To address the growing demands of the program and to scale and intensify our impact (see Making A Difference section below), we are pursuing the following goals:
Your support helps make more and more neurodivergent individuals reach their fullest potential and be seen, heard, and known in the workplace.
There are many ways you can support our mission.
Each year in the US, about 67,000 autistic children turn 18. Sixty percent or about 40,000 have no or only a mild level of intellectual disability. They are capable of higher educational and employment outcomes. Only about 23,000 enter a 2 or a 4 year college and most of them do not disclose their disability to the college. Of those that disclose, about 2,600 graduate with an Associate or bachelors degree. We do not know how many graduate without disclosing. Nor do we know how many of them end up in paid employment. What we do do know is only 14% of all autistic adults have a paid employment in a community integrated setting.
Over the last three years, we have conducted multiple workplace readiness program sessions with an average of seven students per cohort. The overall completion rate for these cohorts is 93% and we have placed 67% of our alumni in hiring companies throughout the country. We feel confident that our mission is vital and our approach has meaningful traction.
Neurodiversity Pathways is a social impact mission service of Goodwill of Silicon Valley, which is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Thank you for your contribution.