There are different organizations that can help people on the spectrum find jobs. There are different resources that can be accessed. Here are a few that you can try:
- Can be accessed through your local Work BC Employment Centre.
- Directly from private employment programs.
- Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation – Employment Program of BC. (EPBC)
- Pacific Autism Family Centre’s initiative, GO Group, provides paid, goal oriented employment opportunities.
- Ready, Willing & Able is a collaborative initiative working to build a more inclusive workforce.
- If there are co-op positions in your child’s high school this can be an excellent way for him or her to experience what it is like to have a job.
- Vocational training and life skills training can also provide your child with the extra help he or she needs in order to see him/herself as a productive member of the society.
Job Coaching and Employment
Looking for a job can be a daunting task. There are many things to consider. There are different resources that can be accessed to help prepare someone with autism for the work force. Here are a few guiding questions that could help you better understand what you might want to get involved with.
- What are the individual’s strengths, interests, and skills?
- What level of support is needed for the individual to achieve his or her goals
- What are the short term and long term goals? Are they realistic?
- Is paid employment appropriate? Consider how to manage finances.
- Is volunteer work appropriate?
- Does the youth qualify for any supported employment programs?
We suggest you make sure to ask the individual what they see themselves doing and don’t just assume that because, for example, your daughter is interested in animals that she will want to WORK with animals. If employment is a possibility, involve your child completely in the process – consult them on their interests, goals, and concerns.
AutismBC, in partnership with Orbital Learning, hosts an Employment Retention and Training Assessment (ERTA) program designed for adults on the spectrum to develop the skills needed to find and keep jobs. Click here to learn more and register for upcoming sessions.