Unique Social Enterprise in Downtown Carleton Place

owlcafe“Coffee with an Purpose”

“The Owl Café and Meeting Place”, On December 11, 2015 opened it’s door to the public. Funded initially with fundraised revenue from Y’s Owl Maclure, their strategic objective is to provide employability skills for young people with Autism Spectrum Disorder, generate revenue, and increase awareness of ASD.

The Owl Café and Meeting Place program is a unique social enterprise located at 135 Bridge Street, Carleton Place. The Owl Café & Meeting Place is the first-of-its-kind customized employment and life skills training program for teens, youth and young adults on the Autism Spectrum. They believe having a job contributes to a young person’s sense of identity and well-being. Employment is an important opportunity for young people to build social skills and networks, gain self-confidence and develop the life skills needed to successfully transition into adulthood. The cafe will offer employment training to young people with Autism Spectrum Disorder, provide meeting space for local businesses and community members.  Evenings and weekends, a variety of life skills classes, workshops, and groups to young people with ASD (14-30 year of age) will be offered.

The Owl Café

The café will provide opportunities for young people with ASD to acquire employment skills and work experience that can transfer to other community-based employment. The local community will enjoy fresh brewed coffee from Equator Coffee, fresh-baked treats from Big Rigs Bakery, along with other snacks, soups and sandwiches from the Owl Cafe. The café operates Monday to Saturday.

Meeting Space

owlmeetingroomThe Owl Cafe & Meeting Place offers professional and creative spaces that are ideal for private meetings, workshops, and presentations. We currently offer two meeting spaces, Meeting Room A is suitable for up to 8 people (can be booked day or evenings), and/or Meeting Space B – Café Area (can be booked for evenings or weekends) that can host a group event people, these meeting spaces include:

  • Access to purchase fresh brewed Equator Coffee, Numi Organic Teas, as well as delicious Big Rigs Baked Goods, or sandwiches.
  • Chart paper, writing utensils, post-its
  • White board
  • Wi-Fi
  • Projector or Use HDMI to hook up your laptop to a TV (Please request in advance)
  • Meeting Space A (8 people) is available for booking 6 days a week during business hours (9-5 pm) $15/hr. for non-profit organizations, $20/hr. for public
  • Meeting Space B (15 – 20 people) is available in after hours (evening or weekends) $25/hr. for non-profit organizations, $30/hr. for public
  • Please note that cancellations must be made 24 hours in advance.

Autism Works Carleton Place is the first-of-its-kind fee for service program for teens, youth and adults with ASD. The Autism Works Carleton Place program will focuses on building skills for life and first steps to employment. Classes are generally offered in the evening 6-8 pm and on Saturday 12 – 2 pm. All classes and workshops will be offered at The Owl Café & Meeting Place location.

Building Skills for Life 

  • Social skills
  • Cooking club
  • Fitness group
  • Executive functioning skills
  • Academic skills life coaching
  • Emotional awareness, reflection and regulation
  • Facing your fears
  • Relationship skills and values
  • Tuesday Video gaming night
  • Thursday night social club
  • One on one life coaching

First Steps to Employment

  • Determining interests and identifying appropriate employment options
  • Cover letters, resumes and applications
  • Networking and job searching skills
  • Interview support and disclosing your Autism
  • Strategies for success in your workplace
  • One on one job coaching support

They know Autism. We know Employment. We know individuals with ASD can be highly effective employees who offer unique skills, abilities and strengths that benefit employers and the community.

For further information about their services please contact Suzanne Ford, Director of Autism Services, Autism Works Carleton Place by telephone 613-266-3205 or email at suzanne@ysowlmaclure.org

*submitted by Suzanne Ford at Autism Works Carleton Place

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