For many adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), networking with potential employers and finding gainful employment can be a challenge. Roughly 60-80% of adults with ASD in Arizona are currently unemployed, and many struggle with loneliness and depression.
To address this growing concern, counselors within the Department of Economic Security (DES)’s Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Program work to equip adults with ASD with workforce skills to help them connect to viable and fulfilling employment in their communities. DES staff also educate local employers about the many benefits of hiring a person with ASD.
For many adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), networking with potential employers and finding gainful employment can be a challenge. Roughly 60-80% of the adults with ASD in Arizona are currently unemployed. To address this growing concern, the Department of Economic Security (DES) collaborates with key community partners to host customized Autism Job Fairs to educate and connect adult job seekers with ASD to viable and fulfilling employment in their communities.
Team sports bring people together. That’s never been truer than with the Arizona Unified Special Olympics Team. Learn how one Division of Developmental Disabilities member is finding inclusion as a member of the team.
ARIZONA@WORK strengthens Arizona’s economy by helping employers recruit, develop and retain the best employees for their needs, and by helping job seekers find, prepare for, and keep the right job. Learn about the no-cost services that are available through ARIZONA@WORK.
On March 21, the Governor’s Council on Spinal and Head Injuries, in collaboration with the DES Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) and the Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona, hosted Art in the Atrium: an art exhibit featuring the creative works of people living with brain injury.
RSA helps clients who have suffered brain injuries complete their education goals, find and maintain employment and live independently. RSA and its partners work year-round to educate the public about brain injuries and offer strategies to avoid them.