We are tackling the lack of youth employability, especially for young people with invisible disabilities like Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, as well as for traditional youth job seekers. There are 75 million unemployed young people worldwide and 156 million young workers living in poverty. 60% of youth with invisible disabilities such as autism are unemployed.
In June 2014, only 19.3 percent of people with disabilities in the U.S. were participating in the labor force – working or seeking work. Of those, 12.9 percent were unemployed; meaning only 16.8 percent of the population with disabilities was employed. (By contrast, 69.3 percent of people without disabilities were in the labor force, and 65 percent of the population without disabilities was employed.) (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014)
Teachability is a social enterprise that solves the youth unemployment problem for people with invisible disabilities like autism. Our mission lies in leading the untapped workforce into work. We offer modern, state of the art, training, coaching and placement programs for young people with invisible disabilities needing advanced modifications and for traditional job seekers.
Our innovative Inverse Internship Program™ (IIP) offers young people real-world workforce training, then pairs them with unique internships in the for-profit, non-profit, social and governmental sectors through partnerships with employers. Our goal is to serve as a young person’s first job experience and exposure to the 21st century workforce. In addition to our training programs, workplace transition services and employability mentoring, IIP offers participants a valuable educational and employment experience using the community’s resources to expose youth to potential educational or career paths.
Through Teachability’s Employer Readiness Training, we prepare businesses big and small to tap into the potential of these dynamic youth to increase operational synergy and increase their bottom line. Through our approach, employers are realizing that people with invisible disabilities are a competitive advantage in the workplace.
These young people deserve equal opportunities and meaningful employment in the labor market. Don’t you agree?
Inverse Internship Program™ is a social innovation designed and launched by Teachability.org. Its mission is to connect traditional youth, as well as youth with invisible disabilities like autism, ADHD and dyslexia to real world work experiences thus increasing future employability. We pair young people with unique apprentice experiences in the for-profit, non-profit, social and governmental sectors through partnerships with employers.
Teachability’s Inverse Internship Program™ (IIP) is a customizable micro-internship program hosted by local for-profit companies. This innovative program is offered to meet the professional and social needs of students with disabilities – students ages 14-26 years old who are interested in building a portfolio of job skills and experiences to ultimately transition from school to work.
Cindy Montgomery is the founder and CEO of Teachability and a prominent thought-leader in invisible disabilities and youth employability. She is available to speak at conferences, corporate trainings, Fortune 500 corporations, mid-level and startup businesses, and currently speaks throughout North America on social entrepreneurship, job readiness for persons with invisible disabilities and traditional job seekers.
Cindy is passionate about leading the untapped workforce into work, and educating corporate America on what businesses can do to ready the workplace and tap into the potential of these dynamic young people to increase operational synergy and the bottom line.
When asked about the difficulties of working with businesses that are reticent about working with interns who live with invisible disabilities such as Autism, Cindy Montgomery had this to say:
“I recently trained a restaurant manager who told me “I thought all people with autism were like Rain Man.” It was a teachable moment. He was a little embarrassed but I quickly told him that I was happy he felt safe enough to be so honest. Again, it’s better to try being a mentor and say the occasional inappropriate thing than not to try at all. For me as a parent, if someone is sincerely trying to understand my son, I don’t care how many times he or she says something embarrassing.”
Thank you for your time, expertise, mentorship, and encouragement. You have been instrumental to the development of the quality programs and services that are already making a difference.