Ecosystem Approach to Employment and Autism | March 29, 2018

Working age individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) have the lowest employment rate in Canada at 14.3% in comparison to the general population (92.7%) and other disability groups (45.2%). This significant under-engagement in the labour force demonstrates the need to consider new and innovative approaches to employment to support long-term improved outcomes and overall quality of life.

An ecosystem is described as a network of interconnected parts, and when applied to employment for individuals with autism it considers all the critical intersecting elements: the individual with autism, their family, support agencies, the workplace, the broader community, and supportive public policy – all elements that need to work together to influence, impact and improve employment success.

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