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They All Started Companies. Some From Wheelchairs

by Matt Kempner, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution/TNS
May 1, 2024

ATLANTA – The entrepreneurs who arrived for the awards ceremony in a vast Cobb County ballroom wore tuxedos and gowns, suits and vibrant colors. One woman sported an eye patch with a sparkly skull and cross bones, like a glam pirate.

Some rolled in on wheelchairs, relied on canes, or covered their feeding tubes with their evening wear.

Invited by a Georgia-based nonprofit, they came here recently from around the nation. Beyond starting businesses from scratch, they had something else in common: All have disabilities.

SRDC Releases New Research in Advancing Career Mobility for People with Disabilities

OTTAWA/VANCOUVER – April 29, 2024

The Social Research and Demonstration Corporation (SRDC) has uncovered new research exploring the challenges that individuals with disabilities face in career advancement and career mobility; and identified ways that policies, programs, and services can support them in their employment journey.

People with disabilities experience greater social, economic and health disparities compared to those without a disability. Many experience barriers to meaningful employment, and once employed, face challenges in the work environment due to social stigma, lack of accommodation, and limited opportunities for advancement.

Employers Should Focus on Proactive Steps on Mental Health, Not Just Legal Requirements: Lawyer

‘Legal issues tend to arise when something spirals,’ says Eduard Matei BY Aidan Macnab 18 Mar 2024

Employers should take proactive measures, even if they are not legally required, to prevent mental health issues from igniting legal liability in the workplace, says employment lawyer Eduard Matei.

According to the Mental Health Commission of Canada, 70 percent of Canadian workers are “concerned about the psychological health and safety of their workplace,” and 14 percent believe their workplace is neither healthy nor safe. The commission predicts mental illness costs the Canadian economy $50 billion annually.

George Brown College Survey of Over 900 Canadian Workers with Disabilities Reveals Key Insights into Workplace Experiences

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TORONTO, Feb. 26, 2024 /CNW/ – George Brown College researchers have conducted a groundbreaking survey, engaging over 900 workers with disabilities across Canada, to delve into the challenges, perspectives, and firsthand experiences of individuals confronting the complexities of working while having a disability. The study focused on participants reporting at least ‘some difficulty’ with sight, hearing, walking/climbing, remembering/concentrating, self-care, and/or communicating, shedding light on crucial insights into their workplace experiences.

Ottawa Debuts Canadian Business Disability Network

Network is ‘national alliance of businesses dedicated to creating a barrier-free Canada’ By Jim Wilson
Dec 05, 2023

Ottawa’s new Disability Inclusion Business Council (DIBC) has officially launched an independent, self-governed business disability network.

Through the Canadian Business Disability Network (CBDN), industry experts – jointly resourced by member companies – will provide programs and services to help businesses in enhancing the accessibility of their workplaces, as well as the products and services they offer to clients.

“The launch of the Canadian Business Disability Network is a true testament to the government and Canadians’ commitment to building accessible businesses,” says Kamal Khera, minister of diversity, inclusion and persons with disabilities.

How to Welcome Employees Who Have Speech Disabilities

Universal design seen as key way to accommodate employees: Canadian researcher By John Dujay
Dec 05, 2023

“Employers can start by including inclusion statements on job postings and websites. This sends a powerful message of welcome to all.”

So says Glenda Watson Hyatt, researcher at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont. about how best to be accepting and inclusive as an employer, especially for those who have speech disabilities.

Watson Hyatt – who has lived more than 41 years with cerebral palsy, has a speech impairment and uses a wheelchair – recently completed a study around some of the biggest challenges faced by her cohorts in gaining meaningful employment.

Jury Orders Amazon To Pay Ex-Employee With Asperger’s $1.2 Million

by Salvador Hernandez, Los Angeles Times/TNS | November 14, 2023

A former Amazon employee with Asperger’s syndrome claimed he was bullied and abused by co-workers at a warehouse in San Bernardino, Calif. and the company did nothing when he spoke up.

Co-workers called him “retard,” “a waste of life,” and one person asked why he was working there “if you can’t do the job?” according to a lawsuit filed in court.

A jury awarded the worker, Michael Kopp, $1.2 million earlier this month after finding that Amazon intentionally inflicted emotional distress on the former employee when its human resources department failed to stop the harassment.

Coffee Shop Hires Workers With Disabilities. Why Do Some Say That’s Bad News?

by Morgan Hughes, The State/TNS | October 10, 2023

COLUMBIA, S.C. – A new coffee shop is moving into downtown Columbia, but the unique business model has some disability rights advocates concerned.

Bitty and Beau’s Coffee is a national chain of coffee shops that predominantly hires people with developmental and intellectual disabilities such as Down syndrome and autism.

The company boasts the slogan “a human rights movement disguised as a coffee shop.”

Leaders at Able SC, a statewide policy group that advocates for disability rights, were concerned about the February 2022 announcement that Bitty and Beau’s planned to open a shop in Columbia, the group’s CEO Kimberly Tissot said.

Labor Department Scrutinizing Subminimum Wage Employment

October 2, 2023

Facing rising pressure to stop allowing people with disabilities to work for less than minimum wage, federal officials say they plan to undertake a “comprehensive review” of the employment model.

The U.S. Department of Labor said it will take a broad look at what’s known as the Section 14(c) program. Under a law dating back to the 1930s, the program allows employers to receive special 14(c) certificates from the department permitting them to pay workers with disabilities less than the federal minimum of $7.25 per hour.

Culinary Training Offers Adults With Autism A Path To Independence

by Gustavo Arellano, Los Angeles Times/TNS | October 3, 2023

LOS ANGELES – Shin rolled out the cookie dough. Asia sauteed the onions. Christopher fried the tortilla chips. Richard cooked the pinto beans.

The kitchen at The Arc Los Angeles and Orange Counties in Downey was hopping.

For two weeks, the nonprofit’s culinary students – seven men ranging in age from 22 to 41, decked out in black chef’s coats with metal tags that included their first names and “Future Chef” –
had catered breakfast and lunch for a human resources conference. This was the final day, and lunch would be a feast for 50 of chicken tinga, cochinita pibil and bean-and-potato tacos.