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Pilot Project Trains Adults with Autism for Information Technology Jobs

July 28, 2014


(July 28, 2014) -- A pilot project has been started to help train and find jobs for individuals with autism in Calgary, Canada. The federal government in Canada recently gave a 150,000 grant to the Sinneave Family Foundation and Autism Calgary’s not-for-profit organization, Meticulon, to start the project.

The Western Economic Diversification office in Canada predicts that Canadian employers will need to hire over 106,000 IT workers in 2016. The pilot project hopes that they will be able to help young adults with autism find jobs in this area when this happens. Currently in Canada only 20 percent of individuals with autism are employed. The project plans to run for one full year.