As children with autism transition to young adults, there are often fewer recreational, social and academic opportunities available. Even more critical is a need for life skills and job training skills that can promote financial independence, emotional growth and connection to the community. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 17.1 percent of the population with disabilities was employed in 2014, compared to 64.6 percent of the population without disabilities. All too often, cultural organizations’ staff do not reflect the full diversity of our community. In this session, you’ll hear stories from cultural institutions as they meet this need through partnerships with schools, families and job support agencies to employ young and older adults with autism.


  • Barbara Johnson Stemler
  • Samantha Schott
  • Meredith Gregory
  • Philip Dallmann
  • Aliza Greenberg