Our mission is clear and precise: we want to help adults with Asperger’s Syndrome (aka high-functioning Autism) lead productive lives through gainful employment by providing employment-related services and training in a caring and open environment.
The services that Asperger Works provides are many-fold:
- Develop programs that will aid very under-served and talented individuals within the autistic community (including young people from 16 to 22) find fulfilling work, stay employed, and advance in their careers. These programs include (but are not be limited to) mentoring; job coaching; and education programs (in collaboration with NILP), such as
- how to seek jobs
- how to write resumes
- how to fill out applications
- Assist employers’ understanding of how they can leverage the strengths of persons with Asperger’s and provide work environments that set up AS workers for success.
- Provide support services and advice for both adults with AS and employers so that they can learn to work together and benefit each other.
It is our immediate hope that through our efforts, the Greater Lawrence area will become populated with adults with AS, who will be able to live productive lives fully employed without fear of discriminatory behavior amongst employers and fellow employees.
It is our dream that all adult Aspies will become self-sufficient, productive members of society.
Why the City of Lawrence, MA?
We have chosen the City of Lawrence, Massachusetts to headquarter our organization so that we may more readily engage the Latino population. According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention), in 2014 (the last year data is available for) 1 in 68 children in the United States or 14.7% have been diagnosed with ASD. These children will become autistic adults needing services like the ones offered by Asperger Works. Although statistics are not readily available regarding the number of adults with AS today, we know that every community, including Lawrence, has adults with Asperger’s Syndrome in its midst who need services. According to the CDC, 7.9 per 1,000 Latino children are diagnosed with ASD by age 8. That means that of the over 4000 individuals between the ages of 18-24 living in Lawrence, 316 will have been diagnosed with either Autism or Asperger’s Syndrome. For more statistical data please see Data & Statistics.
Meeting Our Goals
We believe that Asperger Works, Inc. will be able to achieve its goals since our Executive Director and a number of people on the Board of Directors are Aspergians and/or have other disabilities. Consequently, since they have first-hand knowledge of the difficulties faced by adults with AS, they have been working and will continue to work aggressively to ensure Asperger Works’ success.
Why Support Asperger Works?
Supporting Asperger Works, Inc. is a win-win for everyone. Gainfully-employed persons with AS no longer require public assistance or financial support from their families, are able to buoy the economy of the communities they live in through the ability to purchase goods from local and area businesses, and can aid their communities through investing in them through the purchase of property and the payment of taxes.