Ready Willing & Able
Message from CASDA Chair and CACL President
It is so much more than just having a job. It is a critical step to leading a fulfilling life for any adult. It is a chance to create the life you want. A job builds self-esteem, gives us a sense of accomplishment, participation, contribution, and enables the creation of friendships and relationships.
Sadly, for more than 500,000 working aged Canadians with intellectual disabilities or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), a meaningful job is not part of their reality. Only 1 in 4 persons with intellectual disabilities or ASD are gainfully employed. Most spend their days with little community contact in segregated work or day activity centers. Their reality is a life of reliance on social assistance benefits, more often than not resulting in a life of isolation and poverty.
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