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Continued Growth for CLE’s Career Development Services

The following is a special needs program update from College Living Experience | CLE | Choose Your Future. You may also click here to read the original article on the program’s website.

by Stephanie Martin, President


career development servicesYou may remember in the July Newsletter, Celebrating Great Outcomes, we released our 2013-2014 student academic accomplishments. We have been overwhelmed by the response from our readers celebrating these remarkable successes with us. Thank you for taking the time to pass along your kudos!

It’s an exciting time for CLE and the great news continues. In 2011, CLE began offering Career Development supports and services. Within two years, 27% of our students were accessing these supports. Now only one short year later, we saw a 30% increase with over 80 students entering the workforce. This is a remarkable amount of growth that has had a tremendous impact in our organization, the students, and our local communities.

27% of students enrolled in Career Development Services


57% of students enrolled in Career Development Services


We understand many students may only want to put their toe in the ‘workplace’ water while others choose to pursue a career path in lieu of an academic track. With that in mind, we design the highest quality of supports to adapt with their personal goals, growth, and development.

Looking back at this past year, I believe our success is in large part due to main factors: first and foremost, our team and second, our approach. We welcome students at all career stages and interests with a collective goal to remove the barriers to successful employment. Our team supports the students as they experience the outside variables frequently impacting workplace behavior, including:

  • Holly and a Wheatsville mentorUtilizing Reliable Transportation
  • Managing Finances
  • Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle & Hygiene Routine
  • Household Organization and Management
  • Safe and Meaningful Relationships
  • Support in the Workplace

In total, over 80 students obtained employment with over 20 national organizations and 50 regional companies. Opportunities ranged from full-time, part-time, internships, volunteering, non-paid and paid where students were able to build upon their résumés and gain experience all while honing in on their interests, strengths, and areas of improvement.

Congratulations to all the CLE students that obtained employment over this past year.

They deserve a big applause for their hard work! The wide variety of industries students worked in included:

  • Connor at Best Friends GaithersburgAnimal Services & Veterinary Care
  • Arts & Entertainment
  • Automotive
  • Child Care
  • Clerical & Support Services
  • Education
  • Film
  • Health & Counseling
  • Hospitality
  • Restaurant
  • Human Services
  • Information Technology
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Retail

If you want to learn more about Career Development supports to our students or how we work with employment partners nationwide please visit our Career Development page.

Also, be sure to read:


Newsletter Articles – October 2014

Albert Einstein

October is National Disability Employment Month which aims to increase our awareness of individuals with disabilities in the workforce. Obtaining and keeping a job is tough for most of society and can be even more challenging for someone with a disability.

Put your disability awareness knowledge to the test. How much do you know about reasonable accommodations, celebrities with disabilities, and a variety of other disability factoids?


I would like to introduce you to Ryan Rucci. Ryan has been a student at CLE Austin since August of 2009, when he first began his post-secondary education at Austin Community College. This December, Ryan expects to graduate from Texas State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Management with a focus in Human Resources. As he prepares to search for his first full-time job in Human Resources, Ryan reflects back on some of his past employment experiences and the goals that he has for himself in the future.

letter to employer

As of 2012, “Autism Speaks has found that 9 out of 10” individuals with autism “are either are unemployed or underemployed, regardless of their IQ or education level (Autism Speaks, 2014). There are a lot of different reasons for this very concerning phenomenon. As an individual with autism searching for work, I feel that one reason could be due to what I call “soft discrimination.” I worry that when I disclose my diagnosis to a potential employer, I become a liability or a less attractive candidate. I also feel that, as a person with autism, I take pains to understand where my employer is coming from relative to me. Below I have written an “open letter” to employers to share my perspective and perhaps aid in better understanding each other.


There are many benefits when it comes to volunteering that extend well beyond the altruistic nature of the act. College Living Experience (CLE) believes in paying it forward, encouraging all of its participants to get plugged into their communities. Here are five global benefits of volunteering that make the experience meaningful not only for the individual, but also for the community that they call home.

Job accommodations - Bobby working at the science museum

If you choose to disclose your disability in the workplace, there are no requirements about how much you share or whom you share this information with. Don’t be overwhelmed by all staff knowing your personal information, think of this as a decision that can be made on a “need to know” basis. One of the largest benefits of disclosure is giving you, the employee, a chance to have an honest discussion surrounding what will make you the most successful on the job. An individual in the Human Resources department can frequently be of best assistance in helping you to communicate with your direct supervisor.

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