Ready, Willing & Able (RWA) is a national partnership of the Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL), the Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorders Alliance (CASDA) and their member organizations. Funded by the Government of Canada and active in 20 communities across the country, RWA is designed to increase the labour force participation of people with an intellectual disability or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
RWA is working to connect employers who are looking for employees to the skilled people who can fill those jobs. From part-time seasonal work to full-time positions, RWA is finding new and exciting opportunities, one of which may be just perfect for you!
- For more information, please visit http://readywillingable.ca/find-rwa-staff/
EmploymentWorks offers training for adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other disabilities who want to practice and develop the essential skills necessary to get and keep a job.
At the same time, it offers volunteer mentors an opportunity to share their employment journeys, and employers’ direct experiences integrating persons with disabilities into their workplaces.
- For more information, please visit www.kerrysplace.org/employmentworks
CommunityWorks Canada®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.
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In partnership with JVS Toronto, this service provides transitional supports to persons aged 18 to 30 years old, with a diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome or Autism Spectrum Disorder into employment.
The program includes vocational workshops, 1:1 weekly employment counselling meetings, 1:1 job development, job coaching, job retention workshops and work experience for up to 14 weeks.
Participants learn about self-advocacy and how to disclose to employers, build communication skills, work life balance and workplace etiquette skills.
- For more information, please visit https://www.jvstoronto.org/find-a-job/disability-employment-services/
The Foundations Program is a goal-driven service to assist adults aged 18 and older in developing skills in the areas of employment, education, and community integration. Intake processes for Foundation Supports are managed by Developmental Services Ontario (DSO).
- For your local DSO office number, please refer to the Developmental Services of Ontario website.
Kerry’s Place now offers individualized support for adults at any stage of their employment journey. Consultants work with participants to set employment goals, apply for jobs, prepare for interviews and provide on-site job coaching, employer training and on-going support. Participants are able to use Passport funding to pay for job coaching services. Rates vary.
The Foundations Supports Program is a goal-driven service, to assist adults aged 18 and older in developing skills in the areas of employment, education, and community integration. Intakes for Foundation Supports are managed by Developmental Services Ontario (DSO). For your local DSO office number, please refer to the Developmental Services of Ontario website.
The Young Adults Project (YAP) is a new initiative at Kerry’s Place which focuses on supporting persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) who are looking to enter the workforce and retain meaningful employment. The Young Adults Project provides individualized support to young adults with ASD at any point in their employment journey. The YAP participants work 1:1 with an Autism Consultant to establish employment goals, attend workshops, connect with service providers, advocate for accommodations and maintain employment.
- For more information, please click here https://kerrysplace.emhware.ca/self-referral/
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Consultation services provide individualized support are available to families, and persons with ASD interested in developing their skills in various areas. These services are available to families, educators, and organizations alike. Topics for consultation may include:
- social skill development
- emotional and self-regulation strategies
- enhancing communication
- organizational strategies
- activities of daily living
- understanding and evaluating behaviours
The Café is a group for adults with ASD, and it meets at 222 Lesmill Rd on the second Tuesday of each month from 6pm-8pm. The focus is on social, recreational and leisure activities. Games, Wii, arts, snacks and beverages are the order of the day!
- For more information please call 416-537-2000 ext. 257.
The adult social skill-building group, The Social, offers adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder the opportunity to learn about navigating the social world in a small group setting. Sessions will focus on improving conversation skills, building relationships and understanding the unwritten rules of social interactions in the community and workplace.
Participants will have the chance to learn new skills with the support of experienced Autism Consultants and rehearse those skills on community outings. Sessions will be organized by age and learning profile to maximize group compatibility, and will be delivered in a central Toronto location.
- Please contact 416-537-2000 to register or inquire about more details.