Increased Funding Put Towards Job Training for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities and with ASD
On Tuesday, February 11th, 2014, Canadian 2014 federal budget announced $26.4 million for job training programs for people with intellectual disabilities. This money is to be used over the next four years to expand two programs that connect people who have intellectual disabilities with employers. Currently there are some very effective, albeit small, programs for individuals with intellectual disabilities to move into the workforce. With this newly allotted money, these existing programs can be expanded.
$11.4 million dollars was committed to occupational training for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). It is important to provide funding for job training for individuals with ASD because of the large proportion of the population who are leaving school and indeed looking for work.