Employment Initiative

The Inland Empire has a 98% unemployment rate for adults with autism.

In 2015, only 23 out of 1,009 adults with Autism who are Regional Center clients are making minimum wage or more (2%). Over 390 (39%) were sitting at home doing nothing.  This was not unique, most Regional Centers reported similar outcomes.  Working together with our partners – Inland Regional Center, Department of Rehabilitation, State Council on Developmental Disabilities, Riverside County Office of Education, and San Bernardino City Schools – the Autism Employment Collaborative was born with a focus for improving these outcomes.  This included looking at systems to promote accountability, creativity, and stable and sufficient funding streams to support person-centered, meaningful lives.

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