People with autism often struggle to find employment cohesive with their skills. Autistics often exhibit weak social skills and have difficulty learning social cues. Though their challenges may be laborious, most on the autism spectrum desire an enriching and fulfilling job position in the public work place.
In Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the Marino Campus , which is funded by the Dan Marino Foundation, has paved the frontier for job training. The new Marino Campus facility offers a jobs development program to students with autism who have graduated high school. The curriculum will include academic and on-the-job apprentice training opportunities in the local Broward county area. The pilot program has had the initial interview process to receive students for their first year. The Marino Campus will be offering a post secondary educational program for those with autism and is slated to commence in September 2014. Florida families affected by autism have supported this local organization for many years and are looking forward to the Marino Campus opening its doors soon.
In Miami Beach, Florida a bakery employs those with autism. The Lee & Maries Cakery employed their first autistic culinary student trained by UM-NSU CARD . At Lee & Maries Cakery, adults on the spectrum are trained in the kitchen and at the counter greeting customers. One of the employees is author Marc Pulver. As an employee with autism at Lee & Maries Cakery, Marc enjoys meeting and talking with the customers about his life story he has published in his memoirs. The job experience Lee & Maries Cakery has provided to Marc and others with autism have been for most, life-changing.
Rising Tide Car Wash is located in Parkland, Florida. The Rising Tide Car Wash plans to be “a franchisable conveyorized car wash dedicated to providing employment for people with autism”. The Rising Tide Car Wash “is the first company created by CanDo Business Ventures, an organization that designs and deploys scalable consumer businesses dedicated to employing people with autism”. The Rising Tide Car Wash on-the-job training is often the first chance a young adult with autism receives to earn a paycheck.
Art for Autism in Tampa, Florida created the Artistas Café to create job opportunities for persons with autism. The extensive training combined with role playing builds the confidence needed for their employment at the Artistas Café and to become successful at any future career positions. The first Artistas Café opened in 2011 with a partnership inside the Mercedes Benz dealership in Tampa with goals of expansion with more Artistas Café to come. The coffee flavors at the unique Artistas Cafe are named after famous artists, and will no doubt become a favorite place for a cup of java at other venues.
Entrepreneur opportunities for talented artists with autism are provided through a network organization called Artists with Autism, Inc. Artists With Autism, Inc. is based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and provides resources and venues for aspiring artists on the autism spectrum to show and sell their artwork in the south Florida area. The artists learn basic business skills, and enhance their social skills while speaking to the public about their art. Artists with Autism, Inc. gives those who seek to be self-employed at their own art business, opportunities to share in group exhibits and art and craft fairs, selling their own artwork. Artists with Autism, Inc has a chapter in Pennsylvania and hopes to spread throughout the United States.
To learn more about the Marino Campus, Lee & Maries Cakery, Rising Tide Car Wash, Artistas Cafe, and Artists with Autism, Inc, please visit their websites.
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