Project Relay is one of four pillars of the Employment Recovery Project, an initiative aimed at improving workplace inclusion for persons on the autism spectrum or with an intellectual disability through addressing critical hiring and support needs that have emerged in response to COVID-19.
In particular, the delivery of employment services and supports to job seekers and employees on the autism spectrum or with an intellectual disability has been profoundly impacted. Physical distancing and other health and safety protocols have challenged traditional methods of providing in-person and on-site supports such as job coaching. Employment agencies across the country have had to pivot service delivery in order to meet new demands.
But what tools, technologies, solutions and approaches work best?
This is where Project Relay comes in. Offered in 6 communities across the country, Project Relay aims to:
- Drive the development and application of innovative methods of supporting job seekers and employees on the autism spectrum or with an intellectual disability in finding and maintaining employment in the context of COVID-19 e.g. virtual job coaching, use of accessible technology.
- Build employment agency capacity to effectively implement innovative approaches and digital solutions to employment services and supports
- Develop a virtual community of practice among employment service providers
Each virtual community of practice is comprised of a “hub team” and participants from across the participating 6 provinces.
The Employment Recovery Project is delivered by Inclusion Canada (formerly the Canadian Association for Community Living) and the Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorder Alliance (CASDA) and works in collaboration with Ready, Willing and Able.
P.O. Box 21157
St. John's, NL
Canada A1A 5B2