Autism Spectrum

Programs and Resources by Disability - Autism Spectrum 

JVS Autism Spectrum Disorder Job Readiness Program 

This program offers group workshops, one to one counseling, job preparation and job placement and retention to participants on the spectrum.  Services include: 

  • Intake and initial assessment 

  • Half day workshops three days per week for eight weeks 

  • One to one employment counseling 

  • Tours, job shadows, resumes, job search 

  • Up to 14 week work experience paid 

  • Retention workshops two half-days per week 

  • Job coaching on the job site 

  • In partnership with Kerry's Place Autism Services 

 Specialisterne 

An international not for profit that seeks to empower people with ADS to find work that takes advantage of their unique perspectives, communication styles and skills. 

Specialisterne Canada works with businesses to help them integrate people on the autism spectrum, or with other neurodiversities, into their workforce. We’ve seen first hand how creating a neurodiverse work environment is good for business. A different perspective, alternative communication style, or a passion for detail can be a great asset to any employer, but because of standard recruitment processes and management practices, many face a natural barrier to employment. 

Our goal is to make a significant impact on the Canadian business landscape by employing people who think and communicate differently. That’s where you come in. 

Specialisterne Canada matches candidates with ASDs with employer partners. 

There is a growing awareness amongst employers of the skills and talents many people with ASDs bring to organizations. This article sums it up.  

Autism Job Club 

This organization in support of career and job search success for people with ASD has a blog, events and communication/employment readiness workshops, as well as links to useful resources. Many of its offerings are fee for service and offered in the Halton Region (Burlington and Oakville) 

Autism Job Fair  

SpectrumWorks was held in April 2019. Stay in touch with the organizer to find more events like this planned for fall of 2020 and beyond.  

Video 

A TED Talk featuring Alix Generous a researcher in molecular biology and neuroscience who also has Asperger’s Syndrome. Complex problems require unique minds: Complex problems require unique minds 

Books 

Asperger's From the Inside Out: A Supportive and Practical Guide for Anyone with Asperger's Syndrome By Michael John Carley, 2008, The Penguin Group (USA). 

How to Find Work that Works with People with Autism Spectrum Disorder. By Gail Hawkins,  2004, Jessica Kingsley Publishers (UK) 

Different, Not Less: Ultimate Success Stories from People with Autism and Asperger's, Temple Grandin, 2012, Future Horizons Inc. (USA)