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TEACCH Supported Employment Program
To provide a stable and predictable work environment whereby the person with autism can, as independently as possible, be a contributing member of the work force.
Director of Supported Employment
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Division TEACCH Supported Employment Program
CB#7180, UNC-Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7180
The Supported Employment Program was created in 1989 by the TEACCH organization as a response for the need to create support for the growing adult population of persons diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. It began as a one-year research project that, once it was a proven possibility, became a program that meets the needs of adults with ASD and serves as a demonstration project for other agencies.
What makes TEACCH Supported Employment work?
"At Division TEACCH we believe that every individual with ASD is unique and that they all have potential within them. It has been our mission in the Supported Employment program to find and utilize the latest treatment approaches and apply them to the most difficult setting we know, the competitive employment world."
"…We schedule a community-based evaluation that allows us to determine not just the vocational skills the individual possesses, but also to see how autism affects their ability to access those skills in an employment setting."
- Michael Chapman, Director of Supported Employment
What do employers have to say about TEACCH Supported Employment?
"We are very blessed to have such a wonderful employee."
"Annie (the job coach) always makes sure that (our employee) always has the learning tools he needs to succeed"
- Kenneth Williamson
"We have the dual pleasure of having Erin and Iris involved in our company. Erin is autistic and does a very nice job in the bindery. Iris is her coach of many years and does her job professionally awe as being a friendly person who we all enjoy to see. Erin trusts Iris implicitly and responds to her instruction very carefully. It is our pleasure to have both these fine ladies as our workmates and associates."
What do parents and consumers have to say about TEACCH supported employment?
"The TEACCH Supported Employment Program has done an outstanding job helping me maintain good employment."
- Jeff P
"TEACCH has been a blessing in my life. TEACCH staff does a good job in helping me deal with working conditions. I think another one of my greatest hopes of individuals with autism, other individuals with autism who do not seem to have hope, my hope is that they will achieve the same level of success I have in getting a job like this one or similar.. and more over I hope they'll be as happy too."
- John C
Costs of Program
The program has an annual operating budget of $800,000. The program is funded in part by the State Vocational Rehabilitation Department, Department of Health and Human Services, Federal Grants, and consumer paid fees.
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