The EmployME Job Seeker Program is designed specifically to empower and support Autistic self-advocates in their journey towards meaningful employment. AutismTN's EmployME program is strengths-based and centers neurodiversity by celebrating and embracing the diverse and unique perspectives of Autistic people. The program also includes online pre-employment resources, independent living supports, and a growing list of inclusive employers.
AutismTN is offering quarterly EmployME small group sessions which include a series of four webinars taking place weekly over the course of one month:
Participants will also receive AutismTN's Job Seeker Resource Guide and access to the closed EmployMe job-seekers Facebook group to connect, share perspectives and support each other in their journeys.
Participants will also have the option to schedule a one-hour one-on-one coaching session with the facilitator to delve deeper into the discussed topics, receive guidance on specific job opportunities, or receive personalized career advice.
Upcoming 2024 EmployME Small Group Sessions Schedule:
March (Monday evenings at 6:30 p.m. CT on the 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th)
Cost (total for the full series of four webinars):
AutismTN Members : $75
EmployME Job Seeker small group sessions are facilitated by Casey Davis, Adult Program Director at Autism Tennessee. As a seasoned professional with over a decade of leadership experience and a background in managing teams, hiring staff, and coaching individuals, Casey brings a wealth of experience to EmployME participants. At the Boston-based public media station WGBH, Casey managed a team of up to eight staff, where she also directed multiple federally funded fellowship programs. As an adjunct professor at LSU, she regularly guides students in their career development. Casey has also provided mentorship to Autistic adults through the Lurie Center for Autism's Aspire internship program. Casey became aware that she is Autistic at the age of 33. She is particularly passionate about supporting fellow Autistic community members in pursuing and realizing their personal and professional goals and to helping create truly inclusive workplaces where everyone feels like they belong.
We are thankful to our grantor, The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, for awarding the funding to help make EmployME possible and to the AutismTN staff, Board of Directors, volunteers, stakeholders, and those actually autistic job-seekers for helping us create a meaningful program.