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 October 2017 | eNews

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Earning a Paycheck: Just the Icing on the Cake

Employment is about so much more than the money we make. Of course, knowing that paycheck is coming every two weeks provides a sense of security, but day to day, we all want to take pride in the work we do contributing to our communities. As part of our mission here at the Flutie Foundation, we work to encourage everyone to reach their goals and live their dreams.

With funding from the Flutie Foundation, Triangle, Inc., a leader in providing employment services to people with disabilities in Massachusetts, launched their Autism Career Initiative to offer training and support to both individuals as well as families and professionals in their career development. Triangle’s job club offers a forum for career seekers to find the support and resources they need not only to enter the workforce but to sustain employment with confidence. During job club sessions, participants can role play, discuss obstacles, and brainstorm solutions while further developing their social skills in a small group setting. Parent training sessions amplify the success of the job clubs by teaching families and caregivers how to reinforce the practical skills participants are gaining in career exploration. Completing the “Triangle,” thirdly, the self-advocate will be training Triangle staff on often overlooked challenges faced by autistic job seekers. By simultaneously convening and training individuals, their families, and service providers, Triangle is creating a foundation for success that can be a model for agencies throughout the country.

“The job club game me the chance to discuss not only my work experience but also life skills with my peers. I got a lot out of the 8-week job club and I recommend that others participate in the club”

- Heather, Job Club Attendee

Since implementation of the program in January, Triangle has seen a significant growth in career placements: close to 80% of the individuals participating in Triangle’s career services are employed, 90% of whom hold down their job for over 30 days. In honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month this October, we congratulate Triangle on their impressive work in the field. Do you know any companies eager to hire hardworking employees? We are proud to consider Triangle a partner in helping families live life to the fullest by promoting adult independence!

Photo: A particant from a Flutie Foundation funded training session who was hired by UHaul. 

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