Brooke Goodspeed, founder of GETincluded, the Narberth-based nonprofit that offers competitive integrated employment, is one of Main Line’s Power Women 2020, writes Lisa Dukart for the Main Line Today.
Goodspeed, who is an oncology nurse practitioner at Penn, entered the world of advocacy ten years ago with the arrival of her second child, Oliver, who was born with Down syndrome. Later, Oliver was also diagnosed with autism. When they realized employment opportunities would be among his biggest challenges, Goodspeed and her husband, Jon, launched the nonprofit behind Narberth’s GET Café.
The Café currently employs 30 people. For many of them, it is their first paid job.
“They’re really getting a lot of skills through employment here,” said Goodspeed.
Now, the nonprofit is searching for partners that would make it possible to create an employment pipeline and pioneer a model that is usable beyond just Narberth.
“Our goal is to be recognized in every state, and we really want to drive our mission to a national level,” she said.
Goodspeed is also currently pursuing a doctoral program at the University of Pennsylvania focusing on the interweaving fields of autism and employment.
Read more about Brooke Goodspeed at the Main Line Today by clicking here.
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