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.
According to their website, Jobs for Humanity “paves the way to a fairer future for all by connecting historically underrepresented talent to welcoming employers.” In addition to serving members of the neurodivergent workforce, the organization also facilitates job searches for people with blindness and low vision, refugees, Black leaders, single mothers, and the formerly incarcerated. Visit their website to share your story with potential employers, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to ask for more information on how you can become involved.
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.email@example.com.
With a high demand for data quality and flawless software development, auticon provides a neurodiverse and agile workforce to improve our clients’ IT projects. Their hybrid onsite and offsite teams utilize the cognitive benefits of autism to provide the sustained concentration and analytical mindset that makes us wired for success. auticon serves its global technology clients by recruiting, training, and employing adults on the autism spectrum for lifelong careers in technology. auticon team members are assigned to client projects that match their skills and expertise. TheirÂ teams include fully-trained personnel specializing in software development, data analysis, quality assurance and testing, automation engineering, and more. auticon works hand-in-hand with our clients and the local autism community. They encourage diverse work cultures, recognize each employee for their individual talents, and deliver outstanding quality to our customers.
To see auticon’s currently open positions, click here.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Let her know your name, the position you applied to, and that you found this opportunity through the Frist Center for Autism and Innovation.
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.
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 email@example.com.