Autism Employment Services
The Venture Advancement Center benefits young adults (18+) in the Central Massachusetts community who have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This transitional program focuses on assisting with the training, education and social skills required to find meaningful employment. In general, engagement in meaningful work provides a host of benefits in addition to compensation and self-sufficiency. Most people, regardless of ability, will derive a sense of purpose from their work.
As part of this program, Venture works with local businesses to help secure employment for participants. Venture provides education and training to potential employers and internship sites to explain the benefits of hiring people with disabilities. Staff also assist the employer with any questions they may have about ASD and offer strategies and solutions for any issues that may arise. Following are some benefits to business who hire people with Autism.
People with Autism have unique skill sets:
- Intense focus and commitment comes naturally for people with ASD which can lead to being model employee.
- Individuals with ASD can bring enormous creativity and they tend to look for new ways to solve issues. Their ideas can lead to brilliant new concepts.
- Passion leads to productivity. An employee that loves working in his area of extensive knowledge will be hyper-focused and productive.
Employing People with Autism is good for business
- Diverse workplaces drive innovation and enhance corporate culture.
- Inclusive workplaces can lower turnover rates while improving retention, attendance and safety.
- According to the Harvard Business Review, companies that employ people with autism or developmental differences see positive business impacts that include improved products, services and morale, higher productivity and ultimately increased bottom lines.
- A key finding of the Disability Inclusion Advantage report showed that companies that embrace best practices for employing and supporting more persons with disabilities in the workforce have outperformed their peers.
There may be tax benefits for your company
Consult your tax advisor for full details as you may qualify for tax incentives such as the Disabled Access Credit, the Architectural Barrier Removal Tax Deduction and the Work Opportunity Tax credit. More info can be found on the IRS website.