WAVE – Work and Volunteer Experience

Mission Statement: To promote autonomy for adults on the Autism spectrum (or with other developmental disabilities) through transferable skills training, volunteer experiences, and recreation opportunities so that they may reach their own unique levels of independence.

WAVE (Work and Volunteer Experience) is a program for adults with autism. Founded by Dovercourt Recreation Association (DRA), WAVE staff endeavour to help adults with autism in the Ottawa area to find independence, through a day program to train them with job skills and provide volunteer experience.  DRA has already hired several WAVE apprentices in positions with their child care centre, and to work in maintenance and customer service. Around the city, WAVE apprentices are working and volunteering in positions of interest, both with and without direct job coach support.


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

dcat-with-wave-logoWAVE Ottawa is a proud to call the Dovercourt Recreation Centre home. The WAVE Prep Program is based out of Dovercourt and makes extensive use of the center’s facilities. WAVE apprentices gain practical work experience through volunteering at the community center, assisting with a several aspects of its day-to-day operations. In addition several current and former WAVE apprentices are part-time staff and volunteers at Dovercourt. Without the commitment, energy and inspirational thinking of the people of Dovercourt Recreation Association, WAVE would not be in existence today.  Staff of the Dovercourt Recreation Association demonstrate every day, their motto of “A community working for the community.” For more information about the Dovercourt Recreation Centre and the Dovercourt Recreation Assocation visit their website.