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Since 2011, The Nicholas Center has spearheaded inclusive initiatives, enabling people who think differently to get to work. For a population facing an 85%+ unemployment and underengagement rate, the vocational supports we've put in place have had real impact - offering opportuntity, support and hope!
Learning and work experiences to obtain vocational skills at a job that matches individual interests, strengths and abiilties whiles fostering confidence and independence. The optimal outcome of pre-vocational services is competitive, integrated employment in the community where an individual is compensated at or above minimum wage. The Nicholas Center offers skills training to develop and teach general skills such as the ability to communicate with Supervisors, co-workers, and customers; general workplace conduct; hygiene and dress; the ability to follow directions, complete tasks, problem-solving skills, workplace safety and appropriate behaviors in and outside the workplace.
Cruisin' Cantina: Our interoffice snack concierge. This program teaches vocational skills, including inventory, customer service, purchasing, delivery and finances.
Nicholas Center News: A bi-weekly news broadcast written, produced and hosted by Nicholas Center participants. Broadcasted on Facebook and YouTube.
Creative Arts: Opportunity for creative self-expression and exploration through the lens of visual arts, music, theater and dance.
Agents of Humanity Podcast - a bi-monthly podcast, hosted by 4 Autistic individuals, who ask guests, "What do you do to make the world a better place?"
Health & Wellness: Allows participants to engage in physical fitness and emotional well-being pursuits. Includes yoga, aerobics, outdoor activities and classroom-based exercises.
NC Theater The Nicholas Center participates in programs including productions, musical cabarets, original showcases, and skills-based classes in drama and music.
TNC Navigator News - a monthly publication created by Autistic individuals who research, write, design and compile fun and interesting stories and information to create a community newspaper. Each copy is complimentary and full of “fun, feel good news…for a good cause” https://tncnewyork.org/navigator-news
The Nicholas Center supports individuals to learn critical life skills, improve social and communication abilities, gain vocational training and jobs and engage in meaningful community projects. With a focus on creating inclusive employment opportunities, The Nicholas Center offers a Supported Employment Program, supporting individuals on the job and has been instrumental in the creation and success of micro-businesses.