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Saturday, 16 October 2021 1.47 AM IST

CADRRE launches free employability training program for young adults on Autism Spectrum


Centre for Autism and other Disabilities Rehabilitation Research and Education (CADRRE) has been, for the last four years, conducting a full day intervention program in a school setting for children with Autism in the age group 2 to 16 years by an interdisciplinary team of expert Occupational Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Psychologists, Special Educators and Academic, Art and Music teachers.

CADRRE is now launching a free Employability Training program in July/Aug 2021 that equips young adults on the Autism Spectrum, aged 18-24 years and have finished plus two level of school education, with the skills required to be employable.

This program includes 4 to 6 months of Life skills, Communication skills and Social skills trainings by an interdisciplinary team of psychologist, occupational therapist and speech language pathologist, followed by 3-6 months of job-specific trainings, and 3-4 months of onsite apprenticeship. The program will be at the CADRRE centre at Sasthamangalam, Thiruvananthapuram.

This program, supported by funds raised by CADRRE from donations and CSR support from well-wishers, will be free-of-cost to deserving families.

Young adults with Autism who are interested in registering for this program should send their biodata along with the Disability Certificate (if available), and a short note on "my dream job" to

Please contact CADRRE at 9207450001 for any clarifications

The last date to email the application is June 15, 2021.

Autism is a neuro-developmental disorder of variable severity, characterized by difficulty in social interaction and communication and by restricted or repetitive patterns of thought and behaviour, signs of which begin during early childhood and usually last throughout a person’s life. The Government of India recognized Autism as a disorder in 2001. It is estimated that there are over 1 crore individuals on the Autism spectrum in India. Studies show that most of the individuals on the spectrum are unable to find meaningful employment and the young adult autism population faces significant, additional challenges to employment beyond those faced by many other disability populations. With disproportionately high unemployment rate, getting trained in life skills, communication skills and soft skills is key to obtaining and maintaining employment for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

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