Have Dreams Academy

Employment Programs
Have Dreams employment programs have the goal of helping adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) land meaningful employment – and we have succeeded.  Have Dreams Academy participants complete internships in manufacturing, retail, or office-based companies while in the program. We’re proud to say that 100% of HDA graduates who elected to pursue employment were hired into competitive positions. In addition to allowing graduates to help support themselves, we expect these first jobs to open opportunities to begin to build a career.  Most importantly, they embed the graduates in the community, increase their self-sufficiency, provide a meaningful sense of achievement, and build lasting relationships. For more information about our adult employment programs, contact info@havedreams.org.

Have Dreams Academy

Competitive, inclusive employment opportunities are currently available for individuals with autism 18 years and older who complete an on-the-job workforce training program with the Chicago-area Have Dreams agency. Enrolled participants will enhance their social and communication skills, gain work experience and learn transferable job skills through intensive training, job coaching and real workplace internships.  Interns will:

  • Learn transferable job-skills and gain work experience
  • Improve self-management strategies
  • Enhance their social and communication skills
  • Discern and develop career interest

To learn more about this program, please download our Frequently Asked Questions here: HDA FAQ’s

Enrollment for our next session is now open, click here for more information.

This innovative program was made possible in part with a grant from The Coleman Foundation.