A school is partnering with employers hiring young adults with autism, and the result is a win-win for the employers and the students.

Hiring Young Adults With AutismAt Hersheypark, James Bisset has recently begun a warehouse job, rotating stock, shrinkwrapping candy, and talk g inventory. He is 21, and autistic.

“This is what I always wanted for him,” said his mother, Elizabeth Cogley. “Now I can sleep at night knowing he’s working and making a contribution to society.”

Cogley says that the Vista School in Derry Township made the difference for James. The school was created in 2002 to prepare students on the autism spectrum for entry into public school.  They serve 90 children with autism spectrum disorder from the ages of 3 to 21. The innovative one on one support coupled with life skills for older students has made a difference. 

“James is doing fantastic at Hersheypark,” Cogley said.  She also says that since he started working, he’s more confident and verbal and takes pride in his work. 

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