The National Foundation for Autism Research (NFAR) mission is to help in the development, expansion and support of autism programs and services that improve the quality of life for children and young adults with autism.
This month will be a presentation about the new NFAR Works program by their founder and board chairman, Juan Leon
NFAR Works is an 11-month, comprehensive vocational training program for young adults with autism and related disabilities designed to provide participants with skill sets needed for entry level positions in office environments and light manufacturing.
The program has four main components:
Technical and Basic Office Skills Training: Students receive training in common skills expected in the workplace, followed by specific skills needed in the job function.
Soft Skills Training: Students also receive training in the soft skills needed to be successful in the work place. The core of the soft skills training is through the SUCCESS (Supported Employment, Comprehensive Cognitive Enhancement, & Social Skills training) program, which is delivered in a small group setting by trained facilitators.
Work Experience and Vocational Training: Training is conducted in a simulated work environment and participants are taught tasks typical of an entry level position in that job function.
The program is designed to prepare students to be successful in the following common job categories found in mid-sized companies:
Shipping & Receiving
Copy/ Mail Centers
Stock Management & Material Handling
Job Readiness/Job Search: the participants would be supported in preparation for the job search process consistent with the interest and mastery of skills in the program.
Skills will be taught by hands-on training and solidified through repetition and work experience. The program was specifically created to help students identify areas they are currently best suited for and have an affinity towards.
Light refreshments will be served. We look forward to seeing you!