Teens and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
face distinct challenges finding work and pursuing careers goals.
Reported rates of employment for adults with ASD range from 15 – 50%. For those who are employed, they are often under-employed or work in menial positions.
The Centre for Autism Services Alberta is pleased to deliver the CommunityWorks Canada® program to young adults with ASD, who are currently in school. The program is delivered during after school hours and provides participants with the opportunity to work with community partners to learn about the community, develop work skills, and build social communication. The program requires a commitment of 2.5 hours per week, over 12-14 weeks. Participants also learn many of the soft skills that support future employment success: accepting responsibility, social rules, time management, conflict resolution, and problem solving.
Volunteer mentors receive comprehensive training and provide valuable peer support, modeling acceptable workplace behaviours. Community partners play an important role in generating awareness, and promoting understanding and acceptance of autism in our community.
In January 2018, the Centre for Autism Services Alberta will be expanding its delivery of employment -readiness programs, also offering the EmploymentWorks Canada (EWC) program to individuals between the ages of 15-29 with ASD. The EWC program provides the next step of workplace training and mentorship to youth and young adults, who are now out of school, and interested in entering the job market.
This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities Program.