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              Entrepreneurs Launch Professional Career Services

                                                 For Adults With Autism

        Approximately 80 percent of adults who have autism   executive leadership at Royal Caribbean and BrandsMart   and abilities to prospective employers. Additional career
      spectrum disorder (ASD) are unemployed, which was the   USA; and the founder of Kathryn Kerrigan Footwear, one   development services provided by Work Force Match include
      exact statistic that propelled two entrepreneurs, Kathryn   of the first .com fashion footwear companies. Given her   detailed assessment, career coaching, access to webinars,
      Kerrigan and Michael Atkins, to create Work Force Match,   technology background, Kathryn recognized many of her   candidate profile, career planning and general employee
      Inc. Work Force Match, Inc. is an innovation solution   team members fell somewhere within the spectrum.  development, training, and mentorship.
      combined with professionals that provides job and career     After meeting Michael Atkins, executive chairman of     As stated by Atkins, “We want to encourage candidates
      support for those with autism while in parallel, increasing   Work Force Match, Inc., the idea came to fruition. His   with ASD to enter the workforce in a supportive way that
      the rights for those with autism (or who may be on the   background includes chairman and CEO of Amaxven, a   develops their confidence. We all have brilliant talents – let’s
      spectrum). By consulting corporations, Work Force Match   Hobe Sound-based management consulting and investment   use them.”
      assists employers to meet the organization’s diversity, equity   firm. Their like-minded business attitudes developed Work     Work Force Match is recruiting candidates and employers
      and inclusion programs while also providing an opportunity   Force Match. Atkins recalled a family member working   in the South Florida region. To learn more about the company
      for those with ASD to be part of the community.    in the school system and recalls the brilliance and tragedy   or to sign up as a candidate or employer, please visit
        The idea has been a goal of Kathryn Kerrigan’s for many   of unsupported autistic students. Atkins advises boards
      years and is based on her own personal experience in the   of directors, executives, and investors in transition. He   Employment Statistic For Autistic Adults
      field and countless friends’ as well. Kerrigan, once diagnosed   developed and managed executive transition services, staffing     The National Autism Society statistics show that about 16
      with Asperger’s (outdated terminology), always knew she   and recruiting systems for global organizations, SWIFT   percent of autistic adults, including people with Asperger’s
      was a bit different in social and work settings. “Most people   banking network and Lockheed Martin aerospace.  syndrome, are in full-time paid employment and only 32
      are shocked when I mention it,” says Kerrigan. As CEO of     Work Force Match provides solutions that support autistic   percent are in paid work, but 77 percent of unemployed
      Work Force Match, Inc., her background includes CEO of   job seekers navigating the employment search and application   autistic adults want to work. Our mission is to improve this
      AI software development company; UnKommon Revolution;   process, while effectively communicating their skills   situation.

                              Hannah’s Home Collects 5,000 Diapers

                                                       For Single Mothers

        Community members donated approximately 5,000                                                      donated at an opportune time for the home’s residents; a
      diapers to Hannah’s Home of South Florida in response                                                baby boy was born just three weeks ago, and a baby girl
      to a Facebook post alerting people to the need. Supporters                                           is due later this month.
      from Tequesta, Jupiter and Palm Beach Gardens brought                                                  The residential program at Hannah’s Home provides
      Hannah’s Home diapers of all sizes, with some also                                                   young women facing crisis pregnancies with housing,
      contributing toiletries for newborns and babies on the way.                                          food, clothing, child care, medical care, counseling, life
        “It brings me joy to see basic necessities shared with                                             skills development and educational opportunities.
      our residents,” said Carol Beresford, founder of Hannah’s                                              Since its doors opened in 2011, Hannah’s Home has
      Home. “The recent surge in donations shows that we’re                                                welcomed 72 infants. With a maximum capacity of eight
      all in this together.”                                                                               women and their children, the facility is currently serving
        The Facebook post that included the request for diaper                                             five resident mothers, two of whom have babies on the way.
      donations was “shared” by 25 supporters, resulting in                                                About Hannah’s Home Of South Florida
      more  than  2,500  impressions.  Community  members                                                    Providing a safe and loving Christian environment
                                                                                                           for single, pregnant young women, Hannah’s Home
                                                        Resident Program Manager Victoria Bogan, Chief Operating   is a maternity facility with a mission of offering hope
                                                        Officer Joanne Dively and Public Relations and Development   and  transforming  lives  through  counseling,  life  skills
                                                        Manager Mary Arden Carroll celebrate the abundance of   development, and educational opportunities. More
                                                        diaper donations at Hannah’s Home of South Florida.  information is available:

      Diaper donations

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