The State of Arizona’s Department of Economic Security created this feature video, which brings to life the impact that its 3-year partnership with The Precisionists, and the employment opportunities this collaboration provides, is having on the careers of neurodiverse individuals, whose skills and talents had been previously underutilized or overlooked.
In February of 2019 Arizona Governor Doug Ducey announced the creation of an innovative program, known as the “Phoenix Precision Project (PPP),” with a vision to create employment opportunities for adults with autism in the Phoenix community. The PPP was developed as a collaborative effort which included Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES), Salt River Project (SRP), First Place®, and The Precisionists, whose mission is to create jobs for individuals impacted by autism and other diverse abilities.
The Arizona Department of Economic Security was one of the first organizations in Phoenix to partner with TPI on this initiative. At DES what began in late 2018 as pilot project comprised of a team of four TPI data analysts, providing support for the Centralized Data Services department, has grown today to dozens of TPI associates supporting multiple projects throughout Arizona DES’s Family Assistance Administration.
Watch this impactful video, which highlights how focusing on a person’s abilities can make all the difference in the life of an individual, their family, as well as to the organizations, like DES and TPI, that value the unique talents they possess and can utilize in performing critical business functions.
The Precisionists, Inc. (TPI) opens Innovation & Technology Center in Phoenix, Arizona; expands innovative program supporting employment of individuals with autism
The Honorable Kate Gallego, Mayor of Phoenix and Mike Hummel, CEO of Salt River Project (SRP) joined the TPI Team for the ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the announcement.
Phoenix, AZ (May 4, 2021) – The Precisionists, Inc. (TPI), a Wilmington, Delaware-based company that creates jobs for individuals across a broad range of disabilities, announces the opening of its Innovation & Technology Center (ITC) in Phoenix, AZ. The announcement comes just two years after it announced its expansion to the market as a part of the “Phoenix Precision Project,” and further solidifies TPI’s commitment to provide jobs for hundreds of local adults with autism and other different abilities over the next three to five years. The ITC is located at 4646 Van Buren Street, Suite 185, Phoenix, AZ 85008.
Read the full Press Release HERE
PECO and TPI approach one year anniversary of this successful pilot project .
Wilmington, DE (April 19, 2021) – PECO, an energy utility company and part of the Exelon family of
operating companies is set to complete its first pilot program with The Precisionists (TPI), a Wilmington,
DE-based organization focused on employment for adults with disabilities. Approaching its one-year
anniversary, the program uses the talents of a team of autistic adults from TPI’s workforce to tackle
critical business needs within PECO Energy’s Customer Operations, Transmission & Substations, and
Support Services departments.
Read the full Press Release HERE
Listen to KYW-1060 Newsradio John McDevitt's interview on 4/22/21 with Lauren Feldhake, Vice President of Customer Operations for PECO discussing our partnership.
TPI's Gabe Venuto featured on news story by Channel 6ABC-Philadelphia's community journalist Matteo Iadonisi: "Adults with autism find their place in the workforce thanks to Delaware business"
It's fitting that during Autism Awareness & Acceptance Month, that 6ABC wanted to show how The Precisionists is helping neurodiverse adults reach their career goals, and at the same time is helping companies realize the benefits of implementing our innovative and inclusive employment model.
Also interviewed for this story are, Gabe's mother, Jennifer Venuto, TPI's CEO, Ernie Dianastasis and TPI's Director of Talent Acquisition, Kendal Reynolds.
Click HERE to watch and read the full story.
State of Delaware - Department of Finance and The Precisionists, Inc. Launch Autism at Work Employment Program
Wilmington, DE (September 28, 2020) –The State of Delaware Department of Finance recently began collaborating with The Precisionists (TPI), a Wilmington, Del.-based organization focused on employment for adults with disabilities. The pilot program, about to celebrate its first anniversary, uses the talents of a team of autistic adults from TPI’s workforce to tackle critical business needs within the Department of Finance’s Division of Revenue (DOR).
Read the full press release HERE
Listen to WDEL Radio's Peter MacArthur interview on 9/30/20 with Jennifer Hudson, Director of the State of Delaware Division of Revenue and TPI's CEO, Ernie Dianastasis discussing our partnership:
Jeanie Heffernan, EVP & Chief Human Resources Officer at Independence Blue Cross joined TPI's CEO, Ernie Dianastasis to discuss the innovative journey our two organizations are on to employ individuals with developmental disabilities.
The PACT Foundation of Philadelphia hosted their annual (virtual) Breakfast "Embracing Neurodiversity" on June 19, 2020. An annual event benefitting the PACT foundation, which is committed to highlighting and supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM education, entrepreneurship and investment.
During Jeanie and Ernie's segment queued up in the link below, you will hear how the TPI and IBC partnership started and about the benefits of employing a neurodiverse workforce.
The Precisionists Inc. and KeyBank Team Up in Innovative Program Supporting Employment of Individuals with Developmental Disabilities
KeyBank is utilizing The Precisionists’ innovative disability employment model across a number of areas in its business. This program is among the first for the financial services industry, and a first for the Cleveland market. Read the full press release HERE
This exciting news was also featured in the Teresa Dixon Murray's article in the February 2, 2020 edition of the Cleveland Plain Dealer . Click this link to read the article: "KeyBank workers with autism excel through new program that is model for others".
The Precisionists, Inc. (TPI) announces expansion to Phoenix, Arizona.
On Tuesday, February 5, 2019, Arizona Governor, Doug Ducey, Salt River Project (SRP), the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC), and First Place® AZ announced the creation of an innovative program, known as the “Phoenix Precision Project,” providing employment opportunities for adults with autism. The Precisionists, Inc. (TPI), an IT and Business Administrative Services company who has developed a world-class best practices model for employing people with developmental disabilities, with a focus on autism, will be making a major expansion to Phoenix, Arizona. The program will be implemented utilizing TPI’s innovative employment model.
The Phoenix Precision Project will provide jobs for hundreds of Arizonians with autism and other diverse abilities over the next three to five years.
Charter members of the Phoenix Precision Project will utilize The Precisionists’ innovative disability employment model in a number of areas of their businesses, including IT and administrative services. The first three organizations to participate are the State of Arizona Department of Economic Security, Salt River Project (SRP) and Mobile Mini.
This announcement supports Governor Ducey’s November 2017 Employment First State Executive Order, which expanded job opportunities for Arizonans with disabilities within state agencies, and raised awareness and interest in private companies in the community to hire people with disabilities.
Read the full press release HERE
Pepco Holdings, Inc. (PHI) created a video to spotlight how their partnership with TPI is creating a more diverse and inclusive workforce. Take a few moments to watch how TPI's innovative model is working for PHI.
12/11/17 – Pepco Holdings, Inc. (PHI) and The Precisionists, Inc. (TPI) are expanding their partnership to create dozens of jobs for autistic adults. This announcement took place at a press conference held at TPI's headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware. Among those attending the event were Mike Poncia, VP Customer Service for PHI, Ernie Dianastasis, CEO for TPI, the Hon. Jack Markell, former Governor of Delaware, and Gary Stockbridge, Regional President of Delmarva Power. View the full press release here
4/20/17 – UBS launches pilot program to support employment of individuals with autism. The program will begin in Nashville in partnership with The Precisionists.
8/21/2016 – Wilmington News Journal Article: "Putting People With Disabilities to Work in Delaware"
“Ernie became a role model for engaging the corporate and local community in creating jobs for autistic people. I am excited about Ernie taking the next step in combining business with a social mission. I look very much forward to a strong and scalable partnership with The Precisionists, and I will encourage employers to benefit from Ernie’s experience as a proven leader in the field of giving companies access to the untapped talents of autistic people.”
“To us, this ongoing partnership is about the power of opportunities. It will mean employment opportunities for individuals across a broad range of disabilities. The Precisionists will know exactly how to best utilize the many strengths of people with disabilities to deliver excellent technology and business administrative services to major corporations.”