Make I.T. SOAR is an initiative of SOAR Fox Cities created to empower individuals with differing abilities throughout our community.
The Invisible Disability
Autism is the fastest growing developmental disability (CDC, 2014) with an expected increase in U.S. children of approximately 119.4% from 2000 to 2010. Additionally, about 35% of young adults (ages 19-23) with Autism have not had a job or received postgraduate education after leaving high school (Shattuck et al., 2012), with some estimates indicating that the rate of underemployment among adults with Autism exceeds 90%. In the next decade, 500,000 teens and young adults with Autism will enter adulthood and be looking for work – along with the current adult workforce.
However, many high functioning individuals on the Autism spectrum have high technical skills and interest, making them perfect candidates for a wide variety of I.T. jobs. These two key factors allow for the Make I.T. SOAR program to exist and give individuals the opportunity to be gainfully employed while filling the community’s need for local, cost effective, I.T. talent. Take a look at what solutions we offer.
Breaking the Stigma
At Make I.T. SOAR, we offer high-functioning individuals on the Autism spectrum (also known as Asperger’s Syndrome) the opportunity they deserve to be gainfully employed in the Information Technology industry.
“It’s a wonderful opportunity for these young adults with autism to help create
solutions for organizations of all sizes, as it relates to I.T.”
Kathi Seifert, Former EVP of Kimberly Clark
Named to Forbes’ America’s Top Businesswoman List in 2001