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Ready, Willing & Able: the numbers so far

One of the primary goals of Ready, Willing and Able (RWA) is to increase the employment rate of people with intellectual disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) by engaging employers and raising awareness about the value of hiring people with disabilities.

The Ready, Willing and Able (RWA) program has moved into its second year with the national program rolled out in 20 primary RWA communities across the country. Across Canada, the employer engagement efforts have been highly successful and are being met with much interest and support from many employers.

As of the end of RWA’s most recent reporting quarter (ending September 30, 2015), the program and employment agency partners have resulted in over 400 new employment opportunities nationally. This means that over 400 Canadians with an intellectual disability or ASD have entered the competitive labour force, and are earning a real wage, many for the first time! Also of significant note, are the national partnerships the program has built with Costco, Home Depot, Value Village, Sodexo, and Holloway Holdings.

In BC, RWA has engaged engaged with 208 Employers, had 62 Employment Outcomes and 5 Post-Secondary Outcomes. An additional 22 employers have been committed to be hired. Learn more about RWA and the exciting work here: http://www.readywillingable.ca

The RWA National Team: