VIPworks

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

VIPworks Team

MaryAnn Russell (Program Director for all 3 Levels) | Videsh Ramsundar (Instructor:  Level 1 & 2) |
Jaymee Reszel (Project Manager:  Level 3)

Frequently Asked Questions

Why are social skills important?

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

What skills does an adult with autism need to work?

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.

See more programs offered at ASD Adult Achievement Center

Social Skills

Our Social Skills workshops focus on timing, attention, provide support for enhancing communication, social behaviors and sensory integration.
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VIPWorks is 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… Learn more


Career Development

Our Career Development workshops assess the skills or resources a person has and can develop, and how to make a successful move into the working world to help gain independent living.
soft skills learning participants
ASD Participants in a workshop working on assignments

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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. Learn more

VIPWorks is 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… Learn more


Executive Function

Our Executive Function workshops help teach young adults with autism how to plan, focus attention, remember instructions, and successfully juggle multiple tasks.
Instructor guiding class through workshop

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Independent Life

Our Independent Living workshops encourage greater independence and personal growth by teaching community safety, handling finances, self-care, vocational skills, and more.
Job Placement participants
peer mentoring participants

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

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

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.  Learn more

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Paul Moran
Paul Moran
September 27, 2021.
I'm currently a part of the VIPWorks program, started going a few weeks ago. Everyone I met there has been amazing, very friendly and helpful too.
Scarlett Flames
Scarlett Flames
August 30, 2021.
I’ve been taking the task masters program for seven weeks and it has helped me a lot with my daily life. I’m really happy to be here.
Elias Piccard
Elias Piccard
August 30, 2021.
I am currently in the Taskmasters program and I am learning a lot about myself and being able to share my goals and have great instructors teaching me the fundamentals and getting to where I want to be in the future.
Priya Chobe
Priya Chobe
July 12, 2021.
I can confidently say that this organization is one of the best places you can sign up with if you are an adult on the spectrum who needs help with developing any kind of area in your life, including: social skills, independent living skills, self-advocacy, job readiness skills and vocational skills, and much more! I have personally seen dozens grow from joining and participating in these programs. In addition, every single staff member—as well as the founder herself—put every fiber of their being towards helping clients and creating a safe, positive environment for everyone.
Ryan Stauffer
Ryan Stauffer
June 23, 2021.
ASD Adult Achievement Center is truly a remarkable place to work at. There, I've met a lot of people that go through similar challenges that I also face. Here, I've learned all sorts of new techniques that will help more when I'm in a workplace to improve from the struggles that I have been going through and I have made many designs of creativity in the working environment.
Sterling Swope
Sterling Swope
February 16, 2021.
Bella Lavoie (MarieWalker14)
Bella Lavoie (MarieWalker14)
January 20, 2021.
Amazing. Very kind people who want to help. Wonderful atmosphere.
Jeffrey Korentur
Jeffrey Korentur
November 24, 2020.
There are not enough superlatives to describe the amazing work that Paula, MaryAnn, and the entire staff do every day. Our son found a community, friends, life skills, and new found optimism for his future. This organization is more than worthy of your attention, inquiry, and support. Thank you to the entire team for the positive, life changing mission that you embody and share everyday!
Lori Dahan
Lori Dahan
November 24, 2020.
I cannot rave enough about this organization! Kudos to Paula and all the staff for creating an incredible environment filled with warmth, kindness, and programs perfectly suited for the needs of young adults on the spectrum.
Dixie Johnson
Dixie Johnson
January 27, 2020.

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