Social Innovation Stories

ASA

SourceAbled

For a variety of reasons, companies find it challenging to fully utilise the unique skills and abilities of the neurodiverse workforce (workers on the autism spectrum). As a result, these workers remain underrepresented on the labour market. The SourceAbled programme by the staffing company Rangam Consultants (a member of the American Staffing Association, ASA) seeks to connect US public and private Disability Support Agencies (DSAs) to companies looking for talent by creating conditions in which neurodiverse workers can thrive. Tailored training, job and workplace crafting, guidance and HR technology are all part of creating the environment for inclusive employment. For its efforts in promoting a neurodiverse workplace Rangam received the 2014 ASA Care Award.

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The challenge

The USA faces a shortage of 47 million employees due to new job creation and retiring boomers, driving the need for new sources of talent. Despite their unique skills and abilities, neurodiverse workers have limited access to nationwide jobs. Disability support agencies (DSAs) are often ill-equipped to provide matching talent. Furthermore, even if companies do find talent, retention issues persist due to lack of awareness. As a result of these challenges, individuals with disabilities remain under-represented in the labour force.

Solution

SourceAbled is a program which offers end-to-end consulting and staffing solutions, including HR technologies, to manage, track, and provide qualified candidates to support disability inclusion programs. This program also offers technology tools such as applicant tracking system to DSAs to manage their job-seeking clients’ profiles. SourceAbled consulting offers strategies, best practices, awareness, training, and frameworks to design, develop, and deliver a sustainable and scalable inclusive employment program for employers.

SourceAbled’s offers placement services along with technology and laser-focused training programs to bridge the gap between corporations and networks of prequalified fully vetted DSAs. It also empowers DSAs by offering a tech platform using which they can go beyond their local reach to explore more opportunities nationwide.

Outcomes

SourceAbled offered a scalable and sustainable framework for talent acquisition and retention in the area of neurodiversity. While a handful of forward-thinking companies had already started embracing neurodiversity, there were still many that did not have the expertise or resources necessary to bring the best out of neurodiverse workers. SourceAbled introduced a well-defined methodology for early adopters and disability support agencies to work with a largely untapped pool of neurodiverse talent, which, in turn, resulted in benefits for everyone.

In 2017 KellyOCG recognized SourceAbled’s parent company as their preferred supplier. 

In September 2018, the American Staffing Association recognized and honored Matt Brennan, an individual on the autism spectrum who worked with SourceAbled’s parent company.