Advancing Neurodiversity in Maryland’s Workforce!

The Autism Hiring Program is thrilled to be a finalist for the 2021 Changemaker Challenge!

Tune in November 9, 2021 at 6pm for the virtual live event where we’ll compete against 9 other finalists for a chance to win up to $35,000 to support The Autism Hiring Program.  The Changemaker Challenge is presented by the Horizon Foundation, United Way of Central Maryland, the Community Foundation of Howard County and the Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County Get your FREE ticket today!

A panel of judges will select three winners to receive grants totaling $60,000. All finalists will be eligible for a grant of either $25,000, $15,000, a $10,000 grant for an initiative that supports women and girls in Howard County and event attendees will select the winner of the audience choice award of an additional $10,000.

Meet the finalists and learn about their big ideas to drive social change in Howard County.

 

Did you know that 85% of autistic adults with a college education are unemployed, and over 70% of adults with autism are underemployed or unemployed?

The Autism Hiring Program was created by the Howard County Autism Society to advance workplace neurodiversity and acceptance, connecting businesses to an untapped workforce of skilled autistic adults and targeting jobseekers not supported by existing systems.

We’ve just completed the pilot year of this program and are building a sustainable pipeline for its future.  Here’s why:

Citizens with great jobs they love!   We focus on the person, raising the bar for those with autism and building self-confidence.

Business with terrific employees that speak to their bottom lines.  We match the ability of the person to the need of the employer.  Our program is modeled on other hiring programs run by corporations such as Microsoft, SAP and Ernst & Young. And we provide employers with ongoing supports.

A more inclusive workforce.  Diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace includes those with disabilities.  And differing viewpoints can only make your business stronger.

It’s about connection.  We help people who want jobs and can do jobs connect to employers who have jobs and needs employees.

Because employment isn’t just a paycheck Employment is a gateway to independence.  It’s a gateway to living one’s fullest life.

To learn more, email melissa.rosenberg@howard-autism.org or call 410-290-3466.

The program is sponsored by the Howard County Autism Society with support from Howard County, MD, the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council*, and Arbor Dog Foundation. Organizational partners include Accessible Resources for Independence, UMBC Training Center and the Howard County Office of Workforce Development.

We are actively seeking employers interested in partnering with us to build their workforce!  For more information, contact melissa.rosenberg@howard-autism.org