Gaining Career Preparation Experiences (and School Credit!)
Since 2015, as part of the Worktopia Project, students with autism have been participating in a new program offered by the Calgary Board of Education that provides summer work experiences and employability training designed to support the transition to adulthood and future employment. The students gain off-campus career preparation experiences that are supported by a teacher and a peer mentor/job coach and focus on the development of employment skills such as social-communication, resume building and interviewing, transportation, job etiquette and job safety. Program participants receive credits towards their high school diploma, and both students and parents have reported positive impacts on student readiness skills and employment confidence. The students have also demonstrated an increased awareness of the personal and community benefits to being employed.
To read more about the Summer School Work Experience program, click on the TIDBIT link below.