Delaware Public Media

Delmarva Power, The Precisionists partner to employ people with autism

Dec 12, 2017

A partnership between Delmarva Power and The Precisionists will provide local jobs to people with autism. 

Last summer, Delmarva Power employed 12 adults with autism as part of a pilot program with disability employment firm The Precisionists.

Now, the power company and its sister utilities are looking for additional workers as part of a full partnership with the employment firm.

Delmarva Power spokesman Ben Armstrong says the new employees will help manage and update databases and analyze data for customer care services.

“We hope to leverage the skills and qualities people with autism often have - a knack for data, the amazing ability to identify the smallest anomalies in large sets of information, attention to detail,” Armstrong said.

The employees will update databases, assist with technical services and support Delmarva Power’s customer care operation.

As they take on more staff, Delmarva Power hopes other companies will follow suit, Armstrong said.

The Precisionists wants to employ 10,000 people with disabilities by 2025.

According to the American Community Survey from 2016, 36 percent of Delawareans with disabilities have jobs in the First State.