A program developed by the Autism Center of Nebraska has been names a 2012 “Effective Program” by the National Advisory Panel of the Vocational Rehabilitation Service models. Executive Director Rene’ Ferdinand says their program is called Connections.
Ferdinand says they offer employment services to individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities and match their skills to what an employer is searching for. A staff member then works with both the individual with autism and the employer to overcome problems and create a positive experience for both.
Ferdinand says Connections has reached a 76-percent placement rate in supporting clients with autism in finding competitive employment. Fifteen programs were nominated nationwide and the Autism Center of Nebraska’s Connections program was one of two to be recognized.