After college, Elijah Martinez wasn’t quite sure what he wanted to pursue until his counselor Nicole Green suggested he work with Evolibri, an employment services provider geared primarily to individuals with Asperger's Syndrome, ADHD, Learning Differences, and Mood Disorders. Staff at Evolibri recommended Elijah for a month long training program through Expandability; he excelled in the program and was hired as a full time employee at SAP.
So, I guess my diagnosis was NVLD, Non Verbal Learning Disorder; technically on the [Autism] spectrum, but it’s not as clear. One thing I noticed in school, like things would either click (snaps thumb) with me or I don’t get it and it’s just ridiculously difficult.
Socializing hasn’t always been supremely easy. I’ve spent a lot of time focusing on that because how much you know may not be that important. Who you know and how you can communicate to those people can often be a little bit more important. I’m working now down in Palo Alto at SAP. I appreciate this opportunity a lot. This program has been very supportive they really want to go out of their way to bring people who are not traditionally successful types of people. You know they might not interview well and they might know the networking to find the people to get these jobs right away. So yeah, so they’ve really gone out of their way to like find people, support them, bring them into some successful environment that could be good for them and match them to managers and people who will be accepting and want them to do well.
I am very lucky to have found this program. I would like to do my best to really make the program look good. It’s not just a bunch of people who are out there and can’t handle real life and can’t succeed in a regular environment. Rather, we’re all trying to do our best and really succeed and show positive results.