VIPWorks is a partnership between ASD Adult Achievement Center and Bright Feats Directory. We offer a vocational “Skills Lab” training program to include work experience in a variety of computer programs and other technology-related disciplines. Our program encompasses print and digital production skills, problem solving skills, entrepreneurship skills, career readiness, developing communication skills for employment, successfully completing identified tasks in appropriate time, and interpersonal skills such as making eye contact and social thinking in the workplace.

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Hard Skills Lab

  • Photoshop, Premiere Pro, After Effects, WordPress
  • Input text, graphics and photos in publications
  • Use software to format and edit videos
  • Combine graphics & text to create social posts
  • Access & manipulate data in shared documents
  • Input information into prescribed templates

Soft Skills Lab

  • Social communication in the workplace
  • Collaboration and team building
  • Time management
  • Problem solving to resolve challenges
  • Managing anxiety in the workplace
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Handling feedback
  • One-on-one developmental coaching

Program requirements include:
• Over 18, graduated from high school and motivated to participate in program
• Must not need one-one-one intervention for comprehension, safety or behavior
• Interest in graphic design, videography or web design
• Attend work sessions 2 times a week, in 4-hour sessions
• Must have transportation or be willing to use Lynx, Uber, etc

TEAM

  • MaryAnn Russell
  • Olga Pierce
  • Videsh Ramsundar
  • Sophie Wolfberg
  • David Li
  • Kevin Tang
  • Sarah McCroskey

TIME

Level 1
Tue & Thu 9 am – 1 pm
Level 2
Mon & Wed 9 am – 1 pm
Level 3
Mon & Wed 1 pm – 5 pm
10 weeks
Spring, Summer & Fall sessions

Frequently Asked Questions

Social skills are important in the workplace from the initial interview to building relationships and collaborating with teams and even lunchtime conversations.

In order to be successful in the workplace, it is important for adults on the autism spectrum to learn crucial skills such as time management, conflict resolution, how to improve on eye contact, and even managing anxiety when at work.

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Social Skills

PEERS®

PEERS® is a 14-week evidence-based social skills training program for ASD adults who are interested in learning skills to make and keep friends and develop romantic relationships.

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VIPworks

VIPworks is a partnership between ASD Adult Achievement Center and Bright Feats Directory.

Expressive Arts

Expressive Arts is a 7-week art class designed to help better manage anxiety and stress while increasing one’s overall well being and sense of wonder.

Executive Function Skills

Task Masters

Task Masters is a step-by-step group coaching program designed to help ASD adults develop the necessary executive function skills needed to meet daily responsibilities.

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Youth Peer Mentoring

Peer Mentoring is an intensive, time-limited self-advocacy training service. This service uses “like-aged” peers to help youth learn how to self-advocate for the community, social and professional supports needed to…

Independent Living Skills

Launch Pad

Launch Pad is a step-by-step life coaching program designed to launch ASD adults into greater independence.

Launch Pad participants
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Youth Peer Mentoring

Peer Mentoring is an intensive, time-limited self-advocacy training service. This service uses “like-aged” peers to help youth learn how to self-advocate for the community, social and professional supports needed to…

Life Coaching

Life Coaching looks towards the future, and setting goals, as opposed to counseling or therapy that delves into past traumas or events.

Life Coaching
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Self-Advocacy

Self Advocacy is designed for ASD adults to develop the skills needed to better communicate their strengths, abilities when interviewing with potential employers or applying to trade schools, colleges. 

Job Readiness Skills

VIPworks

VIPworks is a partnership between ASD Adult Achievement Center and Bright Feats Directory.

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Career Success Shop

Career Success Shop has been designed to help you understand your skills, interests and values as you think about your future. It will help you to match your strengths to possible careers.

Job Placement Services

Job Placement – Here at ASD Adult Achievement Center, we have the honor and privilege of working with a population of high functioning young adults on the autism spectrum.

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