The Employment Recovery Project is an initiative aimed at improving workplace inclusion for persons with an intellectual disability or autism through addressing critical hiring and support needs that have emerged in response to COVID-19. The Employment Recovery Project is delivered by Inclusion Canada (formerly the Canadian Association for Community Living) and the Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorder Alliance (CASDA) and works in collaboration with Ready, Willing and Able, and is funded by the Government of Canada’s Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities.
From coast to coast, the Employment Recovery Project team is working together to launch the project’s 4 core pillars.
Pillar #1: Development of an online resource and training platform that provides solution-focused, innovative and practical strategies for creating inclusive workplaces and access to jobs in the face of COVID-19.
Pillar #2: Project Relay, Development and implementation of a virtual tele-mentoring program aimed at building employment agency capacity and driving innovative approaches to supporting job seekers and employees on the autism spectrum or with an intellectual disability during COVID-19.
Project partners: Canucks Autism Network, Kerry’s Place Autism Services, Giant Steps, New Brunswick Association for Community Living, Autism Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador Association for Community Living
Pillar #3: Project Fast Track, Accelerating workforce entry for persons with an intellectual disability or autism through place-based/virtual training in growth industries.
Project partners: Canucks Autism Network, Kerry’s Place Autism Services and the Prince Edward Island Association for Community Living
Pillar #4: Driving Local Innovation through Community Project Funds, Allowing communities across the country to undertake innovative projects that address unique and focused needs of job seekers and employees on the autism spectrum or with an intellectual disability and local employers in the context of COVID-19.