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About Us

Welcome friends & thank you for visiting Autism Awareness Shop!

Our Mission Video

The mission for Autism Awareness Shop is to open and operate a retail vocational training center specifically to provide job training skills to individuals with autism.  All of the profits from the sales on this website will be applied to fulfilling this mission.

We are located at 2908 West Hillsborough Ave. Tampa, Florida 33614. Our phone number is 813-879-6770

Hours of operation will be Monday – Saturday 10:00AM – 6:30PM.

Our vocational program and services will include: Job training in the retail industry (stocking, cash register, sorting donated items, pricing, customer service and sales, basic computer skills, and marketing). Participants will receive hands-on training in the thrift store and in private training classes. All participants enrolled in the program will be screened before accepted and the criteria for acceptance is as follows: The person must have an official medical diagnosis of autism and be at least 18 years of age.

We estimate the number of individuals enrolled in the vocational training program to be 20-25 at any given time. Once the person is fully trained and is ready to enter the workforce, our organization will assist them with finding a job in the retail sector. We estimate employing 12 part-time thrift store workers at any given time, most with autism who have successfully completed our training program; and one full-time store manager.

In the future, we plan to coordinate educational workshops for families with autistic children.

Topics will include:

  • Aging out of the system
  • Home and school support systems
  • Support groups

These will be held at our facility on a monthly basis in the Vocational Training Room at our location.

Please revisit our “about us” page for updates on the progress of our mission.

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