First Step To Employment

Autism Services Ottawa serves young people 14 years of age and up
with High Functioning Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome.

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1-Determining interests and identifying appropriate employment options

Before you begin looking for a job, you need to identify your career interests and goals. In this segment of the First Step to Employment, you will complete a social skills assessment, interests quiz, and work environment assessment, to help guide you towards specific careers.

2-Cover letters, resumes and applications

In order to get the job you want, there are a number of tasks for you to complete. Most people have to go through a process in order to get hired for a job. It takes time and hard work to get a job. In this segment of the First Step to Employment, we will support you step-by-step on how to successfully complete these tasks, such as writing a cover letter and resume and completing job applications.

3-Networking and job searching skills

There are many ways to start the job search. This section will introduce some common approaches to finding a job. Once you have narrowed down what type of job you are looking for, we will support you to conduct a comprehensive job search.

4-Interview support and disclosing your Autism

Within this section we will help you determine what you should do before, during and after an interview to make a good impression. We will conduct mock interviews so you will know what to expect and be prepared for your interview. We will also discuss the pros and cons of disclosing your Autism and help you decide whether or not you would like to disclose.

5-Strategies for success in your workplace

Once you have been hired for a job, there are many important things that you need to do to keep that job. Sometimes, people become very unhappy in their jobs because they don’t always know how to manage certain situations. Some people are let go from their jobs because they cannot cope with the job responsibilities and social demands within the work environment. There are many written rules you have to follow at work, but there are also many unwritten rules you must follow in order to be successful in your job. Unwritten rules are social rules that no one tells you about, but you are expected to follow them anyway because everyone else follows those rules. In this section we give you step-by-step instructions and guidelines on many topics to help you keep your job.

6-One on one job coaching support

Once you have secured employment your job coach will help to develop a training strategy which is most suitable for you, your employer and the position. Your job coach will actively train alongside you on the job and will remain available to you, the employer and your co-workers as an on-going resource during your transition into the workplace. As you become more confident in your position, you job coach will begin to fade out their involvement in order to promote independence and integration. However, the job coach will continue to visit you and your employer at the workplace to ensure a positive long-term relationship.

Everyone who completes First Step to Employment will receive a one on one job coach for advice and support with job searching, interviews and job training for a limited time. Should participants require additional follow-up support they may purchase additional time with a job coach.

Everyone may not want to, or be ready to look for competitive employment right away. Some people may want to pursue post-secondary education, work on building additional life skills or gain work experience. Autism Services Ottawa will always do our best to help you with whatever goals you choose to work towards.

Fees for the First Step to Employment sessions can be found on the Program Calendar. One-on-one Job Coach support sessions are $45 per hour.

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