FAQ

Some days we work, some days we play!!   Often in our social media we use the hashtag #morethanjustajobprogram which is 100% true about our program. That leads to the question: What is WAVE? Well, WAVE stands for Work and Volunteer Experience. At the core, WAVE was created to assist adults with autism obtain work and volunteer experience so they were able to obtain a job. Since we started in 2013, this mission has changed a little bit.  You are able to check our F.A.Q page (link http://waveottawa.ca/faq/) on our website for a little more detail on some of the finer points of the program, but we thought, “What better way to hear about the program then to ask the people who are part of it!”   Andrew U 1. I'm sure the program is social and we go out on adventures like the library and shopping malls. 2.  We do social activities often like looking for jobs and handing out applications. 3. If I don't know what...
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Entrepreneur (Kane)

https://www.americanexpress.com/us/small-business/openforum/articles/the-success-and-challenges-of-an-autistic-entrepreneur/   The story I found is about a Canadian-born woman named Eileen Parker who now lives in Minnesota. She wasn't diagnosed with autism until she was 40. She started taking occupational therapy, which was when she realized that the feeling of being covered by a weighted blanket was very comforting for people with autism. When she tried to buy one for herself, she learned that most weighted blankets are homemade. This gave her the idea to make her own business: manufacturing and selling weighted blankets for customers. Eventually she patented Cozy Calm, an online business that also sells to hospitals and medical supplies stores. Within a few years her company became quite successful, and grew considerably. Eileen claims that it can be challenging as a person with autism to run a business, but people have been very supportive and helpful in her endeavor. There is a large number of entrepreneurs with autism. It's not impossible, it's just about finding something that...
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What I wish people knew about me! (Kane)

In a lot of situations, I prefer to not say anything. I'm much more open to talk when around people that I'm familiar with, and have things to talk about (family, friends, co-workers), and when there aren't very many people in the room. When a room is crowded and loud, it makes me feel uncomfortable, and when many people are talking at once the only way to be heard is by talking loudly or shouting. I don't like to talk loudly; being loud draws attention to yourself, and it can be seen as disrespectful. Being silent makes life a lot easier, because quiet people are easy to ignore or forget about. If I find someone annoying, or if someone says something I disagree with, I much prefer to just keep to myself and not say anything. Disagreement can derail discussion, cause arguments, or be seen as rude. However, there are also challenges when I don't speak up. There are times where...
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If I had a job, what I feel my co-worker should know about me! (Andrew)

If I was to start a new job, I think I would want my co-workers to know I am able to do things just like everyone else, I just might need some help with lifting items and I might need the extra support of a “Job Coach” until I got the hang of things. I can follow instructions well and do what I am told without a fuss. I just might need a little extra encouragement than others. I know I can get along really well with others, so getting along with my co-workers is no problem. I know that if I am in a difficult situation or forget how to do something I can always ask my co-workers.   Andrew Urie ...
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What I Wish My Brother Knew About Me! (Andrew)

What I wish I my brother Mike knew about me; it is hard sometimes for me when we fight and yell at each other. I like when we get along with each other and we used to go sledding with each other, ride bikes, play with each other and be roommates. It's really important for me that Mike and I get along. We sometimes tell our parents about the situation. I prefer when we are respectful to each other and get along better.   Andrew Urie ...
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What I Wish People Knew About Me! (Brendan)

I wish that society understood how my mind works. All my life my autism has made me do things that others find strange and bizarre, that to me seem like the most normal things in the world. Like pacing in the hallway when I have nothing else to do, waving my hands or arms around or holding my right leg. To me this is a way to show that I am uncomfortable or not interested in what is going on around me. My condition has been seen as a problem and people have seen me as a lost cause when I was younger. Over time and with the help of teachers and parents I managed to prove them wrong. Unfortunately, out in the world whenever I stem people look at me like I am crazy and that I should not be allowed out on my own. Most of the time I feel isolated which is the reason that I don’t...
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Entrepreneur (Brendan)

Kyle Wagner-Dixson works at a dog groomers and has Asperger’s. He used to work at his parents landscaping business and has always been a problem solver. After he went to college he adopted a dog and took a grooming course online. Afterwards he decided that working under a boss was not for him. Kyle then decided to get a loan and started up his own dog grooming business. However because of his disability he has a tough time talking to customers, but some are willing to accept him and try to be respectful to him. I feel like he is like me. I can do my work on my own for the most part and I received help from the people around me when I don’t understand something. However I don’t get along with dogs that much so I would not like to do his job. But my mom is good with the dog and I feel like she would...
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“Autistic people do not have a sense of humour” (Graham)

I find this statement to be quite false. As a young man on the Autism spectrum myself, I have witnessed a great deal of other such people who have fresh, unique, and in many cases wonderfully quirky senses of humour; these different breeds of humour may be influenced from a favorite comedian, show, or even band that they love. Many people on the Autism spectrum pick up very particular hobbies and interests that they care about and may know more about than the average person, and tend to focus on them with much intensity. Also humour can just stem from their own unique perspective on life and their personal experiences. When you think about it this way, this is no different from your average famous "neurotypical" comedian or humourist. While it may fly over some people's heads, it's a fact that sense of humour may vary from person to person. There is always a chance that there are people of...
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Co-op placement (Kahmeaqia)

My name is Kahmeaqia Pardo and I am a second year student at Algonquin College in the Recreation and Leisure Services Program. This month of December 2016 I have completed my 2 week (70 hour) placement at Dovercourt with the WAVE program and I can say without a doubt that it has been the most unforgettable 2 weeks that I have had all year. The apprentices are wonderful people and the staff welcomed me with open arms. I have never felt more welcomed into such a large group of people so fast in my entire life. I started my journey with WAVE with another assignment in my Community Development course and with only the first visit I knew WAVE was a place I would consider doing my placement with. I soon bonded with the apprentices and learned of the many different abilities and skills of people with autism. I was also given the opportunity to implement small group activities and take...
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What I Wish Co-workers Knew about Me (Graham)

What my co-worker at Legend Records already know about me is that I am an apprentice from the WAVE (Work and Volunteer Experience) program at Dovercourt, and that the program is aimed at people with ASD.  What I wish they knew about me (the boss of Legend Records may know this, but not all the staff) is that I have Asperger’s Syndrome, which is of course on the Autism spectrum. They must know that this can make it hard for me to register orders and tasks aimed at me unless it is explained as specifically as possible so that I know what is required of me. However, that doesn't mean I'm slow, of course; I use my knowledge and capabilities to the best of my ability as long as my heart and mind is invested in something and I know what to do. Also, they must remember that it may be hard for me to try to articulate myself at...
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