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CommunityWorks

CommunityWorks Canada is an after school pre-employment program for teens and young adults with ASD who are attending high school. Working alongside peer mentors, participants take part in various volunteer opportunities throughout HRM, where they will have the chance to develop social, communication, résumé-building, and other pre-employment skills. Through exposure to a number of different volunteer environments and job tasks, participants may also gain insight into which potential careers are most interesting, motivating and rewarding to them. In addition, CommunityWorks aims to foster a greater awareness for ASD in the community, showing community partners the benefits of hiring individuals on the spectrum.

The program is designed to target both individual and group goals. Individual goals will address social communication and soft skills related to employment, and are selected based on observation, evaluation tools, and parent and client input. Group goals will consist of areas of development common to all participants, including personal presentation, transitions, engagement, level of effort and quality of work. Evaluation tools are used to assess the effectiveness of the program and participant goals.

Eligibility criteria for CommunityWorks Canada include:
  • Formal diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Age 15-21 and attending high school
  • Valid Social Insurance Number
When:
  • The next cycle of CommunityWorks will begin in January, 2017. Max 6 participants.
  • Accepting referrals now.       
 
The following is what a typical CommunityWorks session might look like:
TimeTask
4:30 – 4:40Sign in and schedule review
4:40 – 5:20Work task activities
5:20 – 5:40Break
5:40 – 5:50Social activity (small group)
5:50 – 6:30Work task activities
6:30 – 6:50Social activity (large group)
6:50 – 7:00Sign out/debrief
 
Applications and information:
  • If you’d like to participate in CommunityWorks, please contact Jamie-Lynn Hill, Clinical Supervisor, at 902.593.1015 or email jhill@autismns.ca for more information.