The following links lead to helpful resources for employment skills development and finding employment or both. Some of these programs are no-cost, but a number of them are fee for service. Please email any resource links you would like to see added here to join @ autismjobclub.ca.
In the GTA, Calm Spectrum provides coaching and support to encourage independence and personal growth to meet individual goals. Developing skills in self-regulation, anxiety management, social interactions, personal living skills and employment leads to an independent and fulfilling life!
SpeechWorks in Burlington, ON has skill development programs for adults and young adults with ASD. For example, their Social Thinking approach bridges the connections between thoughts, feelings and behaviours, paving the way for transferrable social skills - good for job interviews and the workplace!
Project Autism in Oakville, ON is a grassroots, community-driven organization channelling all funds directly into the community for the programs, therapies and workshops that are so needed.
The goal of Bonds Autism Centre is to become a recognized support services facility in Halton and area, providing development opportunities for youth and young adults in group settings that enable independence and acceptance! Click here for upcoming classes on "How to Interview."
Every1Games helps autistic and neurodivergent youth develop the social, professional and technical skills required to succeed in life after high school while producing quality talent for the growing interactive digital media industry.
EmploymentWorks, SchoolWorks (coming soon) and CommunityWorks are skills training programs offered through Worktopia and will hopefully be available in Halton in the not too distant future!
Based out of Barrie, ON (and sometimes offered in other locations), the 12 week Transition to Life program provides direct training and individualized coaching for young adults with Asperger Syndrome aged 18-28.
The Centre for Skills Development and Training offers a number of programs in Halton including educaton, training and job placement services.
Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS) is a 14-week evidence-based social skills intervention for motivated teens in the 7th-12th grade who are interested in learning ways to help them make and keep friends. There are a number of staff at Autism Ontario trained to deliver the PEERS program.
Autism Ontario Halton Chapter serve the communities of Burlington, Oakville, Milton and North Halton. Autism Ontario is dedicated to increasing public awareness about autism and providing information and education, supporting research, and advocating for programs and services for the autism community.
Geneva Centre of Toronto offers programs for transitionally aged adults focusing on providing participants with the knowledge and tools necessary to navigate the transition into the workplace and independent living.
Kerry's Place, serving many parts of Ontario, is Canada’s largest provider of ASD service and supports, with a focus on personal growth, community inclusion, and the importance of being happy.
In a new pilot study with JOB CLUB members and Futures Found, Fit First Technologies is turning their Job Fit science upside down to help people on the spectrum understand what jobs they are best suited to, and why, so they can narrow and focus their job search activity!
Are you ready, willing and able to go to work? Are you currently looking for a job? Ready, Willing and Able has staff working in 20 communities across the country creating many exciting new job opportunities! Click here to complete your online intake profile!
Youth Job Connection is a program launched by Employment Ontario in Fall 2015 to provide intensive support and training to young people with multiple barriers to employment. In Halton choose from three YJC program providers: YMCA Burlington, Employment Halton Oakville and VPI Georgetown.
The Bennett Edge Team is a service provider to the Ontario Disability Supports Program helping individuals with disabilities to obtain and maintain employment at no cost to the client or the employer. They focus on the strengths and skills of the candidates and the needs and expectations of employers.
Specialisterne Canada helps businesses and employers understand, value, and integrate the unique perspective and capabilities of people on the autism spectrum.
Worktopia is designed to improve the employment futures of youth and young adults ages 15-29 with ASD as they transition from high school to independent adulthood. This program is now in 9 cities across Canada, including Toronto.
STRIDE (Supported Training & Rehabilitation in Diverse Environments) is the only Halton based organization whose primary purpose is to serve the employment needs of individuals facing mental health and addiction issues. Please note that many adults with ASD will not qualify for these services.
CL Burlington and CL Oakville offer a variety of services including job coaching for qualifying candidates. Please note that many adults with ASD will not qualify for these services.
Reach Toronto programs are for young adults with ASD, Asperger's syndrome and mild intellectual disabilities. The goal of their Success on the Spectrum programs is to ensure successful transition to post-secondary education, the workplace or independent living.
Do you have a practical idea to start or grow a business? Rise Asset Development Peer Supported Lending Program provides educational, business advisory, and mentorship support. The program includes 10 training sessions and up to $1,500 in a low interest loan.
The Autism Job Club book highlights the experiences of a group of adults in California.
It details the club's efforts in job creation, job placement and job retention for adults with autism.
To read a Q&A with co-author Michael S. Bernick, please click here.
Futures Found is a Facilitator of JOB CLUB. Tools like objective psychometric assessments, experienced insight and other proven methods are used to help guide Futures Found's private clients in their career and educational planning and decision-making and a new pilot study is testing these tools with clients with ASD!
Autism Job Club is an independent community organizations facilitated by
Futures Found (A division of Red Merle Ltd.)