Academy Program

Specialized training and placement in the manufacturing industry

The Uniquely Abled Academy is a first-of-its-kind collaboration between machine technology educators, specialists in education for those with autism, representatives from state and local social service agencies, and non-profit and for-profit organizations.  This exceptional combination is dedicated to properly train, place in the workforce and provide on-going support for employers and qualified students seeking skill-specific well-paying jobs within the manufacturing industry.

A great case in point – CNC machine operators

It’s been observed that jobs requiring individuals with a high degree of focused attention to detailed repetitive processes, and following clear objective instructions are well suited for a person with high functioning autism. Indeed, these characteristics are a perfect match for the duties of a CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machine operator, of which there is a huge shortage in the manufacturing industry today. The Uniquely Abled Academy is designed to fill this gap with a new source of talent.

In 13-16 weeks a UA Academy teaches young adults with high functioning autism to be entry-level CNC machinists and provides job placement and post-hire support.  Future UA Academies will address different combinations of diagnoses and required job skills.