In Manitoba we have two key websites for people with autism spectrum disorder and their families to explore across the lifespan.  These include:

  1. The Autism Spectrum Disorder Manitoba webportal
  2. Information for Manitobans with Disabilities

Some Great Online Videos

Michael McCreary: "Autism: See the Potential." 

TED Talks:

Useful Websites and Articles related to ASD and Employment

Asperger Experts 

Autism Spectrum Disorders Manitoba (www.asdmb.ca) webportal.

An Autistic View of Employment

The Ability Hub, Calgary, Alberta

The Autism Job Club: The Neurodiverse Workforce in the New Normal of Employment, by Michael S.Bernick and Richard Holden, Skyhorse Publishing, 2015

The Hidden Curriculum of Getting and Keeping a Job: Navigating the Social Landscape of Employment, by Brenda Smith Myles, Judy Endow, Malcolm Mayfield, AAPC Publishing, 2013

Employment Matters - a documentary by Brandy Yanchyk on inclusive hiring for people with intellectual disabilities.

News Story: One in Three Young Adults with Autism Disconnected from Work and School, 2015

National Autism Indicators Report: Transition into Young Adulthood, Life Course Outcomes Research Program, A.J. Drexel Autism Institute, Drexel University, 2015

Ready, Willing and Able, a national initiative increasing labour market participation of individuals with ASD and intellectual disabilities in Canada

Resources for Youth and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their Families

Information for Manitobans with Disabilities, a series of webpages published by Government of Manitoba compiling information about resources and supports for people with disabilities and their families

7 Steps for Success: High School to College Transition Strategies for Students with Disabilities, by Elizabeth C. Hamlet, 2011

30 Ways to Shine as a New Employee, by Denise Bissonnette, 2009

Getting Hired: A Primer for Individuals with Aspergers and NLD, by Barbara Bissonnette, Forward Motion Coaching, 2015

Good to Go: A Practical Guide to Adulthood, by Sharon McKay and Kim Zarzour, 2008

Helping Youth Develop Soft Skills for Job Success, a series of podcasts broadcast by National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth, United States Department of Labour.

How Rude! The Teenager's Guide to Good Manners, Proper Behaviour and Not Grossing People Out, Alex J. Packer, PhD, 1997

Life Skills 101: A Practical Guide to Leaving Home and Living on Your Own, Tina Pestalozzi, 2010

Living Well on the Spectrum, by Valerie L. Gaus, 2011

Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity, by Steve Silverman, 2015

The Complete Guide to Asperger Syndrome, by Tony Attwood, PhD, 2013

Preparing for Life: The Complete Guide for Transitioning to Adulthood for those with Autism and Asperger’s, by Jed Baker, PhD, 2006

Set Your Course - a website designed to help high school students and young adults see what education and training they need to get their dream job.

Programs within Manitoba aimed at increasing employment and independent living skills among individuals with disabilities:

Asset Building Programs through SEED Winnipeg

Canadian Mental Health Association - Winnipeg: Employment with Supports Program

Community Futures Manitoba (rural and northern) -Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program

Government of Manitoba Career Development Resources

Government of Manitoba Job Preparation Resources

Government of Manitoba MarketAbilities Program - offers a wide range of employment focused services to assist adults with disabilities in preparing for, obtaining and maintaining employment.

Manitoba Supported Employment services - helping Manitobans with disabilities find employment

STEP ServicesSTEP Services is the official student employment placement service for the Government of Manitoba.  Eligible students can find full and part-time jobs with government departments, agencies, and Crown corporations throughout the year in various locations across the province.

Additional Resources:

Antidepressant Skills Workbooks - Developed in BC, these workbooks provide step-by-step help in recognizing and managing mild, moderate and severe depression both at home and on the job.  They workbooks are free to download and there are multiple media versions for use on their website.  

Essential Study Skills: A Guide to Success - from Algonquin College in Ottawa, this interactive website provides tips on time management, stress management, studying and test-taking, reading and note-taking, and presentation skills.

Professionalism: an attitude and a way of life - article from Winnipeg Free Press, January 2017