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Labour Market Facilitation & Employer Engagement

Autism Nova Scotia's Labour Market Facilitators build relationships and partnerships with employers and employment agencies, and help employers connect their specific labour needs to a ready, willing, and able workforce.


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Educating Employers on the Business Case for Inclusive Employment

Autism Nova Scotia is pleased to have staff devoted to educating employers on the business benefits of employing Autistic individuals, and to helping businesses connect to and develop the labour supply pipelines that diversify their workforces while building stronger, more resilient and more profitable businesses.

As a partner in the national reaching Ready, Willing and Able program, our staff have connected employers in a variety of industries and sectors to a diverse labour pool, and have facilitated dozens of hires.

Our RWA team is available for general education sessions to groups and for firm level meetings to outline the steps an employer can take to becoming a more profitable business through inclusive hiring.

About RWA:

Ready, Willing and Able (RWA) is a national partnership active in more than 20 communities across the country. RWA is designed to help employers discover the business case for inclusive employment of people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or an intellectual disability. 

In today’s hyper-competitive business environment, the difference between success and failure lies in the talent and diverse skill set of your workforce. There are approximately 500,000 working age adults with intellectual disabilities or ASD. This untapped workforce can help address current labour shortages while making businesses stronger, more diverse and more productive.

As a national strategy to develop inclusive and effective labour markets, RWA will:

  • Connect and support employers, persons with intellectual disabilities or ASD and local, provincial and national community agencies
  • Promote understanding and awareness among employers and the general public as to the business value of hiring people with intellectual disabilities or ASD
  • Complement and enhance the capacity of community employment service delivery organizations by connecting them to new employer demand

RWA provides:

  • Information about why hiring a person with an intellectual disability or ASD is good for business
  • Individualized assistance to help you become a more inclusive employer
  • Assistance in identifying persons with an intellectual disability or ASD to address labour force needs in your company
  • Disability awareness information for your current employees
  • Direct connections to community agencies who provide employment-related services and supports to persons with intellectual disabilities or ASD
  • Individual on-the-job support for the employee to do their job effectively, including disability related accommodations if necessary
  • Connections to other employers who have hired individuals with intellectual disabilities or ASD
  • Connections to available research, best practice and expertise in the field of inclusive labour markets


Omar Youssef, Labour Market Facilitator

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