Only 20% of adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders have a job, and those that do get jobs have difficulty keeping them, mostly due to the lack of job training and supports that meet their specific needs.
Yet, holding a job is especially important for people with autism. A job can provide greater independence, as well as a sense of purpose and belonging.
While most people with autism are capable of being productive employees, few businesses, both large and small, hire people with autism and other developmental disabilities. Yet, when hired, employees with autism who do not receive accommodations and support, may have difficulty keeping a job due to their lack of workplace social skills.
Yes She Can Inc. was founded in 2013 by Marjorie Madfis, inspired by her daughter, after retiring from a 30-year career in corporate marketing. Yes She Can’s mission is to help teen girls and young women with autism spectrum disorders develop transferable job skills to enable them to join the competitive workforce and achieve greater independence.
Marjorie and the Board of Directors believed that core job skills and workplace social skills could be taught in a safe and accommodating workplace where training is the key mission. However, the training must be in a realistic environment that replicates conventional for-profit businesses, and where functional skills are transferable to traditional business enterprises.
Based on Isabelle’s passion for American Girl dolls, Girl AGain boutique was launched as an authentic retail business. Yes She Can trainees are coached by social workers, occupational therapists, and business managers, and participate in all aspects of operating the resale shop.
Yes She Can also seek to enlighten the community, businesses, and employees to be more respectful, accommodating, and inclusive of people with autism in the workforce. And, we hope to impact policy toward employment and disabilities.Learn More