Worktopia Tidbit = an interesting morsel of information…
Posted: November 1, 2017 in General Autism News
This month’s nibble: Peer Mentor Experiences
We are very excited to start sharing what we are learning so far about the experience of Peer Mentors who have generously volunteered their time in support of the Worktopia programs.
More than 88% of the Peer Mentors surveyed said that the most enjoyable part of volunteering in Worktopia was interacting with the individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), working with them, sharing experiences and getting to know them. They also commented on their own personal growth, noting that working with the participants helped them to develop their leadership and job skills, while gaining experience working as a team.
Worktopia is a unique federally funded initiative that is designed to improve the employment futures of youth and young adults with ASD as they transition from high school to independent adulthood. Program participants are provided with opportunities to develop social, communication and job skills in a wide variety of community and workplace settings, with the aim of increasing future employment success. The Worktopia programs are currently being offered by 12 organizations located in 7 provinces across Canada and include the EmploymentWorks Canada program, the CommunityWorks Canada® program and the SchoolWorks Canada program.
One of the key aims of Worktopia is to use program learnings gathered from across the country to help develop evidence informed practice, influence policy makers and support ongoing research for improved outcomes related to employment and ASD.
For more information about Worktopia, and to learn more about becoming a peer mentor visit www.worktopia.ca.
Worktopia is sponsored by The Sinneave Family Foundation and Autism Speaks Canada, and is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities Program.