Open Door Founder David Stidger with Autism Advocate Temple Grandin

Open Door Founder David Stidger with Autism Advocate Temple Grandin

Open door was established to support increased independence, workplace assimilation, social growth and employability for North Alabama’s autism population. Our goal is to provide support for those on the autism spectrum as they seek to gain independence, while enriching and diversifying our communities. Open Door uses one-on-one coaching in live environments to support local businesses and non-profits. This enables our clients to contribute and learn the life skills necessary to join the workforce and achieve greater independence. Through job coaching, life coaching and community partnerships, we mentor our clients and help them grow their social skills as well as their confidence.

Founded by David Stidger in 2012, Open Door was created to assist the evolving needs of individuals and families in the local autism population beyond the classroom. Open Door’s focus is to provide work experience, support for social growth, and community exposure, along with tools and guidance that encourage independence. The goals we work and coach towards are are living independently, socializing independently, and assimilation into the community.