WAVE – Work and Volunteer Experience


Mission Statement:  To raise awareness and realize the potential of adults with autism in the workplace


WAVE (Work and Volunteer Experience) is a new program for adults with autism.  Founded by Dovercourt Recreation Association (DRA) and funded by Unity for Autism, WAVE staff  endeavour to find work and volunteer placements for adults with autism in the Ottawa area, and support them with the help of job coaches.  The goal of the program in part, is for placements to lead to part time paid employment. The WAVE program also aims to raise awareness of the potential of adults with autism; deliver a successful project that leads to further funding and opportunities to extend the WAVE project; and raise awareness of Unity of Autism, WAVE and DRA and their work to support adults with autism.  WAVE starts in April 2013.


DRA has already committed to hiring four WAVE apprentices in positions with their child care centre, and to work in maintenance and marketing.



A Letter to Unity for Autism


When I first went to your website, I saw this quote: “Just think of something that would be “wonderful” if it were only “possible”. Then set out to make it possible.”We took your suggestion to heart and used it in planning for W.A.V.E.  Eileen (a.k.a. Warrior Mom) and I started meeting with various groups to make our “dream” come true of a program of work and volunteer experience for adults with autism.  Read More


Dovercourt - “A Community Working For the Community, Une communauté qui travaille pour la communauté”

dcat-with-wave-logoDRA’s mission is to enrich the lives of people in their community.  Without the commitment, energy and inspirational thinking of the people of Dovercourt Recreation Association, WAVE would not be in existence today.  Staff of the DRA demonstrate every day, their motto of “A community working for the community.”