A&E’S INSPIRING NEW DOCUSERIES “THE EMPLOYABLES” FOLLOWS JOB SEEKERS WITH AUTISM AND TOURETTE SYNDROME AS THEY PURSUE MEANINGFUL EMPLOYMENT AND DISCOVER THEIR TALENTS
EIGHT-EPISODE SERIES PREMIERES WEDNESDAY, MAY 8 AT 10PM ET/PT
New York, NY— April 3, 2019—A&E Network will premiere “The Employables,” a new docuseries following struggling job seekers with conditions such as autism or Tourette Syndrome as they search for meaningful employment. With the help of specialists, each job seeker uncovers their talents and works to show potential employers that their perceived disabilities can often provide unexpected benefits in the workplace. “The Employables” premieres Wednesday, May 8 at 10pm ET/PT.
“We are honored that A&E continues to be a home to stories that celebrate diversity and give a voice to those fearlessly pursuing their dreams” said Elaine Frontain Bryant, EVP and Head of Programming, A&E Network. “Like our Emmy-winning series ‘Born This Way,’ ‘The Employables’ is an important example of how embracing our differences can bring about positive and necessary change both in the workplace and in the lives of so many people.”
Each one-hour episode of “The Employables” follows two neuro-diverse job seekers as they work to overcome obstacles and find fulfilling employment that provides them with the skills to excel long term in their careers. Each participant works with an autism or Tourette Syndrome specialist to identify their strengths and determine how best to pursue their job search. Once they understand their talents, each job seeker sets out on interviews or trial runs with potential employers to find the perfect line of work. In addition to following the job seekers, the series also shines a light on the highs and lows that their friends and family have experienced as they support them in their goals. A&E will be providing information online and via social media about organizations that offer programs and resources for neuro-diverse individuals and their families.
“The Employables” is produced by Optomen Content, an all3media company, for A&E Network. Executive producers for Optomen Content are Joseph Eardly, Ricky Kelehar, Maria Silver and Edward Hambleton (Co-EP). It is based on an original format called “Employable Me” produced by Optomen and the BBC. Elaine Frontain Bryant, Shelly Tatro and Brad Holcman serve as executive producers for A&E Network.