The Frist Center for Autism and Innovation is aware of several companies which are currently recruiting neurodiverse talent. If you are on the autism spectrum and seeking employment opportunities, we encourage you to reach out to these organizations for more information on what type of jobs are available and how to apply.
The Precisionists, Inc. (TPI) is a national company focused on creating 10,000 jobs for people with disabilities by the year 2025, by providing industry best practices for delivering administrative and technology services performed through teams which include individuals with disabilities. TPI has established a satellite office in Nashville to work with the Frist Center for Autism and Innovation as part of demonstrating the Nashville Model. Specifically, TPI will assist with job placement opportunities and workplace accommodations for individuals identified through the Frist Center for Autism and Innovation high school and college pipeline partners (see below). The Precisionists were also featured in an article by Lehigh Business, which can be viewed here. To learn more about job opportunities through TPI, complete this statement of interest form.
Ernst & Young (EY) is a global professional services firm, offering accounting, consulting and more. In 2016, EY opened its first Neurodiversity Center of Excellence (CoE) in Philadelphia. Additional Centers have since been opened in Dallas, Chicago, San Jose and Nashville. EY is currently seeking full-time employees for opportunities in their Neurodiversity Centers of Excellence. For more information, contact Emily Edwards at Emily.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Specialisterne, a Danish company and social innovator, utilizes employees on the Autism Spectral Disorder (ASD), giving them a competitive advantage in business. Management and staff create a working environment adapted to the special needs of people with ASD to harness their talents. Today, out of more than 50 employees, approximately 75% are diagnosed on the autism spectrum. The Frist Center for Autism and Innovation is working with Specialisterne to develop new psychometrics specially designed to assess the unique capabilities of autistic individuals for appropriate job placement.
At this time, the Frist Center for Autism and Innovation is partnering with Specialisterne USA to provide employment assessment services as part of the Nashville Model, which includes UBS and other major employment partners.
We especially encourage individuals affiliated with one of our partnering high school or college pipeline programs.
INDIVIDUALS INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING IN THE SPECIALISTERNE ASSESSMENT PROGRAM MAY FILL OUT THIS FORM OR CONTACT DR. DAVID CAUDEL.
Cintas is a national company which supplies corporate identity uniform programs. It provides entrance and logo mats, restroom supplies, promotional products, first aid, safety, fire protection products and services, and industrial carpet and tile cleaning. There are over 400 Cintas facilities in North America, including six manufacturing plants and eight distribution centers. Should you apply to a position in Nashville, also email Cintas Nashville HR Manager Jessica Stutzman at email@example.com. Let her know your name, the position you applied to, and that you found this opportunity through the Frist Center for Autism and Innovation. When we last communicated with Cintas, they were looking to fill these positions:
Garment Hanger/Inspector, https://careers.cintas.com/job/Nashville-Garment-HangerInspector-TN-37207/600471300/
Accounts Receivable Rep., https://careers.cintas.com/job/Nashville-Accounts-Receivable-Representative-TN-37207/598881800/
The Frist Center hosts a cohort of interns each summer as a part of a collaboration between Fisk and Vanderbilt Universities. Both program participants and mentors are selected for the internship, which focuses on STEM learning and research. Participants must be autistic young adults (18+ years old) with an interest in science. Mentors must either be currently completing or have just completed their bachelor’s degree and have a STEM background. Autistic mentor applicants are encouraged, but you do not have to be on the autism spectrum to be selected as a mentor. More information about the summer 2020 program will become available in early 2020 on the Frist Center website.
If anyone has questions or would like to discuss how best to engage with these opportunities, feel free to contact Frist Center Associate Director Dr. Dave Caudel at firstname.lastname@example.org.