LaunchPad is a 12-week long comprehensive program that teaches the skills needed to enter the workforce. While we support our participants through real-life work experience and classroom lessons, our Regional Autism Coordinator creates connections with employers to develop jobs. See our blog for more insight into the activities of our participants.
Lessons take place every Wednesday from 9:00am to 12:30pm out of our Spring Garden Road office. The first half hour of every lesson begins with job searching and applying.
Topics include (but are not limited to):
- Social Skills
- Customer Service
- Financial Literacy
- Interview Skills
- Resume and cover letter writing
- Conflict in the Workplace
- Unwritten Rules
In addition to the classroom component of LaunchPad, participants will also work on individual employment goals in one-to-one sessions outside of the classroom group setting. These sessions allow participants to set and meet an individual goal outside of the classroom setting and work with our facilitators one on one outside of the classroom. Past goals have included: learning how to ride the bus, learning how to ask for help, working on math skills for cash handling etc. These goals have been instrumental in participants gaining and keeping employment.
The LaunchPad program works in partnership with Ready, Willing & Able (RWA), a federally funded program, each participant becomes a part of the RWA Job Seekers Database. Information on the database remains confidential. RWA can also help provide financial supports for workplace adaptations.
Want to know what LaunchPad program is up to? Check out our blog!