Spectrum Advantage

Spectrum Advantage is a community-based pilot project of Autism Calgary that was designed to educate, assist and support individuals (18-30) living on the Spectrum. The pilot period was from May 2014 to September 2015. The initiative aimed to provide participants with a continuum of employment and educational opportunities within the “digital economy” in order for them to gain meaningful and permanent employment positions.

Participants followed a 4 month program providing a four week classroom program that assisted all participants with soft skill development and also included financial assistance to participants.  Following this a three month work experience is arranged in partnership with employers in a variety of industries in Calgary. A wage reimbursement was available to the employers for the 3 months work experience in order to cover the costs of on-boarding and training a new employee. Ongoing job coaching is was available to all our participants on and off the job.

We are happy to announce that the funding for this program has been renewed for a demonstration phase from May 2016 to September 2017. We are actively looking for participants for all cohorts throughout this period. If you are interested in applying please contact Sarah Taylor at Sarah [at] autismcalgary [dot] com

Please feel free to call us for any questions/referrals and of course any presentations you might find useful.

Visit our Project Website

(www.thespectrumadvantage.com/)

We are located in The Ability Hub 3rd Floor, 3820 – 24th Ave NW Calgary T3B 2X9

Contact Information:

Sarah Taylor:  Project Lead / Employment and Retention Specialist

spectrum@autismcalgary.com  403-210-5000 Ext. 2032  

Spectrum Advantage is a Joint Project of Autism Calgary

and the Sinneave Family Foundation

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Autism Calgary does not support, endorse or recommend any method, treatment, product, remedial center, program or person for people with autism or autism related conditions. It does, however, endeavour to inform because it believes in the right to have access to the information available and to make individual choices.

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