workability™ Awarded a Mini-Grant by The Central Oregon Health Council

workability™ Awarded a Mini-Grant by The Central Oregon Health Council

New Bend Chamber member workability™ was awarded a mini-grant by the Central Oregon Health Council for its proposal Expanding Job Opportunities for Neurodiverse Talent in Central Oregon. 

The grant provides Central Oregon employers the opportunity to post job openings free-of-charge on, an Internet Job Board which connects inclusive employers with neurodiverse and disabled job seekers. According to numerous autism advocacy groups, up to 85% of college-educated autistic adults are either unemployed or underemployed.

"We hope having this resource available free-of-charge will help employers diversify how they source and recruit employees," said Sheila Jordan, founder and Managing Director of workability. "Neurodiversity should be a part of every company's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) strategy."

The goal is to encourage a minimum of 10 employers to post jobs on the site, and to encourage 100 job seekers to register and upload their resumes to the website within the next six months.

Employers can visit, scroll down to the bottom and select “Central Oregon Health Council funded job postings,” to create an account. There is no limit on the number of jobs employers can post at no charge, as long as they can provide support and accommodations that may be needed for prospective employees to succeed.

While there is no charge to post jobs, workability asks participating employers to share information about the number of jobs posted, job applicants, and if any of the applicants are hired through this process. Likewise, workability asks job seekers who are able to land a new job through the job board share the results of their job search and contribute to an outcomes report.