New database launched to help those with autism find work
People with autism in Newfoundland and Labrador now have a new way of finding employment.
A new job seekers database was announced on Friday. It will connect people with an autism diagnosis to employers looking for workers.
The program was developed by the provincial autism society and Ready Willing and Able; a partnership which works to find jobs for those with intellectual disabilities and autism.
To be included in the database, candidates have to go online and fill out an application, which will then allow groups and businesses to access their profile and possibly contact them for work.
It's estimated that, across Canada, only one in four adults with intellectual disabilities or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are employed — out of 500,000.
Scott Crocker, executive director of the Autism Society, hopes the new database will help connect those looking for work with organizations that need employees.
"Many individuals with ASD want to earn a living through paid employment that matches their skills and interests," he wrote in a statement.
"This database will allow us to support individuals who face the additional barriers of landing a job because of their autism."