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"The Compass" Helps Job Seekers on the Autism Spectrum Navigate the Path to Employment

Ready, Willing and Able (RWA) is pleased to partner with local autism organizations in Vancouver, Toronto and Halifax to launch The Compass, a database that supports job seekers with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in navigating their path to employment.

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. 

For a job seeker with ASD, The Compass provides a direct connection to one of RWA’s local Autism Outreach Coordinators, who link them to employment supports in the community as well as a range of employment opportunities across a variety of industries.

The RWA team knows that inclusive businesses are stronger, more stable and more innovative. In fact, inclusive employers experience dramatically higher retention rates and enhanced consumer loyalty compared to companies who do not hire people with disabilities. RWA works with businesses of all sizes and across a range of industries. Right across the country, the RWA team has connected hundreds of job seekers to employment opportunities across all sectors.

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).

Fidn your local database here:

Job seekers on the autism spectrum who live in the Greater Toronto Area are encouraged to create a profile on the database here.

Job seekers on the autism spectrum who live in the Metro Vancouver Area are encouraged to create a profile on the database here.

Job seekers on the autism spectrum who live in the Halifax, Dartmouth or Surrounding Area are encouraged to create a profile on the database here.