As a parent of a child with Autism I know from experience the challenges and rewards of working to insure your child has the best possible life. Watching my son, Paulie, struggle to fit in socially and at work has been heartbreaking. It was that frustration with the system – which seemed content to stigmatize Autism and dismiss it as a problem that can be solved by offering menial, unchallenging labor – which led to Teachability and the creation of the Inverse Internship Program™ (IIP).
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.
So, why Teachability? Because we know what we’re doing. We understand you. We understand your frustration. We understand your commitment to your child’s future. We believe in your child, and we know their future is bright. We are dedicated, because we are you.
Teachability’s goal is to get your child out of the house by leading them into a variety of internships. We do not focus on the assessment of a tailored experience, rather, we allow students to learn how to be uncomfortable and make mistakes just like their typically developing peers. They do this with a job coach of your choosing – who will be there to support them during this process. We understand that every student is unique, with a distinct skill set.
Some transition professionals are unqualified and only interested in doing the minimum to get a paycheck. We at Teachability appropriately challenge each student by giving them a way to explore the ups and downs that occur in an adult life, in a supported way, during their formative years.
Once we have gotten to know your student, we relay what we know with the host. To insure your student has the best possible experience, all of their likes and dislikes, touch points, pain points, and particularly idiosyncrasies are explained to the host so they know how best to work with the student, and that the student works to the best of their abilities. In short, we work to establish an environment that all parties find rewarding, and in which everyone thrives.