Teens and young adults with autism face distinct challenges finding work and pursuing career goals.

Reported rates of employment for adults with autism range from 15 – 50%. Those who are employed are often under-employed or work in menial positions.

The Centre for Autism Services Alberta is pleased to deliver the CommunityWorks Canada® program to teens with autism, 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, build social skills, and communication strategies. 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 while modeling acceptable workplace behaviours. Community partners play an important role in generating awareness and promoting understanding and acceptance of autism in our community.

The Centre for Autism Services Alberta provides additional pre-employment-readiness programming with the EmploymentWorks Canada (EWC) program. This program applies to individuals between the ages of 15-64 with autism and/or other disabilities. The EWC program provides the next step of workplace training and mentorship to youth and adults. We offer flexible programming to suit participants, from high-school EWC programming offered in school or after school hours, to virtual delivery, to in-person sessions, or a combination.  EmploymentWorks Canada is for you if you are motivated to seek pre-employment preparedness training and want to enter the job market.

This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities Program.

 

 

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