The three-phased program develops technical, life, and executive functioning skills within participating individuals. Phase One is focused on job awareness, including onboarding, introduction into the work role, internal training modules, and establishing a pipeline of work with stakeholders. In Phase Two, participants progress from job awareness to concentrate on self-determination & self-advocacy, independence, and confidence. Pod Members build a strong resume with relevant certifications, training, and a track record of successful project work. Lastly in the final Phase Three focuses on transition to sustainable independent careers and sets trainees up for success outside the support structure.
DXC Technology is working with the Yang-Tan Institute to offer The Dandelion Program’s methodology and materials to other organizations. This will leverage the valuable knowledge and experience DXC has gained and share the tools created within the Dandelion Program with the wider autism community in order to build careers, resilience, and self-confidence. These materials can help an organization support and promote neurodiversity from recruitment through onboarding, development and job progression, to create a sustainable program that reduces employment churn and increases opportunity for people on the autism spectrum.