Career Coaching Now Available for State Employees on the Autism Spectrum

Raleigh, North Carolina

June 29, 2022

Government employees with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) have a new ally to prepare for a career move or a change in their current job. The NC Career Advancement Resources for Employees on the Spectrum (NCCARES) pilot program is accepting applications from employees with ASD who need help achieving their workplace goals.

Governor Roy Cooper announced the NCCARES initiative in April, when he also proclaimed World Autism Month in North Carolina. Thanking state employees with ASD for providing valuable skills and perspective to state government workplaces, Governor Cooper said the innovative program will help agencies “support and retain these employees.” and to better serve our State”.

NCCARES reflects an expansion of support services available to state employees through Governor Cooper Executive Order 92: Employment First for People with Disabilities in North Carolinawhich recently celebrated its third birthday in March.

Interested employees can request assistance by completing a online application form for NCCARES, which is featured on the NC Office of State Human Resources website. Kristin Siemek, State Talent Acquisition Manager, will direct eligible employees to coaching which will be provided by UNC TEACCH Autism Center and the Autism Society of North Carolina.

NCCARES career counselors will work in one-on-one sessions supporting efforts to hone management and interpersonal skills to be more effective with supervisors and colleagues, establish new achievable career goals, discover solutions to current barriers employment, developing an employment action plan, providing support to make any necessary changes, creating a more equitable culture, championing the resources needed to succeed, empowering the individual to work with management current and future teams and facilitate change and understanding.

NCCARES was developed in partnership with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, which will fund the one-year pilot program. The initiative was born from Connecting North Carolina with Innovative Talent (LiNC-IT), a collaborative program of the CN Business Committee for Education (NCBCE). LiNC-IT provides internships for early-career individuals with ASD and helps employers develop neurodiversity programs.

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Note to Editors: State Talent Acquisition Manager Kristin Siemek is available for an in-person or virtual interview regarding NCCARES and how it will help state agencies better recruit, retain and motivate employees in the state to provide necessary services to the people of North Carolina. For more information, contact OSHR Digital Communications Specialist Devon McGarvey at [email protected] or 919-219-8249.

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