On October 2, the Asperger Syndrome Training & Employment Partnership (“ASTEP”) hosted a Corporate Lecture event at Oracle’s Corporate Headquarters in California’s Silicon Valley. Three CIP Berkeley alumni along with one current CIP student were among the 9 young adults chosen to participate in this program.
ASTEP is a New York City based program that educates employers about the special skills and talents of individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome and High Functioning Autism. ASTEP also educates businesses about the benefits of employing people with Asperger’s Syndrome, as well as the accommodations they may need in the workplace
During this inaugural California event, participants had the opportunity to interact with employers from Oracle, Cisco, Genentech, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Semperical. The CIP students who were selected to attend experienced an inside look at what HR professionals from large corporations are looking for in the employee selection process.
“Our corporate lecture program is meant to give young adults with Asperger’s greater confidence in approaching employers and to introduce those employers to an extremely talented group of potential employees”, said Marcia Scheiner, President of ASTEP. “It is a pleasure to watch these two groups engaging with each other.”
Many of the students who attended collected business cards and plan to followup with the connections they made regarding possible future employment.
ASTEP’s ultimate goal is to help implement integrated employment programs for adults with Asperger’s Syndrome and High Functioning Autism. They encourage employers to incorporate the hiring and retention of these individuals into their diversity and inclusion programs, and give them the tools and training they need to be successful.