Employment and Transitions
Inclusion Saskatchewan's Employment and Transition Facilitators (ETFs) help individuals with intellectual disabilities find community employment, support for post-secondary education, and to make the transition from student to adult life. Funded by Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Economy, the ETFs travel to schools and communities throughout the province building positive working relationships with families, schools, employers, and other community-based organizations.
Who We Support
At Inclusion Saskatchewan we use the term intellectual disability, which is in alignment with our national partner, Inclusion Canada. We use intellectual disability as an umbrella term and support people with clinical diagnoses of intellectual and developmental disabilities, and also support people who identify as neurodivergent. This means that we support autistic people as well as people with FASD and ADHD. We may have limitations on how much support we can provide based on the funding we receive and the resources available to people in the community.
Student & Adult Employment
Inclusion Saskatchewan's Student & Adult Employment program is about assisting individuals to find real work for real pay. ETFs support individuals in their search for employment by:
• Working with employers and providing information on disability.
• Offering practical tools to help the student create a successful bridge to employment.
• Acting as liaison for funding for job coaching or other disability related costs.
• Attending interviews and providing disability information to employers and businesses.
• Providing job maintenance support when necessary.
Inclusion Saskatchewan’s transition planning service is designed to help any individual transition successfully out of high school and into adult life. We start the transitioning planning process as early as age 15, primarily focusing on advising individuals on how best to navigate a transition, making referrals and connections to other community-based organizations, and providing tools and resources for transition planning.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: When do we start planning and how often do we meet?
A: We like to start meeting students and families at the age of 15. It can take years to come up with well prepared plans. We meet as often as needed.
Q: Who is involved in a transition meeting?
A: The student we are helping plan for, the family, an advocate, a CLSD worker, an ETF, a family service worker, and/or an Autism Consultant.
Q: Does Inclusion Saskatchewan provide funds for transportation?
A: While we recognize that transportation is often a barrier to employment, the ET program does not provide support dollars for transportation.
Q: Who is responsible for organizing meetings and where are they held?
A: Typically the meetings are held at the school. The school/teacher/resource teacher is responsible for setting up the meeting.
Q: What employment supports are available?
A: We offer job coaching supports as well as business coach supports for entrepreneurs. If someone needs an accommodation to be able to do their job and be successful we can also provide funds to purchase technical devices.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, we have adapted our presentations so they can be easily accessible to all individuals and professionals. These webinars will give you insights into many areas including Inclusive Employment, Transition
Planning, Work Experience and Job Coaching, Writing Resumes, and Inclusive Education.
Problem Solving at Work
Join our Employment & Transitions Facilitators as well as Self-Advocate Aiden for a webinar focused on problem solving the workplace. This webinar provides information, tips, and tools in areas such as conflict management, workplace and personal stress management, fear and anxiety on the job, relationship building, communication, boundaries, and criticism. Download the Problem Solving at Work resources here.
Resumes, Cover Letters, and Interviews
Join our Employment & Transitions Facilitators for a webinar focused on writing resumes and preparing for interviews. This webinar provides information, tips, and tools in areas such as writing resumés & cover letters, getting letters of reference, building portfolios, searching for and keeping a job. Download the Resumes, Cover Letters, and Interviews resources here.
Tools for Work Experience and Job Coaching
Join our Manager of Employment & Transitions for a webinar focused on getting work experience and working with job coaches. This webinar will give job coaches the skills and important tips to be a great job coach and it will also give students, teachers, parent’s and other professionals information and tips on how to conduct a meaningful work experience. Download the Work Experience and Job Coaching resources here.
Transitional Planning for Teachers
Join our Education & Transition Facilitators for a webinar about the many steps to a successful transition plan for students with disabilities. Learn what a successful transition plan looks like and about what tools and supports can be accessed to assist in this process. Download the Transitional Planning for Teachers resources here.
Supporting Inclusive Education Presentation - October 29, 2021
Join our Manager of Employment & Transitions Sheila Anderson and Inclusion Consultant (PA & Northern Sask) Brittany Sauve for a webinar about the importance of Inclusive Education. Learn about our tips, resources, and strategies for supporting Inclusive Education in the classroom and at home.
For more information, please contact one of our ETFs.
Manager of Employment and Transitions - Saskatoon
(306) 955-3344 ext. 122
Employment and Transition Facilitator - Saskatoon
(306) 955-3344 ext. 115
Employment and Transition Facilitator - Regina