Real Stories is a series of videos on topics related to the lived experiences of people on the autism spectrum or with an intellectual disability who are looking for work or working.
The Real Stories videos support other job seekers or employees on the autism spectrum or with an intellectual disability by sharing common experiences and advice for finding a job and doing your best at work. Real Stories also support employers to learn how to build a more inclusive workplace. Click here to see some examples of Real Stories that are posted on The Inclusive Workplace.
We are looking for people who are interested in sharing their experiences on the following topics:
- Applying for the Job: Have you ever applied for a job online? What was your experience like? Was it easy? Was it hard?
- Disclosure and Workplace Accommodations: What is your experience in disclosing your disability at work? If you have told others, how did you disclose? How has your workplace made adjustments or accommodations to support you to do the job well? What worked well? What didn’t work well?
- Peer Mentors at Work: Do you have a co-worker who supports you in your work (e.g., a peer mentor or a buddy)? If so, we’d like to hear more about your experiences! Why is having a mentor or buddy at work helpful?
How do I participate?
If you are interested in sharing your story, please email Radha MacCulloch at firstname.lastname@example.org. Participants will take part in a 30 minute to 1 hour video recorded interview. If you live in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto or Montreal, the interview can take place in person (or over zoom, if you prefer). If you live outside of these cities, the interview will take place over zoom. Clips from your recorded interview will be developed into a Real Story and posted on The Inclusive Workplace. Clips from recorded interviews may also be used in Inclusion Canada and CASDA’s national webinar series for employers on inclusive employment (in January and February 2022).
*If you’d like to share your story in another way, please let us know. For example, you may choose to answer the interview questions over email instead of taking part in an interview.
All participants receive a $50 honorarium for their participation.