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Creating Accessible and Inclusive Workplaces for Individuals with ASD

We all have unique strengths, challenges, talents and interests. Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other disabilities are no different. Despite this, labour force participation is the lowest for persons with developmental disabilities compared to any other disability in Canada – 50 percent lower, and the employment rate for individuals with ASD is even direr at only 14.3 percent.1

Worktopia aims to foster greater awareness of the skills and contributions that individuals with ASD bring to the workplace, and to help remove barriers to employment by dispelling myths and negative perceptions that exist about autism. The programs provide opportunities for employers to work directly with the participants and to experience firsthand the abilities of this largely untapped workforce, and the benefits of being a more inclusive employer.

To read more about how Worktopia is helping employers learn about autism and how to create more inclusive and welcoming workplaces, click on the TIDBIT link below.

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Worktopia & Ready, Willing and Able: A National Collaboration Building Bridges to Supports on the Pathway to Employment

Worktopia and Ready, Willing and Able are working together to meaningfully influence the employment futures of youth and young adults with autism. To read more about how the programs are helping job seekers develop their employment skills, gain a better understanding of the employment services and supports in their local community, and make connections to inclusive workplaces that are looking to hire, click on the news story attached featuring a recent graduate of the EmploymentWorks Canada program.

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Supporting the Employment Journey

“If you have a (young person) who does not open up and does not talk about those things then … having (a written report with) strengths, weaknesses, what to work on, resources, all that is very important.” (Parent of Worktopia Participant)

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Relating What We Are Learning to Research

Using national population survey data, researchers from The School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary explored the education, daily needs and labour force participation of adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). They looked at data from the 2012 Canadian Survey on Disability that surveyed 45,500 Canadians with disabilities and found valuable information about the challenges people with disabilities encounter getting into and remaining in the workforce. Their research is also providing insights that inform policy development.

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