Skip to main content
WIN A CAR!Buy Tickets

Autistic Poverty Reduction

Discrimination keeps autistic adults out of the workplace.

What’s the dollar value of acceptance?

For too many autistic adults in BC, acceptance is worth the difference between poverty and financial stability.

Many autistic adults are unemployed or underemployed when all they need is an accepting and educated employer who can provide accommodations. Others need improvements to government benefits and systems that can only come with societal acceptance.

There are many reasons autistic adults in BC are living in poverty. Join us for Autism Acceptance month as we learn why and explore poverty reduction solutions.

Supporting Autistic Adults is Worthwhile; Leaving us Behind is Worth Less

Watch the video to hear three personal perspectives on the challenges of being an autistic adult in the workplace.

Why is AutismBC focusing on poverty this April?

Our members told us they want us to! Reducing poverty was the third-most requested topic for our Communications team to cover (supported by 52% of respondents), preceded by training for healthcare professionals (53%) and barriers to neuroaffirming care (54%) — both topics we’ve already addressed through our resources.

  • Kelly’s Employment Story

  • Kenny’s Employment Message

  • Julianna’s Employment Story

  • Sylvain’s Employment Story

  • How would freedom from poverty enpower you?

Better Investment in Disability Assistance is Worthwhile;
Leaving Autistic Adults in Poverty is Worth Less

Sylvain and Julianna share some of the common problems with Disability Assistance in BC

This is a systemic problem

We explore deeper on the topic of why autistic adults in BC are living in poverty and the potential solutions.

Check back throughout the month for blogs, videos, opinion pieces, and personal perspectives.

  • Risk of Poverty

    Why are autistic adults living in poverty? Why does it matter?

    Imagine facing a maze of obstacles just to find meaningful employment and financial stability. For too many autistic adults in BC, that’s the reality. Getting and keeping work can be an uphill battle marked by daunting challenges. Join us as we unravel the complexities behind the staggering poverty and unemployment rates within our community.

  • The Ladder Effect

    learn why Equity is Worthwhile and Stigma is Worth Less

    A wooden ladder casts a shadow on a wall.If the economy is a ladder and the cost-of-living crisis has pushed everyone down a few rungs, then it’s grounded far too many autistic adults in this province. The real problem goes deeper than finding the right job. In order to achieve financial stability, autistic adults in BC need these four things at minimum.

  • Indigenous Perspective

    Joni’s perspective as an indigenous autistic mother

    Joni Oldhoff holds her toddler child.We hear a lot about intergenerational trauma, but we rarely talk about the trauma of intergenerational poverty.In the article linked below, Joni discusses how centuries of intergenerational poverty—and the barriers to thriving as an autistic person in our society—has left her still living month-to-month despite her successful career.

  • Poverty Reduction

    What would empower autistic adults to improve their financial health?

    Autistic adults in BC have incredible potential. Unfortunately, we’re too often marginalized and overlooked when it comes to employment opportunities, healthcare access, and financial wellness. Autistic adults in poverty in BC told us about the actions that would empower them. They fell into a few key areas: Financial support and stability, access to healthcare and services, employment and career support, and social inclusion.

    Here’s what they had to say!

  • In The Media

    Spreading the message of poverty reduction for autistic people across BC.

    Interviews with AutismBC Executive Director Suzanne Perreault were featured on CBC.

    Daybreak South with Chris Walker

    Daybreak Kamloops with Shelley Joyce

    The Early Edition with Stephen Quinn

April AutismBC Events

Throughout April, we will be offering several online events for our members. Check them out below.

  • Building Financial Literacy

    April 26 | 12:00 – 1:00 pm | Online

    David Chen, Financial Advisor

    Join us to learn effective strategies for building your financial knowledge. To support financial literacy for autistic and other disabled people, we invited our friends at DC Complete Financial to host a one-hour Q and A session online over Zoom with our community members.

  • Cover Letter Workshop

    April 30 | 6:00 – 7:30 pm | Online

    A woman writes at a desk.

    The job application process can be intimidating. It is full of unspoken rules and expectations that can cause enough anxiety for an autistic to stay at an unfulfilling job that doesn’t treat them well. In our workshop, facilitator Lisa Hislop will lead you, step-by-step, through creating the perfect cover letter to pair with your resume and application.

  • Neurodivergent Living Network

    April 15 | 10:00 – 11:00 am | Online

    AutismBC Meets: Neuro-divergent Living Network

    This Meets, a new group, aims to build a community of support for the daily living activities of all types of neurodiverse and neurodivergent families. So, bring a warm cup of tea and your best advice. Together, we will work on executive function challenges and build routines that actually work for your neurodivergent family. 

  • Yoga + Mindfulness

    April 9 & 23 | 12:00 – 12:45 pm | Online

    Our community asked us for more safe online spaces for connection. This is especially important during Autism Acceptance Month, when so much is asked of autistic individuals. Let’s join Noelle, an autistic adult herself, as she hosts this yoga and meditation practice to bring us together.

Highlighting our Partners: Autistic-Owned & Neuroaffirming Businesses

This month, we’d like to highlight some of the autistic entrepreneurs and neuroaffirming businesses we have partnered with before. Learn how to support them below.

  • WAGS K9 Teeth Cleaning

    Wags is owned by Kelly Moran, one of the individuals featured in the videos above. Check out her services for non-anaesthetic teeth cleaning for dogs in the Greater Vancouver area.

  • Crow & Sparkle

    Nic Carper, who we’ve profiled before, is the owner of Crow and Sparkle. He makes unique jewelry from silver, copper, brass, and wood. The business is Nanaimo-based and offers shipping.

  • Art by Mitchell

    Mitchell drawing a Prince Rupert homeMitchell Brager is an autistic artist who has channeled his passion into success. He loves drawing local homes and has been featured in several galleries in Northern BC. His prints, calendars, and custom artwork are available to order.

  • Studio by the Bay

    Studio by the Bay is a Prince Rupert-based independent boutique design studio owned by Hannah Phillipson-Madill. They specialize in brand strategy, creative direction and design, styling and photography for small businesses. They also have a sweet sticker shop filled with neuroaffirming designs!

  • Brainbow

    A black bracelet. Letter beads spell "neurodiversity"Local to Smithers, BC, BRAINBOW brings a colourful twist to conversations about neurodiversity and mental health. Shop handcrafted and curated collections of neuroaffirming accessories.

Our Sponsors

We’d also like to highlight the businesses that support our fundraising efforts during April, each of which has a unique connection to the autism community. Learn how these businesses support AutismBC here.

Media Sponsor

Support Us

AutismBC strives to reduce poverty among autistic adults by supporting them and promoting their inclusion in society. If you are able, consider donating to autismbc this month here. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Sharing Your Story Could Help Others

We’d love to hear about your experience of autistic employment and poverty. Please get in touch with us here.

Skip to content