About Lionheart WORKS
Lionheart WORKS is a vocational training program for young adults ages 18 and up with autism and other neurodevelopmental differences who desire an individualized, person-centered program that prepares and supports them in the workforce.
The goal of Lionheart WORKS is to secure meaningful and sustainable employment by matching participants with their ideal work site while maximizing independence and natural supports on the job. Participants entering the WORKS program begin with a discovery process to identify affinities, abilities, and work readiness. Individualized vocational instruction, social thinking, and self-advocacy skill building, as related to the work environment, occur in the training center and at work sites. Our program assigns trained job coaches who are specifically paired to individual participants based on their interests and needs.
Our worksites are businesses, organizations, schools, and churches in the north metro Atlanta area that want to train and employ our participants. Each worksite makes a commitment to the growth and vocational success of our participants and they employ with the goal of sustainable employment. Participants' families, Lionheart WORKS staff, vocational counselors, and worksite supervisors form a team to encourage participants to attain their highest level of independence and happiness.
Our staff comes from a variety of backgrounds including social work, speech and language pathology, psychology, education, recreation, and political science. They are ACRE (Association of Community Rehabilitation Educators) trained and members of TASH and APSE on the national level. Our staff participates in continuing education opportunities yearly.
Lionheart is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization founded in the year 2000 by a group of parents and professionals who created a supportive and nurturing environment for children with challenges of relating and communicating. Lionheart started in a small cottage on the grounds of the Alpharetta Presbyterian Church, and worked diligently to create a model program that focused on each child’s individual differences. In 2010, with the support of families, friends, foundations and the community, Lionheart moved into a new building that was designed specifically for the population it serves.
As our students began to age out of our school program, Lionheart realized the growing need for a post-secondary option for individuals with autism and similar neurological profiles that want to learn skills to obtain employment in the community. In 2015, Lionheart WORKS started with just 4 individuals. Since then, WORKS has successfully served over 50 participants; finding them employment in various settings including UPS, Chick-Fil-A, in veterinary clinics, farms, churches and other businesses in the surrounding community.
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