Our startup phase will be financed through this funding campaign. We are looking for 70 'friends and family', who share our vision, to help support us as we become fully operational.
During the startup phase, we are planning to complete our pilot program with 'friendly' corporations, mature our service offerings, develop corporate education programs, develop our client intake process and complete our special projects.
AUTISM EMPLOYMENT RESEARCH PROJECT
The purpose of this project is to conduct research to gain insight and data on the successes and challenges of autism employment.
The research will focus on finding cases where adults on the spectrum have been successfully hired and retained as employees in high business value jobs, as well as cases where challenges have prevented employment. To gain a holistic view, interviews will be conducted with the corporation, the adult on the spectrum, and caretakers/supporters of the individual.
The research will provide insight and data to validate and strengthen The Spectrum Works’ business model, help drive and inform key organizational decisions and determine the types of partnerships needed to ensure our clients successfully attain and retain jobs.
PERCEPTION VIDEO PROJECT
AUTISM IN THE WORKPLACE
The purpose of this project is to develop an inspirational video that can be utilized during The Spectrum Works’ corporate presentations.
The premise of the project is that people have a negative connotation with hiring a person with a challenge. As much as they may want to embrace the idea of hiring a person with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), or to become more socially conscious and responsible, they may have a perception that hiring the individual will cause disruption to their organization.
The purpose of the video is to change such perceptions that may exist related to hiring an adult on the spectrum.
JOB ANALYSIS SURVEY PROJECT
The purpose of this project is to determine the type of roles or corporate jobs that are better suited to the gifts of the adults on the spectrum.
Over time, we will become experts in this area from our experience of successfully employing individuals in these roles, but we’d like to initially develop a baseline ranking of high-potential jobs.
We will conduct a survey with experienced autism community resources asking them to rank job codes from the U.S. Labor Department for which they think adults on the spectrum will be most successful; for which they have unique gifts.