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Employment Services

Reaching Your Full Potential

Whether you want to find your first job, advance in your current career, or pursue a new one, we are here to support you! We look forward to being your partner as you seek lasting and fulfilling employment.​ We understand that your goals, skill sets, and abilities are unique and that a one-size-fits-all approach is not best. We always customize our services to meet your unique skills and support needs.

​Our Employment Specialists are here to help you navigate your career and assist you with:

  • Skills Assessment

  • Career Exploration and Job Shadowing

  • Soft Job Skills and Vocational Skills

  • Resumé Building 

  • Mock Interviews

  • On-the-Job Support

  • Self-Advocacy Skills

  • Employer Education and Ongoing Stabilization


Our Employment Specialists receive extensive, customized training to work with individuals of different abilities and to understand the autism spectrum. Contact us to set an appointment!

Benefit Analysis

New or changing employment can impact the State/Federal benefits you receive. That's why we provide you with benefit analysis from a dedicated Benefit Specialist on staff.

Our Benefit Specialist will analyze your benefits and build a Benefit Information Network (BIN) plan specific to your situation to help you understand the benefits you currently receive and how new or changing employment could impact those benefits. 

Your Employment Specialist will use your BIN plan when outlining the long term supports you may need and help with the modification of work incentives that may arise during the course of your employment.

What's the Partners Difference?

You Are Never a Number

We do not contract with outside companies who expect us to fill a quota. We work for you and we follow your interests. We will never try to slot you into a role that doesn't appeal to you. Instead, we are here to help you investigate your interests, navigate the job market, and develop the interpersonal, workplace, and self-advocacy skills will support your success in a career that is meaningful to you.

Insightful Details

Often, clients aren't sure what type of job will be right for them, so our employment specialists ask about your interests and hobbies. An individual's hobbies can reveal a lot about their skill sets. For example, having a hobby of playing Minecraft can indicate aptitude for spacial awareness, making and executing plans, and maintaining focus on multiple inputs.

As our employment specialists get to know you, they dig into the details and contexts of your interests. For example, an individual who enjoys baking might specifically be interested in baking only for friends and family, or might like to work in a bakery, or may wan to pursue starting their own small business.

Our employment specialists then help you decide how you want to apply a broad interest. For example, an individual who is skilled in creative writing might be more interested in writing promotional material as a copywriter or in writing character dialog as a user-experience writer.

With You For the Long Term

Even after you accept a job offer, our work isn't over - we stick with you as both your peer and advocate to ensure your whole experience is successful.


Our employment specialists attend orientation with you to facilitate questions, provide support in focusing, and help complete paperwork. They go through training with you as a peer so that they can be familiar with your job requirements and can note where and how modifications may need to be made.

Our employment specialists then help your employer complete accommodation forms. They help determine what accommodations are needed and make recommendations of how these can be implemented. These can be as simple as having extra break time or being allowed to listen to one earbud while working. Having these accommodations in place and documented in an official form is critical to securing successful employment.


In addition to private-pay, Partners in Autism is an approved Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) provider. For more information on Indiana's VR program visit their Division of Disability and Rehabilitation Services (DDRS) site.


To find out if you qualify for the VR program, contact:

​Vocational Rehabilitation Services
201 E Rudisill Blvd, Suite 300
Fort Wayne, IN 46806-1756

phone (260) 424-1595
toll free  (877) 715-5292 (V/VRS/711)
toll free fax  (855) 450-3571
Allen, DeKalb, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben & Whitley Counties 

CARF Accredited


CARF International is an independent, nonprofit accreditor of health and human services providers in the areas of Aging Services, Behavioral Health, Child and Youth Services, Durable Medical Equipment, Employment and Community Services, Medical Rehabilitation, Opioid Treatment Programs, and Vision Rehabilitation Services.

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Partners in Autism has earned the highest level of accreditation by CARF International for:​​

  • Community Employment Services: Employment Supports

  • Community Employment Services: Job Development

What Does It Mean?

CARF accreditation is a public seal of trust and commitment to quality based on internationally accepted standards. Achieving this accreditation demonstrates Partners in Autism's commitment to exceptional, personalized care. An organization receiving the highest level of CARF accreditation has undergone a detailed peer review process and has demonstrated to a team of surveyors, during an on-site visit, its commitment to providing programs and services of the highest quality. ​

Programs and services that are CARF accredited have demonstrated their conformance to internationally recognized standards for service delivery. They have demonstrated their commitment to continuous quality improvement and a consumer-driven focus.

Persons served play an active and vital role in the CARF accreditation process, from helping to develop the international performance standards to giving input on the quality of services they receive. Through accreditation, providers demonstrate their belief that all people have the right to be treated with dignity and respect, have access to needed services that achieve optimum outcomes, and are empowered to exercise informed choice. Partners in Autism is pleased to join CARF in this mission.

For more information about CARF International, the standards, or the accreditation process, visit

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