OTARC wins major global award

La Trobe University's Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre (OTARC) today announced that it has received a Force for Change grant from Salesforce.org, the philanthropic arm of Salesforce.

These funds will be used to develop a customised employment community portal dedicated to the unique requirements of adults with ASD.

Called TalentMark – the site will connect employers directly with adults, whilst community and government service providers will also be able to link with both to support adults with ASD finding mainstream work.

It will benefit from the expert input from researchers at OTARC and the hard data currently being gathered around the participation and success rates of adults with ASD who are engaged in meaningful jobs.

Currently - only about one third of adults with autism have regular mainstream employment.

TalentMark aim to lift this rate to 40% in five years with the project hoping to create 3,738 new roles.     

This is an extremely competitive award - the team were up against 134 organisations from around the globe with only eight finalists selected. OTARC was the only Australian representative successful.

Salesforce.org's Force for Change Grants Program accelerates social impact in the global nonprofit and higher education sectors by funding innovative ideas spearheaded by the Salesforce.org user community. The program is open to nonprofit organizations and nonprofit higher education institutions that are focused on using Salesforce technology in innovative, forward-thinking ways that will have meaningful social impact, and OTARC's TalentMark fit the brief! 

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