– Open to the Public:

Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016, 1:15 pm – 3:00pm

The Frontier in RTP
Fusion Conference Room
1st Floor – off the large open work space
800 Park Offices Drive
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709

RSVP: Anna Cunningham


The NC Triangle is home to many innovative and forward-thinking companies and their experience and insights can help jumpstart a unique effort to create more training and employment opportunities for people with Autism and/or IDD.

Some employers understand the obstacles to employment for this population and what is needed to overcome them. Others are unsure about available resources and how to go about finding qualified employees with disabilities. The Power of the Dream has that knowledge and can recommend resources to provide the support network for successful implementation.

We want to help employers to better understand how hiring employees with disabilities can benefit their company.


The “PowerUP Inclusive Employment Task Force” – a community collaboration of employers, support agencies, self-advocates, and other stakeholders – is currently working on a bridge or portal project, called PossAbilities”, with the goal to make it easier for local employers to access the resumes of qualified job candidates with Autism and/or intellectual developmental disabilities (IDD).

To ensure potential candidates are job-ready, we plan to assess the individual candidate’s skills and possible support needs before posting the resume.

Through this project, we will also be able to offer employers advise on streamlining/amending their hiring process. The traditional interview process is a big hurdle to employment, especially for adults with Autism, but many successful alternatives to evaluate a candidate are available.

The “PossAbilities” portal will provide employers with access to:

  • A pre-screened candidate pool
  • Information about a modified interview process
  • Available local support services
  • A recruiter trained in the placement of people with disabilities.

We will also provide the opportunity for local employers to post their open positions, internships, and training / discovery opportunities.

The task force hopes to complete this project in 2017.

Join our open meetings if you would like to learn more or contact us at: info@thepowerofthedream.org