October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Cornerstone Autism Center asked Natalie Miller to speak to the staff about her experiences as a young adult with autism who has transitioned into the workforce and lives on her own in downtown Indianapolis.
Miller works at the Marion County Prosecutors Office as a Misdemeanor Paralegal. She has a bachelor’s degree from Franklin College and a paralegal certification from IUPUI.
“The #DifferentNotLess Initiative was launched [last year] by the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office to help advocate for better disability employment,” said Miller. “I was only working in the office for 4 months when all this happened, which blew my mind.”
During her discussion, she listed these statistics: “There’s approximately 180,000 disabled adults in the state of Indiana. 82% aren’t employed, and of those who are employed, about a third are working part-time and the amount working full-time above poverty level could be as low as 4%.”
October 30, 2017, Morgan McClellan