What is The Inclusive Workplace?
The Inclusive Workplace is a resource for businesses, job seekers and workers who are on the autism spectrum or have an intellectual disability, and employment agencies. It promotes building inclusive workplaces by helping:
- Businesses learn about and connect to resources to help them be more inclusive and accessible;
- People on the autism spectrum or with an intellectual disability learn about how to find and keep good jobs;
- Employment agencies in their work supporting job seekers and clients.
This website was launched to create a hub for information that will help job seekers and employees, companies, and support agencies. It was first launched to help them adapt and respond to COVID-19. In many ways, the changes that happened to respond to COVID-19 showed how workplaces needed to be and could be more accessible and inclusive. Many companies had to support their employees working from home. As restrictions eased, many companies had to re-think how they were recruiting, hiring and retaining employees. Business is changing, and more-and-more companies understand that hiring inclusively makes them more resilient, productive and sustainable. The Inclusive Workplace is here to help with these new and emerging changes.
The site was launched by Inclusion Canada and The Autism Alliance of Canada in 2021. It is made possible by generous support from the Government of Canada.
About Our Name
“The Inclusive Workplace” is not just a name. It’s a vision for the near future.
Our vision includes:
- Businesses that embrace inclusive hiring
- Workplaces where employees on the autism spectrum or who have an intellectual disability work alongside employees without disabilities
- Employment agencies that are equipped to provide innovative, flexible supports
We are working to make this vision real. We provide up-to-date resources and training to help:
- Job seekers and employees to find and keep good jobs
- Businesses to learn why they should hire autistic workers and workers with an intellectual disability, and how to do it
- Employment agencies to support job seekers and employees reach their employment goals
Together, we can make this vision a reality.