Lighting the Path for Employment of Individuals with Autism
Artistas Cafe has been providing training and employment to people diagnosed with Autism since 2011. This unique program provides training in a real Cafe work environment that provides the support necessary for students to develop their skills, abilities and self-confidence in a safe environment.
Many of our students have been able to work at Artistas Cafe and receive competitive compensation. Others have secured employment within other businesses because of
the skills and confidence they gained through our program.
Artistas Cafe established a partnership with The University of South Florida
St. Petersburg (USFSP) Education Department in 2011. Through this partnership, an assessment tool was developed and is being used to document the success of our
students. USFSP Special Education students complete internships at Artistas Cafe
and gain knowledge and experience with working with young adults with autism
in a work setting.
Because of the success of the Artistas Cafe program, our vision has expanded to establish an Artistas Development Center. (details on Artistas World programs page) Once we establish this Center, we will be able to to serve those on various levels of the autism spectrum - from lower to higher functioning. In addition, by taking a more holistic approach with our program, we will have a better overall outcome for not only the individual with autism, but also thier families.