Level IT Up consultants have natural abilities which make them better at tasks requiring attention to detail and critical thinking. These innate skills allow them to excel in software testing and quality assurance roles. Our consultants will be among the most honest, loyal and committed people you ever employ, reducing turn-over and training costs.
“The Level IT Up experience is seamless, we had no issues with the application process, the supports that are in place through Level IT Up make that transition absolutely enjoyable.”
Dan Blair, CEO/Founder of Bit Space Development
“I received very useful instructions regarding work etiquette, adjusting resumes, cover letter writing and job interviews.”
Ryan, Level IT Up participant
“The supports that are in place through Level IT Up makes the process enjoyable. The education component is second-to-none.”
Dan Blair, CEO/Founder of Bit Space Development
“Level IT Up helped me refine the skills I already had in order to access employment better.”
Violet, Level IT Up Candidate
“Level IT Up connects businesses with individuals who are on the autism spectrum who have some amazing skills and talents and who really want to be a part of the workforce.”
Level IT Up Board Member
Get To Know Us
All of our Consultants are on the Autism Spectrum, and each one has uniquely powerful abilities that make them precise, exceptional and diligent.
Behind the scenes, our expert Staff ensure that our Consultants and Business Clients are supported through every facet of their employment relationship – Our professional Job Coaches manage every step of the employment relationship and provide you with the tools to successfully integrate these exceptional people into your corporate culture.
Staff Recruitment • Provision of candidate shortlist and supports during the screening and hiring process.
Staff Retention • Transition supports for new and pre-existing staff with ASD, changing roles and responsibilities within a company.
Corporate Consultation • Consultation, evaluation and support for employers related to pre-existing staff with ASD.
Staff Assessment & Training • Assessment and training for pre-existing staff with ASD, followed by a final report with results and actionable recommendations.
Temp Agency/Staff Augmentation Services • Term positions, short term contracts and work trials.
Breakfast and Lunch & Learn Presentations • ‘ASD in the Workplace’ awareness training for employers and staff.
Conference Workshops • Presentations on topics related to ASD in the workplace, the Level IT Up model and process, supporting staff with ASD etc.
Nelson came to Level IT Up as a recent graduate of Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology’s Certificate program in Network and Computer Technology. With his previous work experience in the Geek Squad and as a Courtesy Clerk at Safeway/Sobeys, Nelson no only brought with him the technical skills needed for work in the tech…
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This is a list of resources that provide concrete steps, tips and tools employers will find helpful in recruiting, interviewing, selecting, onboarding and supporting the ongoing learning and development of staff with neurodiversity.
For additional resources related to Autism Spectrum Disorder follow the link below:
Where can I learn more about ASD in the workplace?
Level IT Up can provide workshops to staff and community that are related to ASD and employment. In addition, there are many great resources online and in your local bookstore. Some of these are listed below, but many more are just a click away! It is important to keep in mind that every individual with ASD is unique, and their skills and abilities profile, coupled with their accommodation needs, should be reflected in any employment situation. The onboarding process may take a little longer, but clarified roles, responsibilities and communication pathways have been helpful to others in the workplace when an individual with ASD joins the team.
How has Level IT Up evolved from concept to reality?
The Level IT Up social enterprise concept came out of similar ventures already hard at work in Canada and around the world. Using and adapting business frameworks from Meticulon in Calgary, Mindshift, in Fargo, and many others, an initial business plan for Level IT Up was developed and a feasibility study completed.
With a committed board of directors and the support of many local businesses in Winnipeg’s information and communications technology sector, the model is being tested and the future looks bright.
In time, Level IT Up will further evolve to support a wider range of individuals with neurodevelopmental difference in additional business sectors including, accounting, engineering, science and technology, etc. where their unique advantages (attention to detail, intense focus, excellent rote memory, pattern recognition, etc.) can be used to their greatest advantage.
Who can I speak to to learn more about the Level IT Up business concept?
Contact President Anne Kresta or any one of our board members to learn more about our business concept and how it might benefit you or someone you know.
How does the Accessibility for Manitobans Act and fit in with Level IT Up?
The Accessibility for Manitobans Act (AMA) is a landmark piece of legislation that became law in 2013. It commits to removing barriers to accessibility in the areas of customer service, employment, transportation, information and communication, and the built environment. Standards are being developed to support this legislation with increased public awareness and knowledge of how to support and encourage diversity in all aspects of community life. Level IT Up will serve as a resource for employers to learn how to better accommodate neurodiversity and will also serve as a source of new hires as these businesses diversify their workforces. Learn more +
Below are a series of links, documents and resources. The presence of a link on this website does not necessarily imply that Level IT Up supports, endorses or recommends a method, treatment, product, resource, remedial centre, website or program — nor does the absence of a link imply a that Level IT Up does not support it. If you have a resource to share, please forward using the Contact Us link.
Helpful Organizations and Community Resources
Asperger Manitoba Inc.is committed to ensuring that this support will be available to all people living with Asperger Syndrome. It currently hosts monthly support groups for adults with Asperger Syndrome. Visit their website to learn more.
If you are looking for supports transitioning to adulthood, Asperger Manitoba Inc. and Continuity Care have a great workshop series called Launch into Life. It includes a workbook/resource guide as well as a series of videos covering off topics including:
- Health and Wellbeing
- Independent Living/Living with Independence
- Communication and Social Relationships
- Education and Employment
- Legal and Financial Issues
AMI also acts as a key advisor to Level IT Up.
Manitoba Possible, formerly the Society for Manitobans with Disabilities (SMD), provides programs and services in areas ranging from education and work experience to counselling and therapy programs.Adult Services are focused on creating opportunities and breaking down barriers by providing training and support that enables adults living with a disability to live as independently as possible. 204-975-3257www.manitobapossible.ca
Sara Riel Inc. provides quality services in community supports, housing and employment to persons with mental health challenges through best practices, client choices and partnerships.
SUPPORTED EMPLOYMENT AND THE MANITOBA SUPPORTED EMPLOYMENT NETWORK
Employment Assistance for People with Disabilities, formerly known as Marketabilities, administers a supported employment program.Â Through Supported Employment, people with disabilities have supports to acquire and maintain a job.
The Manitoba Supported Employment Network website provides information for educators, employers and job seekers and a listing of organizations that provide information and/or services for supported employment.
Government Supports and Information
EMPLOYMENT AND INCOME ASSISTANCE FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES
The Employment and Income Assistance Program (EIA) provides financial help to Manitobans who have no other way to support themselves or their families. For people who are able to work, EIA will help them work by providing supports to employment. EIA recipients also get Rent Assist if they need help with their shelter and utility costs. www.gov.mb.ca/fs/eia/
EMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES PROGRAM (EAPD)
Formerly MarketAbilities, this program assists individuals with finding permanent employment(part-time or full-time), offers assessment, career counselling, job search, job maintenance, workshops, skill development, employer connections, 1:1 support and more. www.gov.mb.ca/eapd/
INFORMATION FOR MANITOBANS WITH DISABILITIES
This web-based tool will help you find information on the services available for people with disabilities in Manitoba. The information is organized into user-friendly fact sheets that answer the most commonly asked service questions raised by individuals with disabilities, their families, care givers and service providers. www.gov.mb.ca/fs/imd
Post-Secondary Education Information and Supports
MANITOBA INSTITUTE FOR TRADE AND TECHNOLOGY
MITT offers High school and post-secondary education and training in both full-time and part-time programs. MITT is dedicated to supporting students in a practical and effective manner to access trades and technical training leading to employment. This includes individualized accessibility services, embedded employability skills in all programs, and direct links to industry employment opportunities. www.mitt.ca
STUDENT ACCESSIBILITY SERVICES
Student Accessibility Services provides support and advocacy for students with disabilities such as: hearing, injury-related, learning, mental health, medical, physical, visual or temporary disabilities. They act as a liaison between students and the faculty and staff of the post-secondary institution as well as service agencies within the province of Manitoba. Accommodations and programs are offered to support students and students must be recommended and verified by a registered health professional. Student Accessibility Services offers support and accommodations based on a student’s individual needs and the academic standards of the post-secondary program. These may include:
• providing supports and programs that recognize our diverse student environment;
• promoting partnerships between students, faculty and staff; and
• educating the university community about accessibility.
When you are unsure of how to handle a situation where there is risk to self or others, it is important to understand where the behaviour is coming from and if there are strategies in place to help you work through it.Contact your supervisor or HR department to learn more.If you or a colleague are familiar with Mental Health First Aid, use those strategies to work through the challenge.
In Winnipeg, there is a mobile crisis response service available through the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority. You can learn more about it here.
You may also want/need to call the Winnipeg Police Service. Learn more about the WPS and its Vulnerable Person’s Unit, here.
Part 1: ASD 101
Part 2: ASD on the job
Check out this great series of video and print resources for adults with ASD in Manitoba