Employment Opportunities makes the goal of a real job in the community
one that is possible for people with intellectual disabilities.
This program is designed to support people with intellectual disabilities
as they look for jobs, move to a new career or look ahead to leaving
high school. It also offers services and support to employers and
businesses who have job opportunities. The program is funded through
the government's Department of Learning. Employment Consultants
use a fund called Employability Assistance for People with Disabilities
(EAPD) to bring together prospective employers and people with disabilities
who are looking for work.
High school students and families want to plan for what happens
after graduation. The Association's Employment Consultants also
work with high school educators, students and families to support
the transition of students with intellectual disabilities from high
school into the world of work, further education and adult life
experiences. Consultants work with schools, businesses, employment
programs, funding resources and families to foster partnerships
and to meet the needs of potential employees and employers.
Systemic improvements are necessary to create change. The SACL
has lobbied government for a variety of post-secondary training
programs through community colleges and SIAST campuses so that opportunities
to gain better employment skills exist for people with disabilities.
Currently, options in training and employment are very limited and
the Association wants to change the status quo. Partnerships are
essential to make the best use of expertise and resources. The Association
partners with programs such as the Department of Culture, Youth
and Recreation to develop supported employment experience opportunities
for students while they are still in school.
Employment Consultants are based in Saskatoon, Regina, Moose Jaw
and Prince Albert. To contact the Provincial Coordinator or an Employment
Consultant assigned to your part of the province, call (306) 955-3344,
fax (306) 373-3070 or email [email protected].