118 Stories & Counting – Supported Employment

118 Stories & Counting: How Microsoft’s Supported Employment Program Is Helping People


In the Puget Sound, Microsoft’s Real Estate and Facilities group is partnering with vendor employers and employment agencies to create job opportunities for people who experience disabilities.

Watch as four people, along with their families and job coaches, share their stories and discuss the impact this partnership has had on their lives.

See: Microsoft Support Employment video


Small businesses create new jobs for autistic adults

by Leoneda Inge
Tuesday, June 3, 2014 



It is high school graduation season across the country and most young adults are preparing for life in college or in the workforce.  Landing a job in this economy continues to be hard for millions of people. But what if you have autism?

The good news is there are communities popping up across the country that have come up with several small business models that ease young people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) into the adult world of work and self-sufficiency.

read morehttp://www.marketplace.org/topics/economy/small-businesses-create-new-jobs-autistic-adults


Northwest Center

Since 1965, Northwest Center has been a leader in promoting the rights and independence of infants, children, teens and adults with developmental disabilities. Through ground breaking programs and services, we have helped transform lives and influence change across the nation. The parents who started Northwest Center refused to accept the prevailing notion that their children with disabilities couldn’t be taught. They banded together and fought relentlessly until the State of Washington recognized that all children—regardless of their ability—have an equal right to education.

Northwest Center is a business whose principal products are inclusion, diversity, and justice for people with developmental conditions like autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, and so on. Every business we operate – from high quality preschools, job training, and employment agencies to manufacturing, document destruction, food service, facility maintenance, and hospital grade hygienic laundry – demonstrates the value that emerges when people of all abilities engage with each other in work, play, learning, and life. Northwest Center proves that inclusion is not a compromise, that diversity and inclusion make all organizations stronger and more successful.

Website: http://nwcenter.org
Phone: (206)285.9140
Location: 7272 W. Marginal Way S. | PO Box 80827 | Seattle, WA 98108