The CDC reported in 2018 that 1 in 59 children (1 in 37 boys) will be diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD.) by age eight. Many with ASD find it difficult to obtain and keep jobs.
Social Motion, Inc.'s mission is "Providing strategies and life path solutions to enable those with social cognitive challenges to become productive, fulfilled individuals".
Our Artisans learn a variety of transferrable skills:
- light manufacturing (heat embosser, hydraulic press, heat press and laser etcher)
- product development (jewelry, clothing, home goods)
- inventory management (stock taking, packaging and pricing)
- retail and customer services
- appropriate and effective workplace communication
- understanding of social hierarchy and workplace expectations
A word from our Educational Director, Jan Quinlan M.ED
"A wave of young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Asperger's need to become contributing members of society. Aspire focuses upon a comprehensive program of providing employment and a social community that has developed into a support network. Autism is a diverse population in terms of skills and aptitudes. There are no employment models to address the needs for young adults on the spectrum. An assortment of generalized learning difficulties need to be accommodated by generating intervention strategies that break down tasks into discrete processes.
Artisans as Aspire are given the opportunity to realize their potential, to attain higher goals and skills, and to focus their attention on detail and accuracy. Aspire offers diagnostic teaching of skills allowing instructors to work with an artisan's strengths while addressing deficit skills areas.
The aim of creating a supportive environment at Aspire is to facilitate our artisans in developing a greater sense of self. These individuals can not always find an easy path in our world so Aspire is attempting to find a place in the workforce where they thrive and find engaging work that leads to quality of life. Artisans are given a genuine chance to feel successful."
Our Growth and Success
Support from our customers, along with our earned reputation in the community has enabled us to grow considerably since our program began.
We are proud to share the following highlights since our inception:
- We have employed over 50 artisans since 2016. Our current headcount is 30
- We employ four professional staff members and typically host two or three interns from the University of Houston, who help out in our studio.
- Our studio includes two workshops, a stock room, a storage room and a kitchen
- We work hard to bring our products to market. Sales channels now include visits to our studio (where we have a small pop-up shop); trunk shows; online storefront, pop-ups, and wholesaling
- We enjoy working with other organizations and have been lucky to collaborate with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Elaine Turner, Renovate, Memorial Designs and Pinto Ranch, to name a few.
Contact Callie@socialmotionskills.org to find out more.