Delmarva Power announced Dec. 11 the creation of an innovative program to provide employment to local adults with autism.

The program, formed in collaboration with The Precisionists Inc., a Wilmington-based company that creates jobs for individuals across a broad range of disabilities, provides jobs for dozens of local adults with autism. Delmarva Power will be utilizing The Precisionists’ innovative disability employment model across a number of areas in the business.

Individuals taking part in the program are identified, assessed, trained and employed by The Precisionists and carry out project-based work, including managing and updating databases, supporting the processing of solar application invoices and requests and entering and analyzing data for the company’s customer care organization.

In addition to performing work for Delmarva Power, participants also provide support to all of the Pepco Holding’s utilities, which includes Pepco in Maryland and the District of Columbia and Atlantic City Electric in southern New Jersey. Work is performed at The Precisionists Innovation & Technology Center in North Wilmington.

Individuals entering the program go through a comprehensive four-week training program, utilizing the methodology of Specialisterne, a nonprofit launched by Thorkil Sonne that offers programs for talent and career development to autistic individuals. As part of the program, Delmarva Power is hoping to identify additional opportunities to expand this employment model to other parts of the business, further supporting The Precisionists’ goal of employing 10,000 people with disabilities in the U.S. by 2025.

For more, visit theprecisionists.com.