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This vocational class is a result of our pilot program, Reel Life Skills for Autism.
Enjoy watching our trailer about what we did!​

To begin the registration process download and fill out the application form.

10 Week Soft Skills Vocational Class

For Young Adults on the Spectrum with High Cognitive Abilities

  • Ages 18-25
  • Weekly class (start date to be determined)  
  • Mondays, 6:15pm-7:15pm   
  • $600 

Class is limited to 12 participants. It is for young adults on the spectrum with high cognitive abilities. In addition to classroom learning, group projects will be used to practice job-related social engagement.

60-70% of People on the Spectrum are Unemployed 

They may have the hard skills necessary to perform the tasks, but they lack  the soft skills necessary to obtain and maintain a job.

We can help!

New internship program coming soon


Professional communication and interaction skills for the work place:

Self-advocacy and self-disclosure*

Identifying and accommodating concept gaps

Professional communication

Emotional navigation

Accepting feedback

Managing sensory issues

Accurate reporting
*Pre-requisite: familiarity with diagnosis

“Soft Skills”  Vocational Program for  Young Adults on the Autism Spectrum

It is with great sadness that we must inform you:

Due to uncontrollable circumstances

The Friendship Network must close it's doors at this time. 

Thank you to everyone in the community for their support through the years.

"Increasing autism quality of life: experts at maximizing social, emotional, and vocational independence."

Training Facilitator Nancy Swanberg, MS, LMHC

Nancy Swanberg, MS, LMHC is founder and executive director of The Friendship Network for Children, a nonprofit organization serving children, teen, and young adults on the autism spectrum. She is also a licensed mental health counselor and provides psychotherapy via The Friendship Network.  Additionally, Nancy has a degree in Vocational Rehabilitation, both at the bachelor’s and master’s level. She has been a vocational evaluator and directed rehabilitation programs for adults. Nancy is uniquely qualified to provide “Soft Skills Vocational Training” for Autistic young adults.

Nancy Swanberg authored, “The Connection Formula: How to Autism-ize Your Thinking and Become Your Child’s Lifeline.”