Adults with autism often struggle to gain employment after high school. LaunchPad is a comprehensive program that teaches the skills needed to enter the workforce. While we support our participants through real-life work experience and classroom lessons, our Regional Autism Coordinator creates connections with employers to develop jobs. See our blog for more insight into the daily activities of our participants.
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Learning about important topics such as financial literacy, professionalism, career exploration, and First Aid/CPR
The LaunchPad program works in partnership with Ready, Willing & Able (RWA), a federally funded program, each participant becomes a part of the RWA Job Seekers Database. Information on the database remains confidential. RWA can also help provide financial supports for workplace adaptations.
Lessons take place 3 days per week from Wednesday to Friday, from 9:30am - 11:30am.
Topics include (but are not limited to):
- Social Skills
- Customer Service
- Financial Literacy
In addition to the classroom component of LaunchPad, participants will also work on individual employment goals in a weekly one-to-one sessions outside of the classroom group setting.
The Pearl is a social enterprise that has gained the reputation for high quality, affordable jewellery made by people with autism, their friends and families. Participants learn how to make products, manage quality control, package retail orders, and be a part of the Promise team. Customer service experience takes place at the Halifax Seaport Market and various craft events.
Volunteerings is also an important component of any resume, therefore a core part of LaunchPad is experiencing various volunteer opportunities during the program. These opportunities will allow participants to understand why and how to volunteer, as well as provide more experience to draw upon for their resumes and interviews.
In addition to weekly classroom sessions, one weekend shift is scheduled for each participant at the market.
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