Meaningful Jobs Initiative

This program is designed to prepare adults with high-functioning autism spectrum disorder (ASD, formerly Asperger’s) for employment.

The program is run by May Institute, in collaboration with Work Inc. It is funded by a grant from the Kessler Foundation. The Meaningful Jobs Initiative helps prepare autistic individuals to navigate the interviewing process and background checks, and to learn the job-based competencies associated with the security screening process.

As many as 90% of autistic adults are unemployed or under-employed. However, research shows that some of these individuals are often better able to focus on and stay engaged in visual scanning and detail-oriented tasks than their neurotypical peers. These abilities make them well-suited for jobs in the security industry.

In addition to helping autistic individuals get jobs in the security field, we are also developing a toolkit for national dissemination, so that the program can be replicated in other areas of the U.S. This could potentially impact hundreds of men and women with ASD.

Participants receive help with:

  • Resumes
  • Cover letters
  • Job searches
  • Job applications
  • Preparing for behavioral interviewing
  • Preparing for possible competency-based testing
  • Anxiety and stress management

Interested participants must:

  • Have a documented ASD diagnosis
  • Possess a high school diploma
  • Be able to self-transport
  • Live close enough to be able to reasonably travel to Boston
  • Have an interest in the Security Screening field
  • Want to pursue part-time or full-time employment
  • Be able to pass a Security Background screening
  • Must not be colorblind



Jon Francis   |   617.691.1709   |