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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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Summer School Work Experience

Attending school over the summer may sound like a real drag to most young teens, but a unique new summer program is providing youth with autism opportunities to develop new friendships, explore employment interests and gain valuable work experience – all while earning school credit.

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Maintaining the Momentum

“It would be wonderful to have some sort of next step. Something that happens after the program that you tailor to the individual.” In an effort to respond to this common sentiment by Worktopia participants and families, ‘Post Program Supports’ are now being offered following program completion to help maintain momentum and support the development of concrete next steps along the employment journey.

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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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