The EW Story

The Program

The EmploymentWorks Story

As part of the Economic Action Plan 2014, The Sinneave Family Foundation and Autism Speaks Canada were provided with $11.4 million over four years from the Government of Canada’s Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities Program to develop, implement and evaluate a suite of pre-employment training programs in five regions across Canada focused on improving the employment outcomes for individuals with autism. EmploymentWorks was one of the programs developed and expanded through this investment.

The program reached over 500 participants at 10 organizations across Canada and exceeded outcome expectations. This collective effort has helped to secure funding for a new national initiative, the EmploymentWorks National Project.

Our thanks goes out to the leadership and program staff at the following organizations who helped us get there:

• Centre for Autism Services Alberta (Edmonton, AB)
• Abilities Centre (Whitby, ON)
• Geneva Centre for Autism (Toronto, ON)
• The Sinneave Family Foundation (Calgary, AB)
• SaskAbilities (Saskatoon, SK)
• Pacific Autism Family Network (Vancouver, BC)
• Kerry’s Place Autism Services (Aurora, ON)
• Miriam Foundation – See Things My Way (Montreal, QC)
• Autism Nova Scotia (Halifax, NS)
• Autism Society of Newfoundland & Labrador (St. John’s NL)

We do not all have the same "educational profile" and the same strategies of memorization: to learn, some people imagine the things in their head by bringing images, they have a visual memory, while others prefer to tell each other, to tell each other things, they have a rather auditory memory. Finally, some will be more sensitive to the experience and movement, they need to move to learn or put the ideas into motion, to do experiments, they have a kinesthetic memory. If you are visual, ahead of the color. Highlight, check that, frame the different parts of the course to visually reveal the plan. Avoid too long sentences and instead, do not hesitate to put dashes or arrows to list the ideas or to show the logical links. It is not a question of making your class more "pretty" (although it may make you want to learn more), but to bring out the concepts and the cutting of the ideas in a rigorous way. You must, therefore, respect a "color code" (blue for large parts, green for subparts, red for definitions to know by heart for example). When you learn your lesson, you can use the mind mapping technique to schematize the plan as a large "reflection tree". You start from a central idea and with arrows, you make a branch that represents the causes, then another consequences.
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Government Of Canada

The Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities assists persons with disabilities to prepare for, obtain and maintain employment. It supports persons with disabilities in overcoming barriers to ...

Sinneave Family Foundation

The Sinneave Family Foundation (Sinneave) is a charitable operating foundation, created in 2008 to address the challenges experienced by emerging adults with autism. Among Canadian children and ...

Autism Speaks Canada

Autism Speaks Canada is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the lifespan, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families by supporting ...

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