Employment Training &
for individuals with Autism & other developmental disabilities.
Together, The Nicholas Center and Spectrum Designs Foundation have revolutionized the way that Autistic adults learn, live and work.
The Nicholas Center welcomes over 120 participants each year to learn critical life skills, improve their social and communication abilities, gain meaningful vocational training, and engage in community projects, including feeding the homeless and beautifying their neighborhoods.
About 50% of these participants, with the help of their Nicholas Center support professionals, also enjoy part-time employment opportunities with Spectrum Designs Foundation’s enterprises - Spectrum Designs (custom apparel and promotional products), Spectrum Bakes (homemade granola and snacks), and Spectrum Suds (laundry and dry cleaning).
Our missions are aligned to create meaningful and inclusive opportunities for people on the Autism Spectrum in the community and at work. Since its inception in 2011, Spectrum’s combined enterprises – with the help of The Nicholas Center – have provided 100,000+ hours of paid work for these individuals with total wages adding up to over $1.5 million.
The number of people born who are on the Autism Spectrum
The amount of people on the Spectrum who are disconnected
from community life and the world of work
The amount of people who will become working age adults on the Spectrum in the next decade
The estimated lifetime societal cost of each unemployed
individual with Autism
The Nicholas Center provides daily support to over 100 individuals with autism each day. We provide a pathway for them to have happy and fulfilling futures. Your support will make a life-changing difference... each and everyday!