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AB-2840 Employment opportunities: persons with autism.(2017-2018)

As Amends the Law Today

 The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(a) Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is the fastest growing developmental disability in the United States.
(b) According to a 2013 report published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, unemployment and underemployment for young adults with ASD is estimated at 90 percent nationwide.
(c) Many employers are unfamiliar with the specific characteristics associated with ASD and thus are unaware of specific employment techniques and strategies that can be instituted with employees to help maximize productivity and increase opportunities for sustained employment.
(d) It is imperative that the state engage young adults with autism in outreach and education efforts so that they can directly help dispel myths, reduce stigma, educate employers, and break barriers to long-term employment. This will not only increase employment opportunities, it will also promote self-advocacy and leadership for this population.

SEC. 2.

 Article 4 (commencing with Section 14100) is added to Chapter 3 of Division 7 of the Unemployment Insurance Code, to read:

Article  4. Breaking Barriers in Employment for Adults with Autism Pilot Program
 For purposes of this article, the following terms have the following meanings:
(a) “California Workforce Development Board” or “board” means the California Workforce Development Board established pursuant to Article 1 (commencing with Section 14010).
(b) “Pilot program” means the Breaking Barriers in Employment for Adults with Autism Pilot Program.
(c) “Targeted population” means adults with autism.
 (a) This article establishes the Breaking Barriers in Employment for Adults with Autism Pilot Program to be administered by the California Workforce Development Board. The pilot program shall run until January 1, 2022, in Sacramento and Los Angeles counties.
(b) The program shall be developed and implemented in accordance with the criteria set forth in Section 14102 for the purposes of increasing long-term employment opportunities for young adults with autism.
(c) The program shall be funded upon appropriation by the Legislature.
(d) The outcomes from the program shall be reported pursuant to Section 14104.
 The board shall administer the pilot program as follows:
(a) Work with an experienced nonprofit organization on the outreach, selection, training, and compensation of young adults with autism to participate in the program.
(b) In collaboration with stakeholders, create a manual to train employers in building workplace capacity for the targeted population. Young adults selected pursuant to subdivision (a) shall participate in the stakeholder meetings and provide input on the content of the employer manual.
(c) Once the manual is developed pursuant to subdivision (b), implement free employer trainings in Sacramento and Los Angeles counties based on the manual. The trainings shall include participation and personal testimony from young adults selected and trained pursuant to subdivision (a).
 (a) The board may administer the pilot program through a contract with a private, nonprofit organization for coordination and staff support.
(b) Eligible uses of pilot program funds include, but are not limited to, stakeholder outreach, student trainings, employer trainings, administrative resources, and stipends for participating young adults.
 By December 31, 2021, the board shall submit a report to the Legislature, in accordance with Section 9795 of the Government Code. The report shall contain all the following information:
(a) The overall success of the pilot program.
(b) An evaluation of the effectiveness of the program for the targeted population.
(c) A recommendation on the long-term viability of workforce success for the targeted population.
 This article shall remain in effect until January 1, 2022, and as of that date is repealed.
SEC. 3.
 The Legislature finds and declares that a special statute is necessary and that a general statute cannot be made applicable within the meaning of Section 16 of Article IV of the California Constitution because of the existing resources available and the unique need to establish a pilot program to assist with the employment of adults with autism in the Counties of Los Angeles and Sacramento.