Partnership for Employment Support Autism and Intellectual Disability

About Us

The Partnership for employment support is a collaboration between researchers, employment support practitioners, community organizations, people on the autism spectrum, and family members, working to promote inclusive employment for people with autism and people with intellectual disability.

Research Team

Aparna NadigMcGill University

Aparna Nadig has 20 years of research experience, with a line of work on innovative support and intervention services to promote the social inclusion of people with autism. She and Flanagan co-developed a transition support program to enhance the self-determination of young adults with ASD, evaluating it in a randomized controlled trial (Nadig, Flanagan, White, & Bhatnager, 2018; White, Flanagan & Nadig, 2018).

Tara FlanaganMcGill University

Tara Flanagan has worked with people with ASD and/or ID for 20+ years in practical and research settings. She has extensive experience with Action Research and inclusive models of education and employment.

Valérie MartinUniversité de Montreal

Valérie Martin is a doctoral candidate in psychoeducation at the Université de Montréal and holds a master's degree in management science from HEC Montréal. She is interested in the organizational factors that influence the integration process of autistic employees into a new job.

Flavio MuraharaMcGill University

Flavio Murahara is a Ph.D. student in Educational Psychology at McGill University. His research interests include the development of self-advocacy skills for students with Intellectual disabilities, inclusive education, and self-determination theory.


Rakhee ChowdhuryEmploymentWorks Coordinator at the Centre for Innovation in Autism and Intellectual Disabilities & Miriam Foundation

Since 2017 Rakhee has been involved in a national pre-employment program entitled “EmploymentWorks” at the Miriam Foundation, where she supports young adults with ASD in their development of skills to obtain meaningful employment.

Mathieu Giroux

As an autistic person, Mathieu works as a researcher, expert consultant, teacher, speaker, blogger, speaker and mentor about autism. He is also a co-organizer of Neurodiversity Day and World Neurodiversity Day.

Natalie MiyakeCommunity Ambassador - The Transforming Autism Care Consortium (TACC), Parent/Community Representative - WIAIH

A community advocate, employer and the parent of a son with Autism. She is interested in research and development of strategies and programs related to enhancing the lives of individuals with Autism and their families though stakeholder participation and collaboration.

Alena ValderramaUniversity of Montreal - CHU Sainte-Justine

Physician specialized in public health and preventive medicine at Sainte-Justine Mother and child university hospital center. She is interested in research on the social determinants of health, and on the well-being and quality of life of people with autism and their families, including social support and social inclusion.

Partner Organization

Josée Moreau

Directrice générale, Action main-d'oeuvre

Collaborating Organizations

Jo-Ann Lauzon

La Fédération québécoise de l'autisme (FQA)

Roch Ducharme

Directeur général, CRISPESH

Daphné Morin

CREMIS - Centre de recherche de Montréal sur les inégalités sociales, les discriminations et les pratiques alternatives de citoyenneté
Direction de l'Enseignement universitaire et de la recherche
CIUSSS du Centre-Sud-de-l'Île-de-Montréal