Employment Boot Camp Wrap Up
In June, UF CARD offered our first Employment Boot Camp for adults with autism spectrum disorder and related disabilities. The purpose of the Camp was to facilitate employment-related skills and to promote job exploration. The week began at the CARD office where participants learned about work etiquette and ways to dress for success. On day 2 of the Camp, we sampled plastic modeling, welding, soldering, and routing with instructors at the Tech Toybox. Then, with guidance from the folks at Careersource, participants completed inventories about their work interests, and attended workshops on interview skills and goal setting. On Thursday, the group toured Santa Fe College and learned about the many post-secondary education opportunities offered. We completed our week-long camp learning about job search and employment services at the Alachua County Library. By the end of the week, everyone had seemed to have learned more about the kinds of jobs they might like, where to begin in the search for meaningful employment, and possible career opportunities. The group met new people and made new friends. We are grateful to the many community members who joined with us in creating this Camp for our constituents. Please look for information about our 2nd annual Employment Boot Camp next summer!