Work…it’s so much more than just a job. What we do provides us all with social structure and economic means. It is the crucible for building lasting values and self-esteem. Our work helps us define who we are and our place in the world.
But for more than half a million of our fellow citizens with intellectual disabilities or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), “what do you do?”, is no easy question to answer. With an employment rate of only about 25%, they form a significant untapped labour pool. And while they may be under-employed, persons with intellectual disabilities or ASD are certainly not unemployable. With effective support and employer leadership they can join the workforce at rates similar to their peers.
Ready, Willing and Able is an initiative of the Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL), in partnership with the Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorders Alliance (CASDA). It is designed to build on, and increase employer capacity and demand to hire people with intellectual disabilties and people with autism spectrum disorder. By creating the effective and responsive linkages between employers and employment agencies supporting people with intellectual disabilities and ASD, we will open new doors of opportunity for our fellow Canadians.
The Government of Canada has made a three-year investment in Ready, Willing and Able to work with employers and community agencies in 20 communities across the country. We are committed to generating a minimum of 1200 employment opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities and ASD.
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