Community Event

Employment Participation Programs - Info and application sessions for youth and parents

Many teens with disabilities want to participate in the world of work. High school students often start by doing chores, volunteering, taking co op and getting part time or summer jobs.

Do you have questions about how to get started or are you looking for support? Join us to learn more.

Holland Bloorview’s employment participation programs

Who’s invited: Youth

  • Living with a disability who want to start to build work experience
  • In high-school - grades 9, 10, 11 or 12
  • Have questions about how to start or are looking for support


Date options:
Option 1: Saturday, January 25, 2020 from 1:00 - 2:30pm
Option 2: Saturday, February 22, 2020 from 10:00 - 11:30am

You must attend 1 of the 2 date options if you are new to our employment service in the 2019/20 school year. Application forms will be available at the session. Youth and a parent (or other family member) must attend the Information Session together. 

Session overview:

  • Why early work experience is important and how it helps – hear from Youth Mentors
  • What programs/services are available to support you – see flyer
  • Youth: Participate in a work experience activity
  • Parents: Parent Q&A session
  • Program application form available (if you wish to join our programs)

After attending this session and if you complete an application form, we will contact you to arrange for a personal discussion (phone or in person) about your goals and our recommendations for programs or services to support you. Please view our flyer (link below) for further information.

RSVP to:
Carling Robertson
416-425-6220 Ext 6345

 If you are interested in our Leading the Way co op program and are already registered for co op in semester 2, please contact us by December 2019 to arrange a separate meeting.


1. Our programs are open to youth who have a physical and/or intellectual disability and/or an autism spectrum disorder. We also support youth who may have mental health challenges in addition to their physical or intellectual disability.

2. During high school, if not already a client of Holland Bloorview, youth with disabilities listed above can join our experience programs. Past clients of Holland Bloorview who are now in post-secondary education may be eligible for some programs and/or consultation services. If you are an eligible post-secondary student with employment goals, you can contact us to arrange an appointment.

3. We provide attendant services in many our group programs and job coaching but not 1:1 support for medical or behavioural needs. If needed, it is the participant’s responsibility to schedule and pay for their own 1:1 assistance. We request that 1:1 support be provided by a non-family member.

4. There are fees for most programs but financial assistance may be available.