"I think the special needs community is way more productive than people think," said Gabe Venuto. "I don't think they should underestimate us."
Gabe, 24, of Wilmington Delaware was diagnosed with autism early in life. He was essentially non-verbal until the age of 6, at which point he still struggled academically and socially.
"I think companies out there should give every person an equal opportunity to show the world that we're very determined to get the job done," he said.
Gabe got a new lease on life when he was hired by The Precisionists, Inc., a company that provides I.T. and business services to partners.
"This company was founded with the intention of hiring over 10,000 people with developmental disabilities like autism, over the next five to 10 years, said Ernie Dianastasis, Founder and CEO. "We work very hard to understand where and what their strengths are and where they could thrive in a corporate work environment."
This has led to dozens of job opportunities at the Wilmington location alone. Each hired individual is placed in a role fit for their strengths. In order to reach their employment goals, the company is expanding its reach both nationwide and locally with partners like Independence Blue Cross, PECO, Vertex Inc., CAG Truck Capital, Drexel University, and more.
Learn more about how Precisionist is bridging the disability gap or check out their openings!
Its so bloody hard. If you are high functioning. Employers expect you to be ether an engineer or programmer. If you are not in the technical fields similar to those. People see you as a liability or view you as a fake. When so many jobs base their hiring on personalty and emotinal intelligence. It gets even harder.
I wish I knew what it was like to make more then minimum wage. All I get is low wage work. People wonder why I hate having Autism. Why I loath all the debt I got into in college. It never ends. All jobs I apply for unless its a low wage job with no other applicants. I never get the position. It matters not what the job is. Or people want me to work for free.
I have been looking for jobs since Sep 2019. I was terminated after people did not understand my issues at the time.
Feb 2020 I was finally diagnosed with autism amongst major other medical things.
Mar 2020 COVID-19 hits - everyone hates it - I know
July 2020 still looking for a job and have sent out e-resumes. I would not recommend using vocational rehab services during a pandemic - unless they are really active.
Also thinking of putting in a profile on fiverr.com and try my hand at home freelance work in genealogy & heraldry.
Anyone with tips on the online world? Thanks!
Still looking at job notices. Not many that I have received have found anything - except for the spam filter though.
My age, autism, being over 50 is a point of contention with many people. If you know accounting? Brush off those skills and keep them sharp - that's all I see anymore.
I am now working with an autism society - it is a slow process. A slow one due to Covid restrictions in place. Using online meeting software and it is a different world indeed.
Only jobs I seem to be able to get is part time minimum wage work. Does not seem to matter what my skills are or my education or past successes. Its been that way my entire working like. I can't seem to get anything better. People around me act like I have never worked a day in my life. That the current job is my first job. Low wage work then long periods of unemployment. So tired of it.
I had my consultation with Vocational Rehabilitation and also found out that I am autistic as well. Was tested to see just to see. Oops. lol, I'm on the spectrum so to speak.
For anyone job seeking that is on the spectrum - keep things real, explore chances of employment. Then attempt these services. They have rules and policies that may or may not be useful to someone looking.
Also, double-check your disability options too. Why? it doesn't mean you'll take it. Just see if you are eligible for it especially if you have medical issues.
Hope this helps someone.
Another update on my journey to wherever this is going.
In my search for jobs and with the vocational rehabilitation thing has been interesting. Due to the virus, every effort is being made to stay safe. Whew!
Oh and for some reason, I am getting notices for jobs that I am not trained to do. Like I have been an office worker - without bookkeeping or filing. On the other end of the spectrum - forklift operator or warehouse worker.
How comical is that? It is not easy to get a job right now when the only options available are things you are not trained to do. I spent nearly 34 years in academic libraries - forklifts were not in my area of expertise.
Stay safe everyone - we're in this together!