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85%. That is the proportion of unemployed college educated autistic individuals. These are people who have a college degree, but struggle to find jobs due to the stigma associated with their abilities. On the other side, there are ~100 college autism support programs in the United States where participants achieve between 75-92% employment rates. Wouldn’t it be great to scale these programs across the U.S.? Wouldn’t it be great to help these individuals achieve financial independence? This is what PRAUD aims to do. 

PRAUD is for autistic college juniors and seniors who are struggling to find a job because of the unconcious bias that exists in our hiring ecosystem. Managers often have limited recruiting resources, and are forced to make quick hiring decisions that miss the benefits of a diverse workforce. We aim to decrease the 85% unemployment gap amongst autistic college educated individuals by providing them with access to job coaching. Our believe is that autistic college students with appropriate counseling and accountability, are more likely to secure job opportunities and become financially independent.

PRAUD takes the employment components of college Autism support programs and scales them across the U.S.

Silvia Velasquez Casado

Founder | MBA/MPA

MIT Sloan/Harvard Kennedy School

Jeremy Smith

Chief Technology Officer 

Meet Our Staff

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Cait Rosica

Job Coach

Director of Neurodiversity Employment Network: Philadelphia

Bridget McElroy

Job Coach

Employment and Training Specialist at Neurodiversity in the Workplace

Valerie Strange

Job Coach

Clinical Associate Professor at Quinnipiac University

Madeleine Clements

Job Coach

Occupational Therapist at Bancroft

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