Engage, Educate & Employ
Engage – Bringing individuals and families into the program, we offer an expedient and thoughtful introduction to a welcoming community centered on skill development, placement and coaching.
Evaluate – Exploring each person’s interests, talents, social skills, communications and other key areas for successful placement utilizes one-on-one interviews and carefully designed assessment tools.
Educate – Observable and measurable skills are outlined following assessment. A comprehensive individual support plan maximizes strengths with Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) methods used to teach and monitor skills.
Employ – Matching strengths with the needs of the workplace, coupled with ongoing support based on ABA principles, results in meaningful work for the individual.
Entrepreneurship – Partnering with regional resources, we explore ideas and guide participants through the stages of market analysis, sourcing, financial planning and marketing.
Expand – Creating new, innovative work options for neurodiverse adults addresses the 85% unemployment rate and introduces a hidden workforce to Northwest Arkansas businesses.
Our Workforce Development Initiative
There are three essential components in any successful program for enhancing opportunities for neurodiverse individuals:
These three elements are all so important for our community of neurodiverse adults (autism, Down Syndrome and more). With an 85% unemployment rate, each skilled, eager-to-work individual doesn’t often get the opportunity to contribute talents. Employers are often hesitant to open jobs to a population that may require accommodations and flexibility. Engage, Educate & Employ addresses that.
Grace & Flavor, the first SLS social enterprise, is the training ground in the areas of hospitality, management, marketing, accounting and more. It will bring the community together and be a catalyst for shifting perceptions and identifying opportunities. The majority of Grace & Flavor employees will be neurodiverse.
Incredible Things Can Happen With Your Support
The need for innovative, person-centered services and support continues to exceed the available resources, leaving a generation of people with emotional and intellectual disabilities and their families in a programmatic, financial and personal crisis.