Autism Connections Fredericton
Autism Connections Fredericton, in collaboration with Ready, Willing and Able are working to connect job seekers with Autism Spectrum Disorder to paid employment opportunities in the Fredericton Area.
Autism Job Seekers Database
Fredericton, NB, (May 29, 2018)
Autism Connections Fredericton is pleased to partner with Ready, Willing and Able (RWA) to launch The Compass, a database that supports job seekers with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in navigating their path to employment in the Fredericton area.
In Canada, individuals with ASD represent a large, untapped talent pool of candidates in the country’s labour market. Despite possessing a diverse range of skills and academic training, including areas of high demand, only 1 in 4 individuals with ASD are employed. Unfortunately, typical recruitment and selection processes often inadvertently screen out strong candidates who also happen to have ASD. Starting with the job interview, the true skills and abilities of the candidate may be concealed by difficulties in social communication, which are the very skills used to ‘sell yourself’ to an employer.
“As an Autism Resource Centre we are so pleased to have services available for adults on the spectrum. RWA is a wonderful program that will help us to support the needs of more members and help us to promote the development of new and exciting opportunities for employment." said Rick Hutchins, Executive Director of Autism Connections Fredericton.
For a job seeker with ASD, The Compass provides a direct connection to one of RWA’s local Autism Employment and Outreach Coordinators, who support them in navigating their path to employment and provides guidance in identifying job opportunities created by Ready, Willing and Able that match their individual skills and interests.
For employers, the database is a repository of a large and diverse group of prospective job candidates that fit their hiring needs—helping them build more inclusive workplaces and positively impacting their bottom line.
Funded by the Government of Canada, RWA is a national partnership initiative between the Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL) and the Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorders Alliance (CASDA) that is working to increase the labour force participation of people with an intellectual disability and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
Individuals who are on the autism spectrum and looking for employment are encouraged to create a profile on The Compass database.
Employers interested in exploring the benefits of inclusive employment are encouraged to contact David Paterson, Regional Autism Coordinator, at email@example.com or visit www.readywillingable.ca.