Delmarva Power starts initiative to put adults with autism to work


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Delmarva Power and The Precisionists are partnering on a program that will provide employment to local adults with autism, the companies announced at a press conference Monday.

Delmarva Power will be utilizing The Precisionists’ disability employment model across different areas in its business, including managing and updating databases, helping with the processing of solar power applications and assisting call centers by analyzing important data.

The initiative, which helps support the goal of The Precisionists to employ 10,000 people with disabilities in the U.S. by 2025, will include more than a dozen employees working for Delmarva Power out of the TPI offices in Talleyville. And Delmarva Power hopes that number grows.

In addition to working for Delmarva Power, the new employees will also provide support to other Pepco Holdings utilities, including Atlantic City Electric.

“A diverse team of people, like those team members here at The Precisionists, with different backgrounds, different experiences, different perspectives, different cultures, they make us a better company,” said Mike Poncia, VP of customer operations for Pepco Holdings.

“This partnership will be a role model for any major company interested in building a great, innovative environment utilizing people with incredible talents,” Ernie Dianastasis, the CEO of The Precisionists, said. “The numbers show that for disabilities across the U.S., over 70 percent of individuals are underemployed or unemployed. And the numbers are close for that as it relates to autism.”

Former Gov. Jack Markell made workforce development for people with disabilities a priority during his 2012-2013 term as chair of the National Governors Association and was in attendance Monday.

“When businesses recognize how much talent so many people in our state and our country have and how much they can make a difference, they’re going to want to hire them,” Markell said. “That’s what this is all about.”

Contact reporter Jeff Neiburg at (302) 983-6772, or on Twitter @Jeff_Neiburg.

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