RT Autism Awareness strives to be voice for individuals and families who are impacted by autism. Specifically, we want to make our community more inclusive of people with Autism, and we want individuals with ASD to have every opportunity not only to be included, but to contribute. In 2018, Governor Dayton appointed RTAAF's Executive Director to the State Rehabilitation Council, which advises the State's Vocational Rehabilitation Programs. Vocational Rehabilitation ("voc rehab") is a program that works to connect people with disabilities to competitive, fully paid employment opportunities. RTAAF strives to be a voice advocating for inclusion of people with autism in the work place. People with autism not only are capable of applying many vocational skills, but they often possess skills and attention to many tasks that typically developing persons may not do as well. A wide variety of minds and thinking patterns are needed to fill today's jobs, and people with autism are a critical piece of this equation. With the right support, and an educated public and private sector, people with autism can thrive in work settings.
Partnering with Rochester School District
Watch the story of how RTAAF has provided thousands of dollars over the years in our partnership with the Rochester School District to advocate for students with autism.