Worktopia is a federally funded project offering programs focused on improving the employment futures of youth and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Three program streams called SchoolWorks Canada, CommunityWorks Canada® and EmploymentWorks Canada are currently being rolled out across Canada, and target individuals between the ages of 15-29 who are still attending high school, or who are making the transition to adulthood. The Ability Hub is pleased to be offering the CommunityWorks Canada® and EmploymentWorks Canada programs – see below for future session dates. To learn more about Worktopia, check out  www.worktopia.ca.

CommunityWorks Canada® (CWC) is a peer supported pre-employment program for teens and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) ages 15-21 who are currently attending high school. The program is delivered during after school hours and provides participants with the opportunity to develop and practice basic job skills, improve social and communications skills, acquire community volunteer experience and cultivate potential areas of interest for future employment. The CWC next session at The Ability Hub runs Tuesday evenings starting March 29th through to June 21st. Call 403-210-5000, or email: sbaker@theabilityhub.org, if interested.

EmploymentWorks Canada (EWC) is a newly designed program that offers employment preparedness training for individuals ages 15-29 with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), who are no longer attending school, and who are seeking opportunities to develop the essential skills necessary to obtain meaningful and sustainable paid employment. It is a peer/co-worker supported program that uses adult learning principals to focus on social, communication and job skills development in a variety of workplace settings and teams. The next EWC session at The Ability Hub will commence on March 22nd and conclude on June 8th . Please call 403-210-5000, or email: mbarrett@theabilityhub.org, if you would like to receive additional information.

Worktopia 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. 

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