Specialisterne USA and the Frist Center for Autism and Innovation have combined efforts to offer the Specialisterne Vanderbilt Kennedy Center WRaP (Workforce Readiness and Preparation) Online Certification courses.
The WRaP Online Facilitator Course will be developed for High School Pre-Employment Transition Services, College Career Counselors and Disability Advisors, Community Agencies, Vocational Rehabilitation offices and eventually for Small and Medium Enterprises.
The course will use Specialisterne USA’s Intellectual Property, which has been called the “Gold Standard of Neurodiversity” by Harvard University to create an online curriculum, so any provider of services for pre-employment transition will have the knowledge they need to be effective for each individual person with autism. Included in the curriculum is job exploration counselling, integrated work-based learning experiences, post secondary programs at institutions of higher education, social skills, and self-advocacy training.
The online courses are designated as an “authorized activity” under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act by the Rehabilitation Services Agency. This means individual states can use their Pre-Employment Transition Services budget to pay for and deliver the course.