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Lack of Quality Jobs, Stereotyping Reason for 20% Pay Gap for People With Disabilities, Advocate Says

Over 87,000 people live with disabilities in Kitchener-Waterloo and Cambridge James Chaarani, CBC News
Posted: Jul 03, 2023

New data from Statistics Canada shows that people with disabilities across the country were paid 21.4 per cent less than those without disabilities in 2019, but a Waterloo Region advocate offers insight as to why this might be.

“I think a lot of people with disabilities don’t get the quality jobs that other people receive because of many stereotypes that employers still have regarding people with disabilities,” said Edward Faruzel, the executive director of KW AccessAbility.

How the Workplace Can Progress on Disability Inclusion

While regulations are in place, Canadian employers lag in implementation 26 Sep 2023
This article is provided by Kee Safety

Approximately 30 per cent of Canadians adults are living with some form of disability. In 2019 the Canadian Government put in place the Accessible Canada Act, setting itself the ambitious goal of becoming a barrier-free society by 2040. Given the reality that many of us will experience disability at some point – either through becoming a caretaker of a relative or individually – implementation of the Government’s plan is crucial.

Walmart Sued by US Agency Over Test That Screened Out Disabled Workers

By Daniel Wiessner

Sept 13 (Reuters) – The U.S. agency that enforces workplace discrimination laws said on Wednesday that it had sued Walmart Inc (WMT.N) over allegations it fired hourly workers with disabilities who could not pass a computer-based test.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) said that the test, which Walmart began administering nationwide in 2015, had no connection to workers’ job duties, in a lawsuit filed in federal court in Arkansas.

The commission said Walmart gave newly-hired workers up to 180 days to pass the “knowledge assessment,” and that they could take it up to three times. But Walmart failed to provide accommodations for the test to workers with disabilities as required by federal law, the EEOC said.

From Kicked Off to Welcome Aboard: How a Blind Vancouver Paralympian was Hired by Virgin Cruise Line

Shannon Paterson
Multi-skilled Journalist, CTV News Vancouver
Published Sept. 9, 2023

Donovan Tildesley, 39, has been blind since birth. But that hasn’t stopped him from traveling the world.

“I was very blessed to have parents who encouraged me to do any and everything that someone with sight could do,” said Tildesley.

Last November, he boarded a Virgin Voyages Caribbean cruise that he’d booked through a travel agent. “I made him aware and he made the company aware that I was blind,” said Tildesley.

But just as the ship was getting set to leave Miami, two Virgin Voyages crew members approached him.

Government of Canada Invests in Projects to Increase Access to Employment Opportunities and Support Persons With Disabilities in the Workplace

News release
August 29, 2023 Sydney, Nova Scotia Employment and Social Development Canada

Building on the government of Canada’s commitment to improve inclusion and financial security of Canadians with disabilities, today, the Minister of Diversity, Inclusion and Persons with Disabilities, Kamal Khera, announced nearly $73 million in funding under the Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities (OF) to support 31 projects that organizations across Canada will launch this year.

This funding is in addition to $118 million announced in June 2023 to support 60 projects, which brings the Government’s total investment under the OF 2022 call for proposals to approximately $191 million.

Characters With Disabilities ‘Consistently Missing’ From Movies

by Shaun Heasley | August 24, 2023

Despite years of advocacy, a scathing new report finds that fewer of the most popular new movies are featuring people with disabilities.

In an analysis of the 100 top-grossing films last year, researchers found that 54 did not include a single speaking character with a disability. That’s more than in previous studies looking at movies released in 2021 and 2015.

The report out this month from the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism looks at representation within the cast and behind the camera for the top 100 films each year between 2007 and 2022. Researchers reviewed 69,858 speaking characters to assess inclusion across gender, race and ethnicity, sexual orientation and disability status.

Nearly 99% Of Adults With Autism Have No Employment Services

by Michelle Diament | August 22, 2023

Hardly any adults with autism are receiving supports to help them find or keep a job, new research shows, and even among the few who do, the services are often far too short-term.

Some 1.98 million working-age individuals on the spectrum – or almost 99% – accessed no employment supports through Medicaid or vocational rehabilitation between 2008 and 2016, according to findings published this month in the journal The Milbank Quarterly.

Employees With Disabilities Experienced 21.4% Pay Gap in 2019: Stats Can

By: Staff
July 11, 2023

In 2019, Canadians with disabilities earned an average annual income of $43,400, substantially lower than people without disabilities ($55,200), a pay gap of 21.4 per cent, according to a new report from Statistics Canada.

It found a 24.3 per cent pay gap between men with disabilities (average annual earnings of $48,700) and men without disabilities ($64,300). By comparison, the pay gap between women with disabilities ($38,900) and women without disabilities ($45,100) was 13.7 per cent.

Canadians with cognitive disabilities earned less than half (46.4 per cent) of those without disabilities in 2019. There were also pay gaps for people with mental health-related disabilities (31 per cent), physical disabilities (20.7 per cent) and sensory disabilities (12.3 per cent).

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.”