MGH Aspire Works Program
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MGH Aspire Works helps adults with high cognitive autism spectrum disorder or a related profile transition into the workforce by supporting both the employee and the employer for a successful work experience. We offer services that support individuals as they develop social connections and independence. Participants learn the professional skills they need to achieve their full potential at work and in their communities.
In addition to our internship program, where we provide highly matched interns with employers that will help them meet their goals, we also provide the following:
- 1:1 career counseling
- Neurodiversity workshops and trainings
- Worksite consultation and evaluation
- Networking events for our employers and alumni community
The MGH Aspire Works Internship Program is designed to help adults with high cognitive autism spectrum disorder or a related profile transition into the workforce and build essential on-the-job skills. Our participants are carefully matched with employer partners who are eager to develop their talent and create a more inclusive workplace culture. Our career counselors provide on-going training and consultation, creating a positive and fulfilling work experience for all
An Individual Approach
Our one-to-one Career Counseling service is designed to support participants in their journey to attain their professional goals. Whether someone is looking to sustain progress already made or embarking on a career transition, our expert staff help set short-term and long-term goals so our clients understand the steps to take to achieve their potential.
Stay in touch with your community
Stay in touch with a community of MGH Aspire Works participants who understand the value of neurodiverse employees. Talk one-on-one or in small groups with employers who are invested in neurodiversity, or just stay in touch with friends from the internship seminar.
A diverse workforce is a productive workforce
Learn more about how you can get more out of your workers through understanding the principles of neurodiversity. Our individualized approach will help at exactly the level you need.
- Work with us to pilot a new neurodiversity recruitment program
- Make sure your existing programs are well-utilized
- Build your culture through workshops or HR trainings
- Get the right people hired with our recruitment support
- Support an individual worker or manager with one-to-one coaching
Become an employer partner
Receive invaluable consultation, training and feedback on how you can support your neurodiverse employees through hosting an intern. These short term job placements (10-12 weeks) give you the opportunity to work with an intern who is carefully matched to meet your job requirements. Furthermore, you and the intern will both be receiving a foundational training and ongoing support from an Aspire Works career counselor throughout the placement to ensure that it is a success.
The MGH Aspire Fit
We know that in order for job experiences to succeed, it has to take you into account.
At MGH Aspire, when we evaluate internship placements, we take into account:
- Education requirements
- Experience requirements
- Career path
- Cognitive strengths
- Social competency
- Supervisor's strengths
- Supervisor's managerial style
- Sensory needs
- Environmental factors
When we consult and provide trainings, we help organizations to do the same. Because we think of the whole person involved, you have the best chance for a successful experience!
We continue to support your success with 1:1 conversations with a career counselor who knows what you need. Our career counselors help you to close the feedback loop between employers and employees or employers and interns. Our employers learn what their workers need during a foundational training upfront and workers receive feedback on their job performance in a way that is productive, detailed and future-oriented.
Employers that we work with learn about opportunities to enhance their culture—they learn how to best make the jobs they offer work with neurodiverse individuals.
Participants that we work with get regular, detailed feedback on their communications strategies, professionalism and proactive approach. We give our participants the information that they need to take the next step toward success.
The "3S" Model
We help our participants to build skills based on the "3S" model. The three "S" are the skills of Social Competency, Stress, Management, and Self Awareness. These skills help workers make continual progress because they build on each other and can be used at any stage in a person's career to find opportunities for improvement.