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Unlikely Friendship Sees Paul Schembri Jr Help Transform Accessibility in the Cane Industry

Landline / By Ashleigh Bagshaw and Angel Parsons
Posted April 23, 2023

It started with a frank but friendly conversation between strangers at the local pub.

Paul Schembri Jr was asked a question that was to-the-point and, in a way, changed his life.

“So, you’re on a bike , what sort of idiot are you?”

Paul had recently modified his dirt bike so he could ride it for the first time in years – the same bike that, at age 16, left him with paraplegia and unable to walk.

After seeing a video of Paul’s bike on Facebook, Shaun Wells recognised him at the pub and had a lot of questions.

Federal Agency Sues Papa Johns for Disability Discrimination

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is suing Papa Johns after the company fired a legally blind employee Joanna Fantozzi | Mar 16, 2023

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced Wednesday that it is suing Papa John’s International Inc. on the basis of alleged disability discrimination. According to the federal agency, the Louisville-based pizza chain unlawfully denied a legally blind man’s request to keep his service dog on site and “away from customers and food preparation.”

Employment Rate Rising for People with Disabilities

By Matt Gonzales
March 8, 2023

As layoffs and hiring freezes flood the news cycle, new federal data shows that people with disabilities are landing jobs at record numbers.

In 2022, about 21 percent of people with a disability in the U.S. were employed, up from about 19 percent in 2021, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). That is the highest rate since the U.S. began tracking this statistic in 2008.

McDonald’s Fired Man Who Worked There 37 Years In Violation Of ADA, Lawsuit Says

by Julia Marnin, McClatchy News/TNS | January 27, 2023

A man who received awards and accolades for his work as a McDonald’s grill cook was fired after 37 years of working for the fast food giant, federal officials said.

Two months after a different franchisee became the new owner of the McDonald’s in Deptford, N.J., it fired him because he has autism, according to a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

But firing the grill cook violated the Americans with Disabilities Act, the federal agency said.

Now the McDonald’s franchisee, JDKD Enterprises, L.P., has agreed to pay $100,000 to settle the disability discrimination lawsuit, the EEOC announced.

Why Canadian Companies Should Do More to Hire People With Disabilities

Published Nov. 10, 2022

Canada has a reputation for being a progressive, caring and inclusive nation, but many Canadian job-seekers with disabilities might argue otherwise.

Only 59 per cent of working-age Canadians who have a disability are employed, compared to 80 per cent of the general population – an employment gap of 21 per cent.1 Canadians with disabilities routinely report having limited access to opportunities based on stereotypes, misconceptions and myths.

To Accommodate Hiring People With Disabilities Requires the Same Accommodations as Hiring Anyone

Intentful communication is everything in a work environment
CBC Communications
Posted: Oct 11, 2022

October is Disability Employment Awareness Month (DEAM). To help spread awareness, CBC Calgary is highlighting stories from self-advocates and inclusive employers. Learn more at

This is an email interview with Holly Singer, who owns the Milk Jar Candle Company, where 25 per cent of the office consists of people with disabilities. Through candle sales, she has donated more than $156,000 to organizations that support youth with disabilities in Alberta.

Call for Proposals Launched to Increase Disability Inclusion and Accessibility in Communities, Workplaces and Early Learning and Child Care Facilities

Employment and Social Development Canada
Sep 07, 2022

Organizations have until November 1 to apply for funding for infrastructure and communication technology projects

GATINEAU, QC, Sept. 7, 2022 /CNW/ – Persons with disabilities must be able to access spaces, communities, and workplaces that are barrier-free and built to include everyone. For this reason, the Government of Canada continues to invest in programs that prioritize disability inclusion, increasing accessibility and the full participation of persons with disabilities.

Malhotra and Moizer: Let’s Build an Accessible Post-Pandemic Canada

COVID has shown us that models such as work-from-home and online learning are viable. These models also allow us to treat people with disabilities more equitably. Author of the article:Ravi Malhotra, Jacqueline Moizer
Publishing date:Aug 02, 2022

While some people with disabilities have always been permitted to work from home as a disability accommodation, this has long been stigmatized. That should change.
While some people with disabilities have always been permitted to work from home as a disability accommodation, this has long been stigmatized. That should change.

As Canadians strive to return to some state of greater normality after the long and continuing COVID-19 pandemic, it is important that we reflect on the lessons we have learned about including people with disabilities in society.

Job Boards Aren’t Designed with Disability in Mind – and That Needs to Change

Jul 13, 2022 | INSiGHT Magazine
by Sue Dafoe and Dean Askin

The nature of work is rapidly changing and is creating opportunities for jobseekers who have a disability. But for the more than 600,000 employable Canadians who have a disability, many still face barriers to securing employment.

Today, a majority of the job search happens online. The problem is mainstream job boards and recruitment sites take a one-size-fits-all approach. Theyre not designed with accessibility and disability in mind.

Key barriers for jobseekers who have a disability

Jobseekers who have a disability identify many barriers to accessing mainstream recruitment sites. These barriers include inaccessible websites, accessibility issues once inside the platforms and biases with automated screening tools, to name a few.

Disability Inclusion Requires a Culture Shift

If Canada is truly going to build back better after COVID-19, we will need the support and expertise of all Canadians, Yazmine Laroche writes. By Yazmine Laroche
Thu., July 7, 2022

As the pandemic lingers, Canadian employers are experiencing a human resources crunch, commonly referred to as “The Great Resignation.” Adequate staffing and training are a significant challenge for many employers.

But this challenge also comes with an opportunity.

As we are forced to reconceive many of our workplaces, we can do so with 21st vision. It’s time to embrace equity, diversity and inclusion in the workplace – but that means disability inclusion too.