The EmploymentWorks Story
As part of the Economic Action Plan 2014, The Sinneave Family Foundation and Autism Speaks Canada were provided with $11.4 million over four years from the Government of Canada’s Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities Program to develop, implement and evaluate a suite of pre-employment training programs in five regions across Canada focused on improving the employment outcomes for individuals on the autism spectrum. EmploymentWorks was one of the programs developed and expanded through this investment.
The program reached over 500 participants at 10 organizations across Canada and exceeded outcome expectations. This collective effort has helped to secure funding for a second national initiative, the EmploymentWorks National Project.
The EmploymentWorks program offers employment preparedness training and support, combined with job sampling and hands-on experience to autistic adults and persons with disabilities. The program is designed for participants who want to enter or return to the workforce, and who are willing to develop and practice the skills needed to support employment success.
Our thanks goes out to the leadership and program staff at the following organizations who collaborate with us:
• Centre for Autism Services Alberta (Edmonton, AB)
• SaskAbilities (Saskatoon, SK)
• Pacific Autism Family Network (Vancouver, BC)
• Kerry’s Place Autism Services (Aurora, ON)
• Miriam Foundation – See Things My Way (Montreal, QC)
• Autism Nova Scotia (Halifax, NS)
• Autism Society of Newfoundland & Labrador (St. John’s NL)
For more information, click here to visit the EmploymentWorks website.