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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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Goal Setting & Self-Reflection

Goal setting and self-reflection (including self-instruction, self-monitoring and self-reinforcement) are important skills for everyone on their journey to employment. Students with disabilities who leave school with the ability to goal set and self-reflect are twice as likely as their peers who have not learned these skills to be employed one year after graduation (Wehmeyer & Palmer, 2003).

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