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Citizens Bank: Supporting accessible programming for Autism Spectrum Disorders at The Imagine Walk

At Citizens Bank, we understand that a good bank is at the heart of a community, and that investing in our communities enriches us all. We also know that our colleagues love to volunteer and give back. When we can provide opportunities for our colleagues to partner with local non-profits or meaningful organizations, we help both our colleagues and communities prosper.

That’s why in late April, Citizens volunteers and their families converged on Goddard Park in Warwick, RI for the 2019 Imagine Walk and Family Fun Day for Autism. Organized by The Autism Project, the walk showed support for accessible programming for all children and adults with an Autism Disorder, their families and those who work with them.

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The day was filled with numerous family-oriented activities aside from the walk, including pony rides, bounce houses, arts and crafts, face painting, music and more. “It was an amazing, fulfilling day,” comments Guercy Carrie, Audit Manager and active Citizens volunteer. “Seeing the smiles on all the kids’ faces brought me a great deal of joy. It made me feel proud to work at Citizens to see all our volunteers so actively involved and having such a fun time.”

The walk represents The Autism Project’s largest fundraising event of the year.

All funds raised at the Walk directly support important programs at TAP where children and teens with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) learn life skills that foster independence, improve communication, and increase self-confidence.

Citizens Bank logo with 3 people under smilingFor Guercy, the event helped break down the stigmas surrounding individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders as well. “In my opinion, I don’t look at their differing abilities as ‘disabilities,’” explains Guercy. “The kids I met were so fun and amazing in their own way. They have unique abilities and attributes, and I’m confident their drive and optimism will make them very successful in their lives.”

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Meet the Work Without Limits Team: Peter Travisano

What is your name, title, and role with Work Without Limits?

My name is Peter Travisano and I am the Program Manager for the Work Without Limits Administrative Employment Network or AEN.

AEN Team Members: L-R Stephanie Major, Peter Travisano and Barbara Lee

How long have you held this position?

I have held this position since February 2014 although I held a previous position with Work Without Limits as a certified benefits specialist.

What is the best part of your job?

The best part of my job is working with our wonderful partners and the individuals they serve.

Do you have any special skills, interests or hobbies?

I am a musician, hiker, and overall outdoors enthusiast!

What is your best advice for job seekers?

Getting a job is a job in and of itself.  Keep at it consistently until you reach your goal!

L-R Peter Travisano and Benefits Counseling team members Brian Forsythe and Winnie Siano at the NABWIS Conference

What is your best advice for employers seeking a more inclusive and/or diverse workforce?

Individuals with disabilities often perform better than they would appear to during the hiring process. Look deeper and you will likely find a great employee.

What is your favorite place in the world?

Any mountain top!

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