Summer camp provides youth on autism spectrum with skills for job market

Around a dozen local youth are learning skills needed for the job market at a camp in Petit-Rocher.

The six-week program is put on by the Chaleur Autism and Aspergers Family Centre and aims to integrate young people on the autism spectrum into the community while participating in activities.

The the goal is to have as many young people participate as possible, director Tracy Furlotte-Maltais says funding is tight so the number of participating youth had to be limited.

Furlotte-Maltais says her organization is asking different levels of government to finance activities help with the hiring of instructors, and will be running a fundraising campaign at the upcoming Blues d'la Baie festival.

Participant Kayla-Marie Hickey says she's learned lots that will help her in the job market.

The camp is in its fourth year and wraps up on August 8th.

(with files from the Acadie-Nouvelle)