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A partnership between CACL and CASDA, the Ready, Willing & Able initiative has achieved another round of excellent results in the third quarter of 2016: 177 employment outcomes (including full-time and part-time jobs, self-employment opportunities, and post-secondary opportunities) have been reached in this three month period.
Since the program began in 2014, over 1160 employment opportunities have been filled by persons with intellectual disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), including many positions with national employers such as Costco, Home Depot, Purolator, Sodexo, and Value Village.
The RWA team, consisting of over 25 staff in communities across the country, has also received initial results from a comprehensive survey of RWA employers, via a research process led by the Centre for Inclusion and Citizenship at the University of British Columbia as part its formal evaluation. The survey reached over 200 employers engaged in the RWA initiative across the country, with an impressive response rate.
Some of the primary findings include:
Employers who are hiring via RWA are saying – RWA is more than the right thing to do, it’s the smart thing to do!
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