For Autism Job Training Opportunities

Leading Nonprofit Organization and Montclair Public Library Form Partnership to Expand Community Job Training Opportunities

SECAUCUS, NJ –  Spectrum Works, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing job training and employment placement services for individuals on the autism spectrum, is proud to announce its groundbreaking partnership with the Montclair Public Library. This collaboration marks a significant step towards fostering inclusivity and empowering autistic individuals with employment opportunities.


The inaugural participant of this partnership is Brandon Del Porto, whose dedication and passion for his role at the Montclair Public Library exemplifies the transformative potential of Spectrum Works' job training, internship, and employment programs. Assigned to the non-fiction & fiction department, Brandon adeptly utilizes the Dewey Decimal Classification System to arrange books systematically, ensuring they return to their proper place on the shelves. His commitment goes beyond mere shelf-stacking; he diligently pushes books to the front, making all titles readily accessible and ensuring that shelves are never overfilled. Brandon has swiftly integrated into the library team, using his strong organizational skills and attention to detail to enhance the library experience for all patrons.


“I love working at the library,” said Brandon Del Porto. “My time at Montclair library has been very rewarding, I have learned a lot and would like to continue working here. I love being around all my favorite books. All in all, it’s all good.”


Founded in 2011, Spectrum Works has been at the forefront of transforming the employment landscape for autistic individuals. Through comprehensive programs created to assist businesses in creating inclusive workforces while collaborating closely with high schools and universities to pioneer job training initiatives that empower autistic individuals to flourish in a diverse array of industries, Spectrum Works has been a driving force in breaking down barriers and fostering stronger workforce inclusivity across New Jersey. The partnership between Spectrum Works and Montclair Public Library not only highlights the remarkable abilities of autistic individuals but also emphasizes the importance of inclusivity in our communities. It is a testament to the power of collaboration in creating a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive world.


"At Spectrum Works, we firmly believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to showcase their talents and contribute to their communities,” said Ann Marie Sullivan, CEO and Founder of Spectrum Works. “Brandon's exceptional work at Montclair Public Library exemplifies the incredible potential of individuals on the autism spectrum when provided with the right support and environment. We are thrilled to partner with Montclair Public Library and look forward to the positive impact we will collectively create."


"We are thrilled and immensely proud about our partnership with Spectrum Works, as it opens doors and limitless opportunities for autistic individuals within the world of books," said Jodi Silverman, Head of Youth and Teen Services. "Like all public libraries, the Montclair Public Library is committed to welcoming everyone. Through this partnership, we aim to nurture their talents and empower them to shine brightly and become indispensable members of the workforce, whether they find their permanent homes within the library system, a bookstore, or beyond. This shared journey is a testament to the transformative power of community collaboration and inclusion in shaping a more diverse and vibrant literary landscape."

According to recent statistics, approximately 1 in 36 children in the United States are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and only approximately 15% of autistic adults are employed. Additionally, due to the scarcity of opportunities in supportive work environments, nearly half of 25-year-olds with autism have never held a paying job. Spectrum Works aims to address these challenges by providing job training, employment support, and raising awareness about the valuable contributions autistic individuals can make in the workforce. If you are interested in learning more about starting an autism employment program at your company, please reach out to

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