Job training, also known as pre-employment transition services, is a skill acquisition service for adolescents and young adults with autism spectrum disorder in the areas of job-exploration counseling, work-based learning, instruction in self-advocacy, and workplace readiness training. Job training consists of small group behavior-analytic interventions to address each participant's goals. We encourage a desire to explore and learn about a variety of job opportunities.
Prospective participants and their families will receive a complimentary assessment with a member of our team to answer their questions and to determine whether our resources can meet their needs.
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- Job training is open to South Carolina residents between 13-21 years of age.
- Prospective participants must complete an assessment with our team to determine whether our resources can meet their needs.
- Participants must provide documentation of a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder by a licensed diagnosing professional.
- Participants must maintain low levels of aggressive/challenging behavior, such that they can safely access job training instruction in a group setting.
Participants will be assigned to one of two groups:
Career Explorers: This group consists of learners who are first beginning to explore career options. The focus of these groups is initial job exploration, self-advocacy, workplace readiness, and work-based learning skills.
Career Builders: This group consists of learners who have already developed foundational social communication skills. The focus of this group is to continue to build upon skills in the areas of job exploration, self-advocacy, workplace readiness, and work-based learning skills.
Work-based learning features workplace simulation as a t-shirt printer at The Unumb Center Print Shop, located inside The Unumb Center.
As participants achieve their goals related to job placement, community placements will be explored with the participant and family.
We hold two semester-long sessions during each school year, typically beginning in September and January. The Spring 2023 semester will include 12 meetings and begin the week of January 23rd.
Prospective new participants should complete the registration form and a member of our team will reach out to schedule an assessment. Following the assessment, our team will be in touch with an assigned weekly session time. Returning participants will be notified of their assigned weekly session time in the coming weeks.