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Resources to support clients and students on the autism spectrum

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The employment rate for adults with autism falls significantly below that of the general population, in part due to stigma and lack of knowledge on the part of employers. Professionals working in career development can help move the needle by being more informed about autism, accommodations and resources available to students and jobseekers on the autism spectrum.

These resources and organizations offer a snapshot of supports related to employment and education for people with autism in Canada. Have a resource you want to share? Comment below or email lindsay@ceric.ca, and it may be added to this article or included in a future one.

ASD Central

A Facebook group for adults on the autism spectrum, by Autism Canada. A place to ask questions and get advice, it is not specific to employment but could still be a helpful resources for clients navigating work or education decisions.

Autism Job Club

Austism Job Club is a network of individuals, families, volunteers and service providers that aims to help people with autism achieve their goals. It offers technical support with skills development in setting goals, creating resumes, practicing interview skills, targeting jobs, connecting with service providers and more, delivered through group training and one-on-one mentoring.

Autism Ontario

Among its various programs and resources, Autism Ontario offers webinars on a variety of topics, such as “My First Job Experience,” “Thinking of Post-Secondary Education,” “Transitioning to Employment” and “Establishing Work Opportunities,” that may be valuable to individuals with autism, their families or career professionals.

Autism Speaks Canada

Autism Speaks helps support individuals with autism and their families. It has many resources that may be valuable to career professional and their clients, including:

Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorder Alliance (CASDA)

CASDA is a coalition of organizations and individuals developing a comprehensive National Autism Strategy. Career professionals or their clients who are interested in advocacy may want to connect with CASDA. Its membership directory of autism organizations across Canada offers

Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work (CCRW) Job Accomodation Service (JAS)

This service works with employers across Canada to help reduce barriers to individuals who need job accommodations by providing practical solutions and advice.

Geneva Centre for Autism

Resources for people with autism of all ages. For instance, its Pathways to Extended Learning programs, for ages 18+, help individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder achieve their individualized goals in the areas of work, volunteering, education or life skills building.

Specialisterne Canada

Specialisterne Canada aims to enable 25,000 jobs for people on the autism spectrum and with similar conditions. It has developed hiring and management practices that enable the employment of neurodiverse individuals by removing barriers. It shares job opportunities, offers a post-secondary bridging program for neurodiverse students and more.

ConnectAbility – Transition Planning Milestones for Youth with Autism

Transitioning to adulthood is a process requiring advanced planning and preparation. This tip sheet highlights questions and pathways to consider for students with autism at milestone decision-making ages (Grade 8, Grades 9 and 10, age 16 and 18+), as well as resources and advice at each stage.

Transition Resource Guide for Students with Disabilities – Austism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

This guide identifies common concerns and struggles for individuals on the autism spectrum, potential accommodations that may be available to students in a post-secondary environment, support organizations and resources.

Worktopia

Worktopia is a national employment network with a shared goal to change the odds of employment success for people with autism. It has resources for employers and families.

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Lindsay Purchase Administrator
Lindsay Purchase oversees CERIC’s tri-annual magazine, Careering, and the CareerWise website, along with the CareerWise Weekly newsletter. She has a background in journalism, having worked previously as a digital editor and reporter. Lindsay is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Global Studies program.
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Lindsay Purchase oversees CERIC’s tri-annual magazine, Careering, and the CareerWise website, along with the CareerWise Weekly newsletter. She has a background in journalism, having worked previously as a digital editor and reporter. Lindsay is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Global Studies program.
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