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Connecting Adults with Communities

Connecting Adults with Communities

About

Connecting Adults with Communities bridges the gap between post-secondary neurodiverse adults and competitive integrated employment within underrepresented sectors of employment like technology, data analyst, logistics, manufacturing, and more. Through experiential learning our program instills confidence, creating independence!

This program’s goal is to prepare each individual for competitive employment through individualized assessment, extensive career exploration, and skills development leading to on the job training. Throughout this individual development program, young adults will gain the necessary skills to secure and maintain meaningful competitive employment within their communities.

For more information, contact Program Director, Cassidy Kaput, 630.929.2725

Participant Overview

  • Young adults with a formal diagnosis that falls into the category of neurodiverse
  • Ready for post-high school experience, obtaining a high school diploma, certificate, or equivalent
  • Desire to competitively work in the community and interest in maintaining a job
  • Ability to access transportation independently
  • Ability to take direction, follow professional code of conduct
  • Functional communication skills
  • Independent ADLS and medication administration

Meet the Staff

Cassidy Kaput, OTD, OTR/L

Program Director
Connecting Adults with Communities

Cassidy has been working with Little Friends since 2019, when she completed a clinical rotation at Krejci while an occupational therapy doctoral candidate. She also completed her doctoral capstone at our Adult Day Services program in 2020, where she developed and implemented an adult leisure program. She has been a part of Little Friends Human Rights Committee (HRC) since 2020 and was hired in 2023 as the Program Director to support the new Connecting Adults with Communities (CAC) program. Cassidy is excited to be part of this pioneering program to support neurodiverse young adults in gaining the confidence and skills needed to competitively work within their communities.  

Cassidy comes to us with extensive experience as an occupational therapist developing programs for transition-aged young adults in the therapeutic day school and community day settings. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biopsychology from Monmouth College and an Occupational Therapy Doctorate from Midwestern University. She continues to practice as a Registered and Licensed Occupational Therapist at Little Friends Center for Autism. Cassidy’s passions are program development, community integration, transition-aged young adults, life skills development, and community employment training. Her ultimate goal is to empower the individuals she serves to gain as much access, integration, and independence in their communities (family, school, neighborhood, etc.) as possible.

Jeff Carroll

Job Development Coordinator Connecting Adults with Communities

Jeff joined Little Friends in 2023 to support Connecting Adults with Communities (CAC) program initiative in his role as Job Development Coordinator. In this role, his focus is reaching out to the business community in the area to identify opportunities for neurodiverse individuals in various roles across multiple industries, i.e. manufacturing, accounting/finance, logistics, technology, data analysis, healthcare.

He brings over 30 years of experience in human resources with expertise in talent acquisition and development, career exploration.  In addition, he spent numerous years in management consulting focusing on business development.  Jeff received his master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Illinois State University.

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