Horizon 21 is a bilingual (English and French), interactive, virtual event bringing together various stakeholders and leaders from around the world to discuss the current state of autism-inclusive hiring practices. The latest research on improving employment outcomes for autistic individuals as well as the current programs and services available in Quebec and Canada will be highlighted. Lived experiences of neurodivergent individuals will be at the forefront of the event and also featured in Navigate the New Normal, a series of interviews that took place during the COVID-19.
Also featured will be a discussion on the results and best practices from Polaris Enterprise, a Giant Steps industry-based Adult Education and Employment program, in partnership with Loblaw Companies Ltd, Wagar Adult Education Centre and the Transforming Autism Care Consortium. A virtual photo exhibit will provide a glimpse into the 9-month program, and share some of key moments.
Polaris Enterprise is a multi-faceted project that includes an industry-based, bilingual, 9-month employment readiness and vocational program to prepare autistic adults or adults with an intellectual disability, aged 21 and older, for general employment as well as for job-specific employment with Loblaw Companies Ltd or a similar industry setting, post-program.
The current cohort is finishing up and we will hear from the various stakeholders on how the program went – lessons learned, challenges, and best practices.