For Jobseekers With Autism, Having A Mentor Helps – Forbes

Lori Gabrek is mentoring Mark Fiorito, a jobseeker on the autism spectrum

“I’m usually hesitant to ask for help,” says Mark Fiorito, a 32-year-old Lynbrook, N.Y. jobseeker on the autism spectrum. “But what I was doing wasn’t working, so I was up for trying something new.”

That meant creating a profile on the autism-friendly jobs portal Hire Autism, run by the nonprofit Organization for Autism Research. It offers the option of being paired with an experienced mentor for one-on-one support.

That’s how Fiorito began getting mentored virtually by Lori Gabrek, 57, of Noblesville, Ind., who has coached 11 jobseekers through the site. “She understands me better than a lot of people do. I sometimes feel like everyone speaks a different language, and now I have a translator,” says Fiorito.

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