Empowered Employment Program

Autism Services is launching our newest program to support autistic adults and young adults with accessing and maintaining employment. So, what exactly does this mean?

About the Program

We aim to offer strengths-based services, and empower participants to gain confidence in their skills and abilities. We use person centered approaches and strive to create an accessible and inclusive environment. The Canadian Association of Supported Employment, or CASE, has developed the 9 guiding principles of Supported Employment:

Creating inclusive workplaces continues to become a more pressing matter than ever before as the 2022 Canadian Survey on Disability found that nearly one-quarter (24%) of working-age adults experience disability. To this end, our program works to benefit both job seekers and employers as we all strive to build a better future for everyone.

For Job Seekers

If you are an individual with a formal or suspected diagnosis of autism, we are here to help you. We currently offer person-centered and strength based one-on-one career coaching. This means that there are a variety of services or supports we can offer you based on your specific needs. These supports could include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Discovering job suitability – Not everyone knows exactly what they want to do for work, we can help you explore your interests and determine your strengths and needs in order to discover what type of work could work for you.
  • Developing job seeker skills – Even when you know what you want, there are many skills that go into getting the job you want. We can help you create your resume, write cover letters, and practice for job interviews.
  • Finding employment – We’ll not only help you build your skills, we’ll also help to find the job that’s right for you. We have a variety of options that we can utilize when trying to find you work, it all depends on what’s needed on a case-by-case basis. By searching job sites and contacting partner organizations we can help to find what job opportunities currently exist for you. If you need something a little bit different we can help by working with employers to carve out a new position, utilizing your strengths to fulfill a need that is currently going unmet or unrecognized.
  • Maintaining employment – The needs of autistic people are often different than those of their neurotypical counterparts, if those differences aren’t considered and adapted to it can create significant barriers to staying at a job long-term. You have the right to “reasonable accommodations” in the workplace. We can help you figure out what type of workplace accommodations you need, and help you communicate those with your employer. Find more about your rights to accommodation at https://saskatchewanhumanrights.ca/for-employers/duty-to-accommodate/

Along with the services we provide directly, we can also refer you to other organizations and programs that can provide additional supports such as assistive technologies or specific job training, it’s all about making sure we can get your needs met!

Getting Started

All you need to do is take the first step by sending an email to set up a meeting our Employment Program Coordinator.

  • General availability for meetings is Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm, please let us know when you have availability within these hours. If you require a time outside of these hours please inform us of what your availability would be, and we will do our best to work something out.
  • If you are able, filling out our “Job Seeker Initial Intake Form” and including it in your email will help us to get a head start on the process. The intake form is a fillable PDF, all you need to do to fill it out is download it, fill it out using almost any browser (Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, etc.), then save your changes.
  • If you can’t fill out the intake form, or if you aren’t ready to set up a meeting yet, don’t let that stop you from accessing our services. We want to work with you in a way that works for you; let us know what you need and we’ll go from there!

Email Examples

Sometimes sending an email can feel intimidating. The following link contains some examples that you could use for your initial email depending on your situation.

You may use or modify these examples however you would like. You are also free to not use them at all, they are simply some options that exist to offer some support if needed.

For Employers

If you are an employer needing workers and looking to create a diverse and inclusive workplace, we’re here to help! Whether you and your business have ample experience employing workers with disabilities or none at all, we want to work with you. To make it easy, we’ve created our “Employer Engagement Form” so you can share information about your business, along with any questions or concerns you might have with us.

Additional Resources

Still have questions about working with autism or employing a worker with autism? Not surprising! Autism, more formally known as Autism Spectrum Disorder or ASD presents differently in every case. The following links can be useful for further research to help acquire better base knowledge, but everyone is different. For autistic job seekers, remember that nobody knows you better than you know yourself. For employers, this just means that all you have to do is listen to the individual you’re employing. On both sides, open and honest communication is key! 

For Everyone

For Job Seekers

For Employers