The 2017 Pumpkin Pedaler: Supporting Transitions

October 9, 2017: We are excited to share our beneficiaries for the 2017 Pumpkin Pedaler Bicycle Tour - both of which offer young adults on the autism spectrum an opportunity to develop skills and gain experience designed to aid the transition to the working world.

  • Autism Speaks Employment Program: The Autism Speaks Employment Program allows young adults the opportunity to act as ambassadors at local events, including the Walk for Autism held yesterday. The participants draft resumes, participate in the interview process, and are given specific tasks during the event. In exchange for their work, participants are offered compensation packages - the Pumpkin Pedaler is proud to support the seven employees involved in the program in 2017. Several of the employees will be joining the team at the starting line at Elevator Taproom this year.
  • Community Computer Alliance: The Community Computer Alliance (www.ccompa.org) provides job and transition training for those on the autism spectrum while providing electronics recycling in the Greater Central Ohio region. I had the opportunity to tour their facility last week - I was floored. Participants in their program are individually matched with tasks based on their ability, and the facility is conscientiously designed to accommodate individuals across the spectrum. Their graduates have moved on to regular employment in several industries after learning skills, both physical and emotional. Our friends at the Community Computer Alliance will be joining us at both the start and finish lines this year - be sure to find out more about what they do for our community*.

As a rider, your registration fees support autism services like these in Central Ohio. Thank you for your support, and Join The Ride!