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The Government of Canada Launches Funding Opportunity to Improve Participation of Canadians With Disabilities in Their Communities and the Labour Market

Employment and Social Development Canada
Mar 29, 2018

GATINEAU, QC, March 29, 2018 /CNW/ – Today, the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, invited not-for-profit and Indigenous organizations, municipalities and territorial governments to apply for funding for retrofit, renovation or new construction projects of accessible facilities or venues through the 2018 Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) call for concepts (CFC) for mid-sized projects.

Through the Enabling Accesibility Fund, the Government of Canada is taking action to ensure Canadians with disabilities have access to services and programs that will help them participate fully in their community and in the labour market.

Practice Guidelines to Support Disabled People Into Work

Press Release: New Zealand Government
March 21, 2018

The Minister for Disability Issues Carmel Sepuloni and Minister of Employment Willie Jackson welcome the launch of the new Employment Support Practice Guidelines: How to support disabled people to get the job they want.

“The development of the Practice Guidelines was a joint effort led by the New Zealand Disability Support Network (NZDSN), bringing together representatives from the disability sector, provider groups and government agencies,” said Carmel Sepuloni.

“The Practice Guidelines are an essential ‘how to’ guide for supporting disabled people into work, based on what’s been shown to work best.

Minister Jackson says for many disabled people employment is a key aspiration.

Diversity and Inclusion Give These Firms a Competitive Advantage

Canadas Best Diversity Employers for 2018 lead the way in trying to make the workplace more inclusive through a variety of innovative and compassionate diversity initiatives. DIANE JERMYN
Special to The Globe and Mail
Updated March 7, 2018

Canada’s Best Diversity Employers competition celebrates Canada’s vibrant and increasingly diverse work force. The winners listed here for 2018 have been judged as having an inclusive and respectful work environment that benefits everyone.

But what does being inclusive in the workplace really mean to people? Some might say it’s simply about feeling respected and comfortable in your own skin at work, no matter what your race, where you originally come from or how long you’ve been here. Others might describe inclusion as being able to bring your whole self to work so you can do your best, instead of having to hide who you are.

Widespread Economic Benefits To Be Gained From Making Workplaces More Accessible For People With Disabilities

Making work spaces and facilities more accessible would allow people with physical disabilities to participate more fully in the workforce, lifting overall economic activity by $16.8 billion by 2030, according to a new report by The Conference Board of Canada.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/widespread-economic-benefits-to-be-gained-from-making-workplaces-more-accessible-for-people-with-disabilities/

Does the Government Make It too Hard for People With Disabilities to Work?

By Monique Scotti National Online Journalist, Politics Global News

The federal Conservatives have tabled a bill in the House of Commons that they say will help get more Canadians with disabilities into the workforce, arguing that right now, it can be more affordable for them to stay out of it.

The private members bill, tabled this afternoon by Conservative finance critic Pierre Poilievre, is unlikely to pass unless the Conservatives get the Liberals on-side.

I have had some informal conversations with some members of the other parties, and the reaction has been very favourable, Poilievre told reporters outside the House of Commons on Monday afternoon.

Accessible Technology Program

From Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

The new Accessible Technology Program will co-fund innovative projects led by the private sector, not-for-profit organizations and research institutes to develop new assistive and adaptive digital devices and technologies.

It will invest $22.3 million over 5 years, starting in 2017-18 to make it easier for Canadians with disabilities to more fully participate in the digital economy.

Background

The Program is part of the Government of Canada’s Innovation and Skills Plan, and aims to facilitate and encourage the participation of under-represented groups in the digital economy by investing in initiatives that provide them with the necessary tools, access and skills to participate.

West Virginia Nonprofit and its Partnership with the RightCycle Program Help People with Disabilities Find Work that Sustains Them and the Environment

PARKERSBURG, W.Va., Nov. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire

A West Virginia nonprofit organization is making a difference in the lives of people with disabilities while benefitting the environment at the same time.

The Jackson County Developmental Center (JCDC) of Millwood has embarked on a partnership with RightCycle by Kimberly-Clark Professional to provide employment for people who have survived traumatic brain injuries or have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders, learning disabilities and other conditions.

The JCDC employees remove zippers and other metal parts from protective garments so that the apparel can be recycled through the RightCycle Program, the first large-scale recycling program for non-hazardous lab, cleanroom and industrial waste.

Job Numbers Reflect Increasing Inclusion of Americans with Disabilities in the Workforce

nTIDE October 2017 Jobs Report
EAST HANOVER, N.J. (PRWEB) November 03, 2017

“For the 19th consecutive month, the proportion of people with disabilities working has continued to grow, and once again, their gains are outpacing those of people without disabilities,” according to John O’Neill, PhD, director of employment and disability research at Kessler Foundation.

The major economic indicators continue to reflect increasing inclusion of Americans with disabilities in the workforce, according to today’s National Trends in Disability Employment Monthly Update (nTIDE), issued by Kessler Foundation and the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability (UNH-IOD).

Canadian Universities Sign Off on Pledge to Greater Diversity, Accessibility

Data on diversity on Canadian campuses is limited
The Canadian Press/
Oct. 26, 2017 9:35 a.m./

Canadian universities have done a great job making their campuses more accessible for students with disabilities, but now have to turn more attention to helping those students get jobs, one of Canada’s leading disability advocates told a room full of university presidents Wednesday.

Rick Hansen, a former paralympian whose foundation is devoted to making the world a more accessible place, spoke to the presidents in Ottawa on Wednesday, just before they voted to make a public commitment to seven principles of diversity.

FDNY Violates ADA by Pre-judging Veteran Applicants as Unfit

New York, New YorkDisability Rights Advocates (DRA), a national nonprofit legal center, filed a Charge of Discrimination for Julio Andrade, a former Marine, after the Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY) denied him a job as a Fire Fighter because of a diagnosis of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) he received at the time of his honorable discharge from service in the Iraq war, approximately 8 years earlier.

The Charge, filed with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, alleges that the FDNY illegally discriminated against Andrade because of the disability diagnosis. It also says that veterans’ groups report that the FDNY is disqualifying veterans from FDNY Fire Fighter jobs without individual evaluation of whether they are qualified for the job.

The 2017 Disability Equality Index Names the “Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion”

68 top-scoring companies pave the way for Corporate America
Washington, D.C. (August 23, 2017)

US Business Leadership Network (USBLN) and American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) are proud to release the 2017 Disability Equality Index (DEI) the third year measured by the Index. 110 companies participated in the 2017 DEI, with results indicating where companies are excelling in their commitment to inclusive environmental, social, and governance policies.

DEI results also indicate areas in which companies must improve and close the policy and practice gaps for disability inclusion. This year a record 68 employers have earned the top rating of 100 signaling to corporate America that becoming inclusive to people with disabilities drives positive results across the business.

Doing More For People With Disabilities Is Doing More For Canadians

People with disabilities still make up a disproportionate number of professionals working in jobs that are below their skills level. 08/11/2017

Most of us take for granted the ability to easily perform daily activities or engage in social interactions. We do not wake up each morning with debilitating pain, or require the assistance of a guide dog to leave our homes. For the over 3.8 million Canadians living with a chronic health condition or health-related problem, however, performing what some might consider routine tasks can be a serious challenge.

nTIDE June 2017 Jobs Report: Ongoing Job Growth Reflects Americans with Disabilities Striving to Work

by Anna Brennan-Curry
Jul 07, 2017

Kessler Foundation and University of New Hampshire release nTIDE Report Monthly Update

Durham, NH Americans with disabilities continued to engage in the labor market, reaching 15 months of job gains, according to today’s National Trends in Disability Employment Monthly Update (nTIDE), issued by Kessler Foundation and the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability (UNH-IOD). This extends the longest stretch of recorded gains for this population.

As the nation implements the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014, vocational rehabilitation (VR) services are evolving to better serve people with significant disabilities.

Employment for Canadians With Disabilities: The MOST Unattained Dream!

February , 2017
Brief from John Rae

INTRODUCTION:

The Government of Canada has expressed its commitment to eliminating systemic barriers and providing equality of opportunity to all Canadians living with disabilities in Canada.

This is a welcomed commitment. The proposed Act must include tangible measures to improve the lives of Canadians with disabilities, especially in the field of employment. The Act must also include the amendment of a number of existing statutes if it is to deliver on the governments important commitment of greater equality.

BACKGROUND:

My name is John Rae. I am totally blind and live in Toronto.

4 Reasons to Learn Online if You Have a Disability

by Maggie Hammond

Living with a disability can often make it more difficult for individuals to carry out everyday tasks and achieve goals that many people take for granted. Attending college can be a difficult experience for many disabled students, although the good news is that more college campuses are making the effort to make their facilities more accessible, for example by adding adjusted rooms to college dorms for students with limited mobility, or having lectures accompanied by a sign language translator for the deaf. Students with disabilities can often apply for extra time in exams or the use of a laptop rather than pen and paper for writing. However, perhaps the best approach to learning for students with disabilities is online education. Here’s why:

Realizing the Promise of a New ERA for Canadians With Disabilities:

Bringing Canadians With Disabilities Into the Mainstream of Canadian Society January, 2017
Brief by John Rae

BACKGROUND:

My name is John Rae. I am totally blind and live in Toronto.

Over the past 40 years, I have worked for the Ontario Government, held elective offices in Canadas labour movement at the local, provincial and national levels, and have participated actively in numerous community-based organizations dealing with disability and broader human rights issues.

Can You Work in Healthcare with a Disability?

by Maggie Hammond

Those who have suffered from some debilitating injury or illness know what it’s like to find themselves ‘disabled’ by a legal definition.

While some people are born with disabilities, physical limitations to what they can and should be doing, others suddenly find themselves unable to work the same kinds of jobs they once held and for as many hours as they are used to working.

If you are one of hundreds of students looking to see if an ADU Online bachelor of science in diagnostic medical sonography would lend itself well to a job you can handle, the following information may prove useful.

Only Half of Disabled Canadians Have a Full or Part-Time Job: CIBC poll

Michelle McQuigge
The Canadian Press, January 17, 2017

TORONTO — A new poll suggests that employment conditions remain dismal for Canadians with disabilities.

The survey commissioned by CIBC and conducted by Angus Reid found that only half of respondents living with a disability have a full or part-time job.

Two years ago, Statistics Canada released similar figures putting the employment rate for disabled Canadians at 49 per cent, compared to 79 per cent for the general population.

The latest poll found that 37 per cent of disabled respondents said they were unemployed, while 11 per cent fell into a miscellaneous category such as homemaker or student.

Walmart Sued After Firing Employee With Down Syndrome

And allegedly violating the Americans With Disabilities Act
By Michael Harthorne, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 19, 2017 3:34 PM CST

(Newser) The US Equal Employment Opportunities Commission is suing Walmart for allegedly violating the Americans With Disabilities Act after the company fired an employee with Down syndrome, the Mighty reports.

Marlo Spaeth had worked at a Walmart in Milwaukee for 15 years. According to the EEOC, she was a good employee who earned raises and satisfactory performance reviews while working noon to 4pm shifts. Then in November 2014, a new computerized scheduling system changed Spaeth’s hours, making them later and longer.

CIBC Introduces New Initiative to Support Employment for Canadians Living With a Disability

TORONTO, Jan. 17, 2017 (Canada NewsWire via COMTEX)

Bank partners with social enterprise Magnet to tackle employment barriers and focus on diversity hiring

Committed to increasing employment opportunities for individuals living with a disability, CIBC (CM) CM, announced today it is partnering with Magnet, an online network that connects job seekers to employers based on skills and talent needs.

A recently commissioned CIBC and Magnet survey* reveals that nearly two-in-five working-age Canadians living with a disability are unemployed, and this newly formed partnership aims to expand access to job opportunities for persons with disabilities. The same poll reveals that lack of opportunities (13%), past non-inclusive employment experience (9%) and fear of discrimination (6%) are just some of the reasons that individuals with disabilities cite they are not employed.