The Burkhart Center for Autism Education & Research is multi-disciplinary center at Texas Tech University with the mission to increase the quality of life for individuals with autism and to support their families. To meet this mission, the Burkhart Center is motivated to prepare people with autism for a full, high quality of life which includes education, independent living, employment and a connection to the community.
One of the programs of the Burkhart Center is the Transition Academy which focuses on providing its students with vocational skills. Students of the Transition Academy experience on-site job training through internships which prepare them for eventual employment placement in permanent positions.
Presently, students of the Transition Academy are placed as interns at local hospitals, libraries, restaurants, hotels and many other places of business. But these establishments mandate all employees must wear a uniform or specific work attire. All too often, families of the students of the Transition Academy can not afford this out of pocket expense. Funding for this campaign will be directed to clothe the interns of the Transition Academy for the best possibilities for life.
The students of the Transition Academy must be clothed in appropriate work attire for internships which includes items such as non-skid black shoes, black pants, belts, shirts, socks and hats. On average, the cost of one full work uniform for a Transition Academy students is $250. The Transition Academy has room for fifteen students so the campaign goal for this Giving Tuesday is $5,000 to account for the costs of the clothing, barber and hair salon expenses associated with dressing for success!
Please support the students as they transition to competitive employment!