The Autism CanTech! Program has robust supports for companies that would like to hire Autistic professionals.

Host an Autism CanTech! Work Placement

Our program works directly with employer-partners to advance inclusion and accessibility in their workplace. Employers gain entry-level employees with unique perspectives, and the supports that they need to enhance accessibility and inclusion in the workplace.

A key component of the Autism CanTech! program is Work-Integrated Learning or WIL. WIL provides program participants with the opportunity to apply their classroom learning to real world work experiences. By signing-up to be an employer-partner, organizations will receive supports in the use of the RoboCoach assistive technology, work experience preparation through a 5-hr training program designed specifically for employers, and assistance in creating accessible and inclusive workplaces.

In this two-month program, participants of the work experience are paid by the Autism CanTech! program and not by the employer-partner. Employer-partners, play an integral role in the career development of participants by providing valuable workplace experience and in turn, employer-partners will gain motivated participants with technical skills, employability skills, and unique perspectives.

The Autism CanTech! work experience encompasses two months of work (200 hours), typically 5 hours/day. Work experiences are available at various times throughout the year. To learn more about becoming an employer-partner, please fill out the expression of interest form. Or, you can contact the our Employer Engagement Coordinators, Cheryl Wang, at Cheryl@autismcantech.ca or Tara Langan, at Tara@autismcantech.ca - 1.833.405.9919.

Employ Autism CanTech! Graduates

After the two-month work placement, employers can hire Autism CanTech! participants. Companies who hire Autism CanTech! participants will benefit from ACT! Centre programming and Career Coach support provided to the employee for up to 6 months.

At the ACT! Centre, employers will have the opportunity to access workshops, skills development, mentorship programming, peer networks, and larger community connections. Employers will also have access to support services on how to use assistive technology, inclusive employment practices, and enhancing accessibility and inclusion in the workplace.

ACT! is an impressive, innovative program. Currently we are hosting one of its grads for his practicum, and he is very organized, has impressive tech skills, and a greay personality. We're so glad that we have hsoted him for his practicum. We applaud your work in preparing him.

Noha El Husseini,
Constructing Futures
Program, EMCN

NorQuest College
Edmonton Campus

10230 108 St NW
Edmonton, AB T5J 4Z7
contact@autismcantech.ca
1.833.405.9919

Douglas College
New Westminster campus

700 Royal Avenue 
New Westminster, BC V3M 5Z5 
778.628.5823 

Humber College
North Campus

205 Humber College Blvd,
Toronto, ON  M9W 5L7
416.795.5561

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Treaty Acknowledgement

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The ACT! Program is honoured to teach and learn across many traditional and treaty lands including the unceded territories of the Coast Salish Peoples of the QayQayt (KuhKite) and Kwikwetlem First Nations to the West; through the treatied lands and traditional territories of the Nehiyawak, Dene, Stoney Nakoda, Nakota Sioux, Tsuutina, Annishnabe, Metis, and Inuit; all the way to the traditional lands of the Mississaugas of the Credit in the Place of the Alders along the Humber River Watershed in the East. The Autism CanTech! Team is dedicated to ensuring that Indigenous voice is centered, honoured and respected. In this spirit, we invite you to reflect on your relationship to the lands on which you are currently located, and take action for positive change in your community in this time of reconciliation.