Citizens Expands "Autism at Work" Program
By Carina Boucher and Paige Derlinga | Citizens Staff
Citizens launched its innovative “Autism at Work” program with the goal of bringing neurodiversity into the workforce. Although the program originally focused on hiring individuals with autism spectrum disorder, it is now open to those with ADHD, dyslexia, and more.
Andrew, who was hired through the program in 2021 shared that he “had a wonderful experience and [was] grateful for the opportunity to start a career in finance.”
We've welcomed 10 new hires through the program. Given this success, we are expanding the number of opportunities and the career areas available.
To ensure a positive experience for everyone, we continue to partner with Massachusetts General Hospital’s Aspire Programs, which specialize in acclimating company workforces and their new hires. MGH Aspire provides mentorship and training to the new hires, the department managers and team members of program participants for the first 90 days. And, those hired into the program have regular coaching and professional development sessions with their manager and access to trainings to help them feel successful and supported in their career with us.
This program isn’t limited to helping newly hired colleagues. We understand that applying and interviewing for a new role can be stressful. Therefore, every candidate in the Autism at Work program will receive support throughout the recruiting process. We've also partnered with Mentra, a company that provides a neurodivergent-friendly application process for job seekers.
Hear more about the program from a local news network.