Nfld. & Labrador

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.
The job seeker database will help those on the autism spectrum in Newfoundland and Labrador better find employment. (Eugenio Marongiu/Shutterstock)

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.

The Autism Society of Newfoundland and Labrador, in partnership with Ready Willing and Able, launched the job seekers database on Friday. (Autism Society of N.L.)

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."


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