Be Open + Be Ready

It’s time to be open to cultivating a more neuro-inclusive workforce and workplace.

It’s time to get to work.

Many companies that fuel our economy don’t have the workforce needed to fill open positions.

Hundreds of thousands of adults with autism and/or intellectual/developmental disabilities (A/I/DD), neurodiversities and/or mental health diagnoses are ready to go to work—right now.

Through Be Open + Be Ready, First Place is:

Working with employers

to help them provide more neuro-inclusive workplaces where all individuals can thrive.

Working with jobseekers

to help them succeed in workplaces that are inclusive and accommodating.

Working with job coaches

to help them provide support to jobseekers in the workplace

“Loyal, neurodivergent employees help us solve the problem of grasshoppers—the people who jump from job to job and cost businesses millions of dollars.”
Robert Lavinia, Former President/CEO, Tosco Marketing

Meaningful contributions.

Neurodiverse employees contribute to the efficiency, culture and overall brand of a business.

  • Research shows that productivity is up as much as 140% in some tech jobs.
  • Neurodiverse employees can accelerate innovation.
  • Other employees and customers have positive response.
  • Accommodations for neurodiverse employees benefit everyone. 
  • Adults with A/I/DD represent all levels of diversity, equity and inclusion.  
“Loyal, neurodivergent employees help us solve the problem of grasshoppers—the people who jump from job to job and cost businesses millions of dollars.”
Robert Lavinia, Former President/CEO, Tosco Marketing