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.
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.
Government Supports and Information
Employability Assistance for People with Disabilities (EAPD) offers a wide range of employment focused services to assist adults with disabilities in preparing for, obtaining and maintaining employment. This can include, vocational assessment, funding for goal-related education and training, and links to the supported employment sector. Learn more by clicking on the link.
The Employment and Income Assistance Program (EIA) provides financial help to Manitobans who have no other way to support themselves or their families. This includes benefits from the Rent Assist Program that helps with housing costs. For people who are able to work, EIA will help them go back to work by providing supports to employment. Learn more by clicking this link.
Through Supported Employment program, funded by the province of Manitoba, people with disabilities may be supported to search for, acquire and maintain a job. The Manitoba Supported Employment Network website provides information for educators, employers and job seekers and lists organizations that provide information and/or services for supported employment throughout Manitoba. Learn more by clicking
Ready, Willing and Able (RWA) is a national partnership of Inclusion Canada (formerly the Canadian Association for Community Living), Autism Alliance of Canada (formerly Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorders Alliance (CASDA)), and their member organizations. Funded by the Government of Canada, RWA is designed to increase the labour force participation of people with an intellectual disability or on the autism spectrum. Level It Up is proud to partner with RWA as it advances its efforts to increase the employment of skilled autistic job seekers in Manitoba.
Post-Secondary Education and Training in Manitoba and their Student Accessibility Services
Post-secondary programming is often the next step once a student with autism spectrum completes high school. Linking with an academic advisor can be helpful in determining what might be a good fit for your skills, aptitudes and interests and suggesting appropriate academic pathways to reach your goals.
Student Accessibility Services in the post-secondary education and training environment provides support and advocacy for students with disabilities. These challenges can include 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. 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.
Learn more by visiting the websites and campuses of the institutions of interest to you. Please see the list below for some helpful links:
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
Winnipeg Regional Health Authority.
You may also want/need to call the Winnipeg Police Service. Learn more about the
WPS and its Vulnerable Person’s Unit.