Autism Edmonton is the city’s oldest non-profit organization dedicated to serving the autistic community. Along with the creation of a new housing support program, expanding mental health supports, and a return to pre-pandemic social activity schedules for autistic children, youth, and adults, Autism Edmonton also launched the E3 (Empower, Educate, Employ) Employment Program in 2022.
The program helps prepare individuals on the autism spectrum for employment through digital upskilling, interview preparation and mentorship, while also building connections with prospective employers for the benefit of informing them of the possibilities that come with hiring neurodiverse staff.
Janae Mercier was one of the first E3 program graduates. Now working for the Government of Canada’s Public Service and Procurement department, Janae lists E3 as one of the reasons she was able to find her new position.
“I would recommend the employment program to anyone on the spectrum. It helped in a few different areas of my career planning, plus I was able to be challenged setting goals, [developing] financial literacy, and building community. I am looking forward to what’s to come in my future employment endeavours. I would say to anyone considering signing up to go ahead and do it. You will love it!”
CIBC Foundation is proud to support Autism Edmonton through a $20,000 grant to help expand the E3 Employment Program and its capacity to partner with prospective employers.
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