May Institute

Welcome to the Meaningful Jobs Initiative!

The Meaningful Jobs Initiative is a program designed to prepare adults with high-functioning autism spectrum disorder (ASD, formerly Asperger’s) to work in the security field. The program is run by May Institute, in collaboration with Work Inc. It is funded by a grant from the Kessler Foundation.

It is estimated that approximately 90 percent of adults with ASD are unemployed or underemployed. 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.

The Meaningful Jobs Initiative helps prepare individuals with ASD to navigate the interviewing process and background checks and to learn the job-based competencies associated with the security screening process.

In addition to helping individuals with ASD to 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

Here’s how it works.

1)  Complete this form, click here.

2)  Email or snail mail it to Jon Francis at Work Inc. (see form for instructions).

3)  He will contact you for a brief phone screening interview.

4)  If you meet the minimum requirements, you will be invited for an in-person interview and to learn more about the program.

5)  Once you are accepted into the program, training begins!