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Youth employment programs

We help youth with disabilities connect with early work opportunities

Youth at work

We help youth with disabilities connect with early work opportunities such as volunteering, co-op and paid employment. Check out our experience-based life skills programs and other employment services.

For Youth

Holland Bloorview's volunteering and employment programs for youth

First point of contact for all programs: Information & Application Session

VolunteerABLE (Fall/Winter) or Youth@Work (Summer): Complete volunteer work placements with Holland Bloorview and earn volunteer hours. A job coach supports you to learn your roles and reach your goals. You meet other participants for life skills and career development workshops. 

Leading the Way: Do your high-school co-operative education placement or post-secondary fieldwork placement at Holland Bloorview. Includes coaching to support you with your goals, work life skill building and career development. (For current or former clients of Holland Bloorview who face barriers in finding suitable, accessible positions due to physical, learning and/or developmental disabilities.)

Employment Action Coaching: If your goal is to start to volunteer or work, you will learn about how to job search,  make an action plan, and work with an advisor towards your goal. 

Ready to Work: Holland Bloorview job coaches help you connect with a Toronto employer and get you started in your paid summer job. (For youth who want a summer job and have participated in one VolunteerABLE or Youth@Work or Leading the Way and Employment Action Coaching. Youth must apply, interview and demonstrate commitment to job search activities and be available for summer work.)

Personal consultation: Meet an occupational therapist or life skills coach to talk about your employment goal.

External resources

For Employers

External Resources

  • Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work (CCRW): Promotes and supports meaningful and equitable employment of people with disabilities. Offers a range of resources  and services for employers.
  • CivicAction: Roadmap for youth-inclusive hiring.
  • Discoverability:  A free online portal for employers with a 6-step guide for employers about hiring—and retaining—employees with disabilities.
  • Hire for Talent: Free employer toolkit - leverage the talent of people with disabilities.
  • Magnet: A free platform that matches employers with candidates who have the education and/or work experience you need.
  • Ontario Disability Employment Network (ODEN): Provides resources, strategic consultation services and information about the business case for hiring individuals with disabilities.
  • Ready, Willing & Able: Supports you with resources, consultation, and answers to your questions about the modern inclusive workforce.
  • RWA Works: A free resource hub providing the know-how and resources to support businesses in hiring employees with an intellectual disability or autism spectrum disorder.

Our employment programs and services are part of the Transitions, Recreation, and Life Skills services at Holland Bloorview and are linked to our organization’s strategy to support transitions to adult life. All of our employment programs are supported by donations to the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation. Capital One supports our Youth@Work and Ready to Work programs.



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Mathias Castaldo or Carolyn McDougall
Virtual Programming

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To better connect with you, we are now offering a number of programs in a virtual environment. Contact us to learn more!