Spectrum Innovates entered into a collaborative arrangement with Vaughn College to create a pathway program as a bridge year to employment or college for autistic individuals. Spectrum Innovates Pathway Program (SIPP) is a prototypal transition pathway program for those on spectrum who share a common passion for aeronautics and related fields. The program is located at Vaughn’s state of the art facility adjacent to LaGuardia Airport in New York City. This comprehensive 12-month pathway program, which culminates with a 6-week residency experience, gives autistics an unprecedented opportunity to pursue higher education, enter the job market and lead fulfilling lives.
Goal oriented thinking, problem solving, self-advocacy, self-regulation, context awareness, perspective taking, collaboration and communication emerge and are utilized as a natural consequence of engaging in work in the Innovation Hub environment.
Individuals of multifaceted talents, ability and creativity, autistics have enormous potential to fill the shortage of skilled job candidates in the talent pipeline. Spectrum Innovates Pathway Program participants experience how they can tap their passions to meet the practical needs of current and emerging job markets, opening a path to sustained fulfilling employment and adult independence. Partnering with supporters who envision a future where autistics are deemed an essential part of our world is critical to attain our goal. With generous support from public and private sources, Spectrum Innovates Pathway Program will help autistics achieve their fullest potential.