Hawkins Institute

Hawkins Institute was founded by Gail Hawkins in Toronto in 1995 as a specialized employment program for adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Very quickly, services were expanded to include social skills training, communication workshops and individualized skills assessments.
Online and On Demand
"The goal is to make services accessible and affordable to everyone with internet access."

Specialized Training

With the programs in high demand, Gail decided to reach beyond bricks and mortar to offer online programming –  innovative and entertaining on-demand training videos –  without borders.  Now professionals, family members and individuals with ASD can learn at their own pace in their own space.

We don't just train... We Employ!

Our commitment to people with autism goes beyond offering training – we employ and utilize their strengths in every production.  Revenues generated from our on-demand training videos go to producing more programs - which hire more people on the spectrum.

Gail Hawkins

Gail is an innovative consultant and practitioner, a frequent guest speaker, and author of  How to Find Work that Works for People with Asperger Syndrome (Jessica Kingsley Publishers), recently featured as the book for employment advice in the acclaimed movie “Adam” staring Hugh Dancy and directed by Max Mayer- 2009.   Gail is also a contributing author to Children, Youth and Adults with Asperger Syndrome - Integrating Multiple Perspectives (Jessica Kingsley Publishers), and professional commentator on the DVD Asperger Syndrome and Employment - A Personal Guide to Succeeding at Work (Jessica Kingsley Publishers). With more than 20 years of experience, Gail has received global recognition for her specialized work within the field of Autism and her programs at Hawkins Institute have been modeled internationally.