An Omaha-based program to help autistic adults find jobs has received national recognition.
The Autism Center of Nebraska, Inc. (ACN) Connections employment program for persons with autism and other developmental disabilities has been named a 2012 “Effective Program” by SEDL and the National Advisory Panel of the Vocational Rehabilitation Service Models for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders Project.
SEDL is a private, nonprofit education, development, and dissemination corporation.
15 programs were nominated, nation-wide and ACN Connections was one of two programs to be identified as “Effective.” The other program is located in Alabama. ACN Connections was nominated by the Nebraska Department of Education’s Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.
ACN works to support and enhance the quality of life for persons with autism and other developmental disabilities. The goal for ACN Connections, in keeping with the overall goal of ACN, is to enhance the lives of persons with autism by supporting them in securing and maintaining real jobs in their communities. ACN Connections was formed approximately three years ago as a program offering of ACN.
Additionally, the Vocational Rehabilitation/Autism Center of Nebraska, Inc. partnership was recognized by the Rehabilitation Services Administration as an “emerging practice” in their 2012 monitoring report, according to Mark Schultz, the Director of Nebraska Vocational Rehabilitation.
ACN Connections offers employment services to individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities who would like competitive employment in the community.
The intensive individual profiles and career-planning assessment lead job developers to find jobs which match the needs and preferences of our clients, benefiting both the employee and the employer by creating a positive and beneficial job match.
ACN Connections has reached a 76% placement rate in supporting clients with ASD with finding competitive employment.
According to ACN Executive Director Rene’ Ferdinand, “This is an opportunity to celebrate the high quality of work being done with and on behalf of individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities.”