The TEACCH® School Transition to Employment and Postsecondary Education Program (T-STEP) was developed to support transition to employment and/or postsecondary education settings for adolescents and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder who have received a standard course of study high school diploma.

The T-STEP covers seven transition skills modules grouped into four intervention areas:

  • Goal Setting Skills – These modules involve choosing and working toward individual’s goals.
  • Executive Function Skills – These modules target approaching tasks in an organized manner and time management and flexibility.
  • Emotion Regulation Skills – These modules target coping with stress and accepting corrective feedback.
  • Social Skills – These modules target getting help when needed and social skills for college and work.

Through funding from North Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Services, the T-STEP will be offered free of charge for 16-21 year old students with ASD at the following locations:

  • Central Piedmont Community College
  • Pitt Community College
  • Wake Tech Community College

Participation includes skill instruction, group practice, video modeling, and role plays. Students practice these skills on a weekly basis at a volunteer internship site, and receive individual career counseling, higher education counseling, and self-advocacy counseling. For more information, contact Elena Lamarche, 919-962-3303. Download flyer

Supported Employment

The TEACCH Supported Employment program serves older persons with autism, helping them to become as independent as possible by assisting them in finding and maintaining useful employment in stable, predictable and rewarding work environments. Since its inception in 1989, this program has used a variety of job support models to assist more than 500 people with autism to secure gainful employment and to become productive, tax-paying members of their communities.The components of Supported Employment are vocational assessment, job development, intensive training, and long-term support. Individuals are not required to receive all components of this service. Supported Employment services receives funding through North Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Services and a referral should come from your local VR office.

For more information about Supported Employment services, contact Jayson Delisle, Supported Employment Coordinator at (919)843-7086.