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 find work and volunteer placements for adults with autism in the Ottawa area, and support them in work placements 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 was founded in April 2013.   DRA has already hired four WAVE apprentices in positions with their child care centre, and to work in maintenance and marketing. Around the city, WAVE apprentices are working and volunteering in positions of interest, both with and without direct job coach support.


A Letter to Unity for AutismDovercourt – “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 WAVE apprentices have become part-time staff 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.