Real Stories

Here are real stories of people across Canada who are on the autism spectrum or have an intellectual disability. 


Learn about their lives, at work and at home.

Meet Nicholas

Nicholas Damato (30) is the host of “Navigate the New Normal,” interviews during COVID-19 with people who are …

Meet Kenza

Kenza Deschenes-Kherchi (29) talks about her social life during COVID-19, including relationships with her boyfrie…

Meet Robert

At the government office where Robert Clermont (55) works, his managers and colleagues value his attention to detail.…

Meet Pierre

Pierre Quenneville (63) is learning key skills through a bilingual job readiness program for people who are on the aut…

Meet Geneviève

Geneviève Major-Landry (40)  talks about her journey to self-discovery and self-acceptance, a proce…

Meet Kelly

Kelly Johnson (40) learned that she was on the autism spectrum when she was in her early 30s. She now has her own …

Meet Ismaël

A new employment program for people who are on the autism spectrum or have an intellectual disability is helping Isma…

Introducing the Autistic Voices Project

An overview of the Autistic Voices Project (AVP), a lived-experience project highlighting the barriers and opportunit…

Feeling Supported During COVID-19

Autistic Canadians talk about their managers, job coaches, and other sources of support during COVID-19. P…

How COVID-19 has Impacted Job Seekers and Employees

Autistic Canadians who are looking for jobs or working talk about the impacts of COVID-19. Part of the Autistic Voices Pr…

Finding a Job During COVID-19

Autistic Canadians talk about how COVID-19 has affected their job prospects. Part of the Autistic Voices Pr…

New Employment Opportunities During COVID-19

Autistic Canadians talk about job-related opportunities and changes during COVID-19. Part of the Autistic  V…

The Mental Health Impacts of COVID-19

Autistic Canadians talk about how COVID-19 has affected their mental health. Part of the Autistic  Voice…

Advice and Closing Remarks

Words of encouragement and advice from autistic Canadians for job seekers and employers. Part of the Autistic Voic…

Meet Michel

Michel Vienneau (33) graduated from school and found a job in 2020 during COVID-19. He now works in early child…
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