The Worktopia Project, funded in part by the Government of Canada and under the leadership of The Sinneave Family Foundation and Autism Speaks Canada, brought together 11 leading disability service agencies from across the country to deliver employment readiness programs for individuals with autism.
Worktopia programs were designed to build skills to improve the odds of employment success. From 2015 to 2019, Worktopia served 961 participants and engaged 328 employers across Canada. Of 279 participants surveyed one year after program completion, 32% were employed and 8% had returned to school.
Leaders from participating agencies came together in Toronto in October 2018, to consider how they could extend their work together at the community and system level to change the odds of employment success. The Worktopia National Employment Network was the result.
The Ecosystem for Employment and Autism
We’ve learned that getting and keeping a job for someone with autism involves many components within one’s social world. It will be important to consider not only the individual with autism but the surrounding “ecosystem”. A shared understanding of what this ecosystem is made up of will support our collective efforts to drive change in our communities.
Download an overview of the Employment Ecosystem here: Ecosystem