Even when the unemployment rate is as low as it is, getting a job can be tough for those with autism or learning disabilities. Baton Rouge Community College is trying to make it easier.
The Program for Successful Employment, which began in 2017, doesn’t focus on certain professions. It teaches skills — workplace safety, communication, dealing with the public, reliability — necessary for getting and keeping a job.
“It’s very important to me,” said Derrick Wesley, PSE director. “It’s near and dear to my heart.”
Spread over four semesters, PSE targets students ages 18 to 28 who have finished high school or a learning resource program and have been diagnosed with autism or a learning disability. It came about after Judy Foil, a BRCC supporter, heard about