ASD Strategic Fund Projects
Jake’s House is so proud to be a recipient of the Government of Canada’s Autism Spectrum Disorder Strategic Fund. Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) announced six projects it is providing funding to, all of which are designed to support individuals with autism, as well as their families and communities.
The project of ours that PHAC is backing is Jake’s House Employment Mentoring. This is an innovative, adaptable program that supports the integration of young adults with autism into the workforce. Through paid placements at companies in diverse fields, the young adults receive opportunities to develop their confidence, social skills and professional skills, under the guidance of a mentor, and demonstrate their strengths to employers looking to build their teams. As a business solution, this program connects companies with qualified candidates who are often inaccessible through traditional recruitment practices, and provides them with extended periods to assess their competencies and fits; it is a low-risk recruitment strategy that empowers employers to grow strong, diverse workforces.