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Are you 16 years of age or older, looking for employment or need a little extra support? Autism Nova Scotia, in partnership with Ready, Willing & Able (RWA), has launched The Compass, a Job Seeker Database designed to help build a more inclusive labour force that leverages the skills of autistic people across the province.

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Ages/Life Stage:

16 and up

The Compass: Your first step to getting employment support

To connect with supports, follow the link below to fill out The Compass. The Compass is a short online questionnaire and is the first step in connecting to your local Autism Outreach and Employment Support Coordinator .

You will be asked questions about your employment, education history and your experience with employment services and supports in your community.

It should take about 10 minutes to complete this brief questionnaire. If you would need help completing this questionnaire over the phone, please contact Duncan Gilfillan, Autism Outreach Coordinator atdgilfillan@autismns.ca

After completing the questionnaire, your local Autism Outreach Coordinator will then follow up with you by phone or email to arrange a time to meet (either in-person or virtually) to learn more about your needs and work with you to connect you to post-secondary supports, employment supports, and/or paid employment opportunities in your community.

 

CLICK HERE TO COMPLETE THE COMPASS QUESTIONNAIRE

 

To connect with an Autism Outreach Coordinator in your area see below:

Your local Autism Outreach Coordinator can support you in navigating your path to success. We can help you identify and connect to the supports you may need in the community where you live:  

  • to help you prepare for, and find employment opportunities 
  • to help you be successful in maintaining employment 


Annapolis Valley:  

Emelia Visca|Autism Outreach and Employment Support Coordinator
evisca@autismns.ca

Cape Breton Region:
Garth Potter|Autism Outreach and Employment Support Coordinator 
gpotter@autismns.ca

Halifax/HRM:
Duncan Gilfillan |Autism Outreach Coordinator
dgilfillan@autismns.ca

Truro:
Angela Ettinger|Autism Outreach and Employment Support Coordinator 
aettinger@autismns.ca 

 

Additional Information:

When completing The Compass questionnaire there are a few important considerations that you should know.

  1.  Ready, Willing and Able is a partnership initiative between the Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL) and the Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorders Alliance (CASDA). The program is governed and managed by an executive committee and national team that we refer to as the RWA Program. RWA’s The Compass is owned by CASDA, an Ontario entity. RWA uses Simple Survey as the service provider to host The Compass questionnaire. As such, personal information collected through The Compass is stored with a provider (Simple Survey) in Canada.
  2. By completing this questionnaire, you are acknowledging that you identify as an individual with Autism Spectrum Disorder and consent to sharing this information with CASDA.
  3.  By completing this questionnaire, you will be sharing your contact information with the RWA team and consent to being contacted by a local RWA team member.
  4. By completing this questionnaire, you represent and warrant to us that you are: (a) an individual seeking supports and are not completing the questionnaire on behalf of any other individual without their consent and (b) 16 years of age or older.
  5. All personal information collected will be retained by RWA for the duration of the initiative. Upon formal completion of the initiative, any and all identifying information (including your name and contact information) will be deleted or destroyed.
  6. With your consent, CASDA will collect and use some of the data gathered in this brief questionnaire for research purposes. In collecting this data, RWA aims to develop a better understanding of the current employment and support experiences of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder with the ultimate goal of improving what employment supports are available and how they are delivered to individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Any identifying information (including your name and contact information) will be removed from the research database, making it highly unlikely that researchers, or anyone viewing published research results, could identify you or any other person or employer on the basis of the data. This data would be accessible by the research team approved by Ready, Willing and Able and CASDA, for use in the broader evaluation of the Ready, Willing and Able initiative. The database would not be publicly accessible, nor will anything in it be used for non-research or commercial purposes.

It should take about 10 minutes to complete this brief questionnaire. If you would need help completing this questionnaire over the phone, please contact Duncan Gilfillan, Autism Outreach Coordinator atdgilfillan@autismns

CLICK HERE TO COMPLETE THE COMPASS QUESTIONNAIRE

 

Angela Ettinger | Autism Outreach and Employment Support Coordinator
aettinger@autismns.ca

Angela is the first point of contact for individuals in the Truro region. She connects with job seekers and supports them in connecting to services. Angela also provides direct employment supports to individuals in the Truro area, and facilitates the EmploymentWorks pre-employment program.


Duncan Gilfillan
 | Autism Outreach Coordinator (HRM)
dgilfillan@autismns

Duncan is responsible for being the first point of contact for autistic people seeking employment support in Halifax Regional Municipality. Additionally, Chloe manages the Job Seekers Database and helps refer individuals to appropriate supports.


Emelia Visca
 | Autism Outreach and Employment Support Coordinator
evisca@autismns.ca

Emelia is the first point of contact for individuals in the Annapolis Valley region. She connects with job seekers and supports them in connecting to services. Emelia also provides direct employment supports to individuals in the Annapolis Valley area, and facilitates the EmploymentWorks pre-employment program.


Garth Potter
 | Autism Outreach and Employment Support Coordinator
gpotter@autismns.ca

Garth is responsible for conducting outreach to community partners and acting as the first point of contact for individuals who identify as autistic seeking employment supports. Garth also works with Ready, Willing, and Able to connect job seekers with inclusive hiring opportunities, and provides direct employment supports as needed.

Funded by the Government of Canada, RWA is a national partnership initiative between the Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL) and the Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorders Alliance (CASDA) that is working to increase the labour force participation of people with an intellectual disability or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Contact:

Duncan Gilfillan, Autism Outreach Coordinator


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