What is Worktopia?

Worktopia is designed to improve the employment futures of youth and young adults ages 15-29 with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) as they transition from high school to independent adulthood. Program participants engage in opportunities to develop social, communication and job skills in community and workplace settings, with the aim of increasing future employment success. 

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Great Ideas Are Born From Great Partnerships

Great partnerships make great things happen. In the case of Worktopia, The Sinneave Family Foundation and Autism Speaks Canada have come together to develop and expand three unique vocational training programs to improve the employment success of individuals with ASD and help them realize their highest level of independence and quality of life.  The partnership is also dedicated to the creation of a national network of autism organizations to enable the sharing of innovative and promising practices and to generate meaningful collaboration from coast to coast.


Worktopia currently offers three unique programs designed to improve employment readiness and enhance employment skills of individuals with ASD.

CommunityWorks Canada® is a peer supported pre-employment program for teens and young adults with ASD ages 15-21 who are currently attending high school. The program is delivered during after school hours and provides participants with the opportunity to develop and practice basic job skills, improve social and communication skills, acquire community volunteer experience and cultivate potential areas of interest for future employment.

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EmploymentWorks Canada is a newly designed program that offers employment preparedness training for individuals ages 15-29 with ASD, who are no longer attending school and are seeking opportunities to develop the essential skills necessary to obtain meaningful and sustainable paid employment. It is a peer/co-worker supported program that uses adult learning principles to develop and practice social, communication and employment skills in a variety of workplace settings and teams.

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SchoolWorks Canada offers social and vocational skills training to teens ages 15-21 with ASD who are currently attending high school. The program compliments existing school curriculum by adding elements unique to the learning needs of individuals with ASD, and is designed to improve academic motivation and achievement, increase social inclusion opportunities and enhance skills development through peer mentorships.  The program also provides supported community work experiences to help prepare participants for the transition to adulthood and future employment.

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Government of Canada helps create employment opportunities

Since 2006, the Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities has helped 40,000 people with disabilities across Canada. This is part of the Government of Canada’s overall strategy to equip all Canadians with the skills and training they need to connect with available jobs. To provide more demand-driven training solutions for people with disabilities, the Government’s Economic Action Plan is increasing funding to the Opportunities Fund by $40 million annually. Employers and community organizations will be involved in designing and delivering training projects. Through the Economic Action Plan 2014, the Government is providing $11.4 million over four years to The Sinneave Family Foundation and Autism Speaks Canada to expand vocational training programs for people with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

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