Setting the Stage for Employment

What employers value and how to “set the stage” for employment within the home environment

“Did you clean up your mess? Do you have everything you need?  Did you walk the dog? It’s your turn to make dinner, do you have all the ingredients?

If you are parent, you have likely asked similar questions countless times, and while you may feel a little like a drill sergeant, engaging your children in activities within the home and community actually help them develop many of the basic employability skills valued most by employers.

Practicing tasks at home can help identify your child’s strengths and reflect on their abilities. Chores and activities that help develop skills and traits related to dependability, responsibility and a positive work attitude are employability skills described as most vital by employers.

The work expectations of parents and guardians are also a strong predictor of whether teens and young adults with disabilities, including ASD go on to find paid employment after leaving high school.

To read more about some of the ways that parents and their children with ASD can work on foundational skills at home to support future workplace success, 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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