The WayForward for young adults with autism, intellectual challenges

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Susan Nelms, the executive director of WayFoward
Susan Nelms, the executive director of WayFoward

Susan Nelms, the executive director of WayFoward.

WayForward is a new nonprofit headed by Susan Nelms that seeks to be the bridge between school and the real world for young adults with autism or other intellectual or developmental disabilities.

It seeks to help adults beyond age 22 with vocational skills training and coaching as well as encourage employers to hire people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Upon exiting the school system, young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities have few options to guide them on a path to an occupation” said Susan Nelms, executive director of WayForward in a press release.  “We are launching a program for individuals with disabilities in pursuit of career training and individualized services to assist them so they can gain employment and achieve more independence.

WayForward’s first fundraising event is 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Austonian. Tickets are $150.

For more information on the event, go to www.wayfwd.org.

Coincidently, I’m currently working on a story about a Seton program called SEARCH, which helps young adults learn job skills with an internship in its hospitals. Look for that story on May 2 in austin360.com/raisingaustin.


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