S.A.F.E. is a small, non-profit organization striving to support families affected by autism. We aim to provide our members with the latest techniques, therapies, and programs available in hopes of improving the lives of our children. Autism is a severe developmental disorder with no cure. It affects the child's ability to communicate ideas and feelings, use imagination, and establish relationships with others. Their socialization skills are greatly affected and, at times, completely absent. According to the Centers for Disease Control, autism is the fastest growing developmental disability in the United States.
S.A.F.E.'s intention is to develop a Transition for Autistic Young Adults into Careers (TAYAC) program to address the growing need for career training for young adults with autism who are transitioning from the educational system into the work force.
S.A.F.E. intends to carry out this project by working collaboratively with the educational system and employers in Wyoming Valley, in particular, Lowe's Home Improvement Center Regional Distribution Center, and others, to implement a Job Placement Program for transitioning students with autism.
The target number of students to be involved in this program is 30 to 40 for the 2010-2011 school year with 14 school districts in Luzerne County involved. The ages of the students will be from 16 through 21.
Finally, this program will create more exposure and awareness of the ability of autistic persons in the workforce to maintain gainful employment, thus strengthening the bonds of diversity within our community.