Autism Alliance of Michigan Navigates Employment with Ford
The unemployment rate for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is estimated to be 75-90%. Employment has become an emerging issue of national concern as a growing number of individuals diagnosed with ASD move from adolescence into adulthood. Many will be looking for jobs in an inclusive workplace where they can develop their existing strengths, learn new skills and begin to build a productive and satisfying career.
Autism Alliance of Michigan works directly with the employer to fill a business need, recruiting and supporting employees at the ability levels and with the skills needed by the company and positions. Individuals and positions range from highly talented and degreed individuals, to those with more basic work skills who are able to be contribute to the workforce. Both employer and employee are set up for success and long term employment through this process.
AAoM’s employment program works with individuals who are underemployed or unable to access employment on their own. Our goal is to remove barriers to employment and gain skills in job and interview preparation, social engagement in the workforce, and harnessing talents and skills to maintain employment and ultimately grow within a company.
Autism Alliance of Michigan and Ford were featured on NBC Nightly News for their initiative Ford Inclusive Works. Take a look at one of our success stories from the pilot program. Ford plans to expand this program to include 24 more individuals on the spectrum in 2017.
Job Seekers: If you are interested in getting connected with AAoM’s employment team, potential candidates are asked to complete an online interest form on our website. From here, you will be contacted by an AAoM Navigator who will collect pertinent information.
Employers: Companies who are interested in following Ford’s lead in this initiative and hiring individuals with autism, please contact our employment team at 877-463-AAOM or Employment@aaomi.org.