TACT is a Denver-based 501( c) 3 non-profit that teaches trade and technical skills to individuals ages 5-21 with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). TACT was created to provide enriching, innovative and hands-on educational programs while improving the opportunity for employment and long-term self-sufficiency for those with ASD. With a focus on trade professions and technical skills, TACT offers the only program of its kind in the country. Through its immersive, hands-on vocational training, TACT effectively prepares young individuals with ASD- who now represent one in 59 children, ages 5 through 17- for skilled trade careers, which are one of the fastest growing and most difficult to fill professions in the country. Research has shown that those with ASD are uniquely suited to these careers, yet it is estimated that 90% of adults with ASD are under or unemployed (as a side note the the unemployment rate for those with other developmental disabilities is 21%). This presents a significant challenge to individuals, families and society. The annual US cost of treatment for individuals with ASD is nearing $300 billion- with approximately $200 Billion of this spent on adult services. If trends continue, these costs could exceed $1 trillion by 2025.
TACT aims to mitigate these challenges by helping those with ASD become self- sustainable and less dependent on government, familial and medical support, while also meeting workforce needs that promote job creation and economic growth. By focusing on one of the most underserved and high-potential populations, TACT has an incredible opportunity to change historical patterns and pave the way for a more inclusive work force. TACT envisions a world where neurodiversity is not only embraced but inherently valued-a world where the full spectrum of the autism community can contribute their talents and gifts to find personal fulfillment. We hope that you will be part of creating this new world!
TACT offers education in carpentry, automotive services, computer science, electronics, photography, welding, graphic design, fiber arts, instrument building and more.