Los Angeles Times: Long Beach Program Prepares Young Adults with Autism for Jobs and Self-sufficiency
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Los Angeles Times: Long Beach Program Prepares Young Adults with Autism for Jobs and Self-sufficiency

LA TimesBy Joy Resmovits
Los Angeles Times

Alexander Ryan considers himself ambitious, and he’s proud that he recently achieved a long-standing goal: landing a part-time job at T.J. Maxx and getting there on public transportation.

The 21-year-old from Encino credits his accomplishments, in part, to a program he became involved with soon after he was diagnosed, at age 17, with what was then known as Asperger’s syndrome.

Called the College Internship Program, the nationwide effort was launched in 1984 to offer job training, social skills counseling and other services to help young adults with disabilities — including those on the autism spectrum — become as self-sufficient as possible.

Read the full article here.

This has been a special needs program update from Asperger’s & LD College Programs. You may also click here to read the original article on the main program website.