Every April, ServiceSource celebrates World Autism Awareness Day to recognize and celebrate people on the Autism spectrum. This day kicks-off an entire month of recognition for the community.
ServiceSource’s internal diversity, equity and inclusion program, DRIVE, stands behind the decision made by the Autism Society of America (ASA) and other disability organizations to announce the renaming of “Autism Awareness Month” to “Autism Acceptance Month”. The goal is to cultivate acceptance and increase support and opportunities in employment, affordable and accessible housing, comprehensive long-term services, education, and affordable healthcare.
We are also excited to share the proclamation given to us on April 23 by Fairfax County Board Supervisor, Pat Herrity to celebrate the meaning of this month.
People on the Autism spectrum are valuable employees and help create a diverse, efficient, and inclusive workplace; however, roughly over 85 percent of people on the Autism spectrum are unemployed due to difficulties with social skills, along with general prejudices about Autism at-large. Studies have found that employees on the Autism spectrum bring several highly sought-after skills to the workforce, including:
- Concentration, focus, and precise execution of tasks
- Dependability and punctuality
- Organization and memory
- Technical abilities such as coding, design, engineering
- Passion for their coworkers and work
ServiceSource is proud to be serving people on the Autism spectrum. Within our Autism Services program, offered in both our Virginia and Delaware regional offices, ServiceSource supports participants find and maintain gainful employment, housing, education and other opportunities. We also work alongside many people on the Autism spectrum internally.
We are committed to ensuring those on the Autism spectrum have equitable access to achieving their personal goals and equitable access within their communities.
*Please note all COVID-19 protocols were followed per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance while taking photo.
Gabe: Autism Services Participant Spotlight
Gabe Mayuga was supported by our Virginia-based Autism services program in 2016. He attended soft-skills groups and received 1:1 service with a Job Coach. While in the program, Gabe obtained an internship at the Fairfax County Office of Elections that turned into permanent employment in 2017. He graduated from George Mason University in 2019 with a Bachelors in Fine Art.
Gabe enjoys socializing with coworkers and likes that fact that he has gained valuable experience, including learning various job-specific skills in proofreading voter registrations. When he was an intern, Gabe created the design for the “I voted” stickers and has a long-term goal of becoming a graphic designer.
Gabe is also a painter. When he was in NOVA community college and has been told by teachers, family members, parents, friends that he has a real talent for mixing colors and achieving the details. Gabe enjoys painting because, in his words, “it helps me express my feelings and thoughts through individual colors.”
Autism Appreciation Event
April 28, 2021
5:30 – 7:00 PM (Eastern)
To register, visit http://ow.ly/47NF50EqmLl
Join us for our second virtual Autism Appreciation Event! Show your support for several artists on the Autism spectrum as they share their paintings, poems and music with you virtually. Several pieces shown will also be on sale at the event.