Triangle Inclusive Careers
The Triangle Inclusive Careers Program is offered by The Power of the Dream, a Raleigh-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit, with the mission to create jobs and advocate for adults with autism and/or intellectual disabilities (IDD) in the North Carolina Triangle.
Click here to download the full Program Details for Triangle Inclusive Careers.
Triangle Inclusive Careers (TIC) provides an online service where qualified and supported job seekers with autism/IDD can connect with local employers. TIC incorporates the needs of both job seekers and employers in order to facilitate successful long-term employment. This program includes a network of partnering organizations who can provide support and resources to TIC participants.
Why is Triangle Inclusive Careers needed?
- 3% of North Carolina residents reported a cognitive disability*
- Cognitive disabilities are the most prevalent disability among youths ages 16 to 20
- 3 out of 4 North Carolinians with a cognitive disability are unemployed
- Annual earnings of those with a cognitive disability are <½ of those with another type disability
- 6% of people with cognitive disabilities aged 21-64 live in poverty vs. 17.2% of all North Carolinians
The Power of the Dream determined that there is a lack of effective communication among employers, job seekers, and support agencies. Job seekers with autism/IDD often find the traditional application process inaccessible, while many employers struggle to identify qualified applicants, given that job seekers with autism/IDD sometimes have little job experience. Support agencies often cannot establish effective long-term relationships with job seekers or employers. And, without proper support, both new employees and employers may find they cannot sustain the employment for a full first year.
The Triangle Inclusive Careers portal and the support of The Power of the Dream aims to solve these issues and provide qualified and supported candidates to employers and better opportunities for job seekers.
- The Employer Section of the portal will allow local employers to look for qualified job seekers, browse the resource section, and post open positions, training and discovery opportunities.
- The Employee Section will give job seekers the opportunity to post their resumes, and special accommodations they may require in the workplace.
- The Resource Section will provide links to relevant information for employers, employees, and the general public.Use of the portal is free of charge. Employers will appreciate that all job seekers in the portal have been vetted, passed a soft-skills assessment test, participated in a 96-hour job readiness class, and have their needs for accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act assessed.
*According to the 2012 Disability Status Report for North Carolina