Website Connects Employers to Job-Seekers With Autism A new program, TheSpectrumCareers.com, links employers with job-seekers who have autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other disabilities. A project of Autism Speaks, a science and advocacy organization, and Rangam Consultants Inc., a New Jersey company that specializes in meeting the staffing needs of Fortune 500 companies, the site is designed ... News in Brief
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Website Connects Employers to Job-Seekers With Autism
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Website Connects Employers to Job-Seekers With Autism
The ASHA Leader, August 2015, Vol. 20, 11. doi:10.1044/leader.NIB2.20082015.11
The ASHA Leader, August 2015, Vol. 20, 11. doi:10.1044/leader.NIB2.20082015.11
A new program, TheSpectrumCareers.com, links employers with job-seekers who have autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other disabilities.
A project of Autism Speaks, a science and advocacy organization, and Rangam Consultants Inc., a New Jersey company that specializes in meeting the staffing needs of Fortune 500 companies, the site is designed to promote inclusive hiring and to highlight the skills of a largely untapped pool of talent.
The site was built by WebTeam Corporation, which develops technology solutions for people with ASD. The team that designed the site, led by a person who has ASD, developed features that are especially useful to people with ASD and to employers committed to inclusion.
Each year, 50,000 young people with ASD in the United States reach adulthood, yet only an estimated 15 percent are gainfully employed in jobs that match their abilities, according to Autism Speaks.
Like other online job boards, TheSpectrumCareers.com lets a candidate create or upload a resume. Job-seekers can also upload a video resume and demonstrate job-related skills to prospective employers, a feature particularly suited to people with disabilities.
Hiring managers also can add visual elements to the job listing, such as a video description of the job opening or a photo of the workspace. Those visual features may help relieve some of the anxiety involved in preparing for a job interview or adjusting to a new environment, tasks that can be especially challenging for people on the spectrum. The site also connects candidates with service providers such as job coaches, if requested.
Autism Speaks, Rangam Consultants Inc. and WebTeam Corporation have posted their own job listings on the portal, along with those in businesses and organizations of all sizes, types and locations across North America. Step-by-step instructions help employers upload job postings.
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