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Autistic adults in Massachusetts will for the first time be able to access employment, clinical and housing services simultaneously through a groundbreaking partnership between Work Inc. in Dorchester and the May Institute in Randolph.

The Center for Integrated Adult Autism Services — which officials are calling the first of its kind in the region — is designed to provide adults with skills and resources they need to live and work independently.

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By Globe Staff  August 06, 2016

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 James Cassetta is president and chief executive of WORK Inc., a Boston nonprofit that provides vocational services for people with disabilities with the goal of preparing them for gainful employment and to lead independent lives. Now in its 51st year of operation, WORK Inc. also provides therapeutic services for people with developmental disabilities; housing and support services for the deaf or hard of hearing; and support for families and caregivers. Cassetta, 66, spoke about his career in behavioral health and his ongoing mission to help create more job opportunities for people with disabilities.

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UPTON - In the nearly seven years that Nipmuc Regional High School and Milford High School students have been working to close government contracts, they have returned more than $2 million to the federal government.

Even more impressive is the fact that every student participating in the program is doing the work with a physical or mental disability, but it is not holding them back.

AbilityOne is a "very unique program," said Jim Casetta, president and CEO of Work Inc., a company based in Dorchester that provides training and employment for people who have significant disabilities.

Basically, the federal government has "millions of contracts" associated with overseas wars, Casetta said, many of which remain idle until somebody closes them out.

That's where the students come in. The security-cleared, vetted high-schoolers work part-time on government computers in a highly secure area of their high schools, using spreadsheets and analyzing contracts.

"It's very, very complicated work," said Casetta. "They do as good a job as you or I.

"These kids are making good money ...; learning skills," said Casetta, while returning money to the federal government. "It's a win/win situation.

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                   By James Cassetta, Special to the Reporter       

Do you know what a “middle-skill job” is? It is any aspect of work that requires some type of training or education beyond high school, but not a four-year college degree.

Do you know which country is having the most difficulty placing appropriately trained workers in those middle-skill assignments? It’s the United States, and the numbers are staggering.

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Do you know what a “middle-skill job” is? It is any aspect of work that requires some type of training or education beyond high school, but not a four-year college degree.

Do you know which country is having the most difficulty placing appropriately trained workers in those middle-skill assignments? It’s the United States, and the numbers are staggering.

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Do you know what a “middle-skill job” is? It is any aspect of work that requires some type of training or education beyond high school, but not a four-year college degree.

Do you know which country is having the most difficulty placing appropriately trained workers in those middle-skill assignments? It’s the United States, and the numbers are staggering.

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