NC Career Advancement Resources for State Employees on the Spectrum (NCCARES)
In 2019, Governor Cooper signed Executive Order 92, Employment First for North Carolinians with Disabilities, supporting the state’s goal to create an inclusive climate for workers with disabilities. In recognition of the exceptional abilities of people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to succeed in the workplace, the state has created a pilot program to provide up to five hours of career coaching to permanent state employees with ASD who need support in applying for promotions or job changes within state government.
North Carolina Career Advancement Resources for Employees on the Spectrum (NCCARES) is a year-long pilot program managed by the NC Office of State Human Resources (OSHR) and funded by the NC Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). Services are provided by UNC TEACCH Autism Program and the Autism Society of North Carolina.