Employment and community activities

Employment and Community Activities

In Quebec, as of the time we developed the strategic plan in 2014, 500 adults were waiting up to 4 years for employment programs and over 300 adults were waiting up to 3 years for daytime activities. You can learn more about this problem and many other problems facing our populations by viewing the video below:

The Centre for Innovation is working with community and public sector partners to develop a pilot model of services to prepare individuals for a fulfilling life post-schooling and will also work with employers to build their capacity to successfully employ individuals with ASD and ID.

Our first initiative in this domain is the “EmploymentWorks” program, an exciting new employment preparedness training program for young adults with ASD.  EmploymentWorks Canada is a 12-week training program for individuals ages 15 to 29 who are no longer attending school and are seeking opportunities to develop the skills necessary to obtain meaningful and sustainable paid employment. The program incorporates peer and co-worker support, and uses adult learning principles to develop and practice social, communication and employment skills in a variety of workplace settings and teams. It occurs two times per week for 2.5 hours each session. If you are interested in learning more, please visit the Worktopia website at www.worktopia.ca. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available!

The EmploymentWorks Canada program is sponsored by The Sinneave Family Foundation and Autism Speaks Canada, and is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities Program.