Globe & Mail Article: Working wisdom: How workers with disabilities give companies an edge
- Monday, March 2nd 2015
"Many companies are discovering the business advantages of hiring people with physical and mental disabilities. Often, these employers have found that disabled employees have unique abilities and tend to work harder to prove themselves. Turnover rates and absenteeism are also often lower. And as the population ages, and the portion of people with various disabilities grows, more inclusive hiring practices can help companies develop better goods and services for the market." To read more: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/working-wisdom-how-workers-with-disabilities-give-companies-an-edge/article23236023/
The conference mentioned in the article is the Rethinking Disabilities Conference hosted by ODEN: http://odenetwork.com/events/rethinking-disabilities/
International Day of Persons with Disabilities, 3 December 2014
- Wednesday, December 3rd 2014
Theme: Sustainable Development: The Promise of Technology
Message of the Secretary-General:
This year’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities focuses on the theme, “sustainable development: the promise of technology”.
Technology has changed the world, bringing knowledge within reach and expanding a range of opportunities. Persons with disabilities can benefit enormously from such advances, yet too many lack access to these essential tools.
As the international community works to develop an ambitious and inspiring post-2015 development agenda that leaves no-one behind, we must harness the power of technology for development for all.
Through adaptive, assistive and inclusive technology, persons with disabilities can make the most of their potential in their communities and in the workplace. Employers can harness technology to create an enabling environment for persons with disabilities to find productive employment and fully use their skills and capacities.
Technology can also help persons with disabilities caught up in natural disasters by making sure that critical information reaches them. Equally important, technology can help us include the particular needs of persons with disabilities in disaster preparedness and response.
Let us spare no effort to ensure that policies, programmes, guidelines and 21st century technologies are accessible to persons with disabilities, and sensitive to their perspectives and experiences. Together, let us work for a better future that is inclusive, equitable and sustainable for all.
Check out the United Nations website for more information on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities: http://www.un.org/disabilities/default.asp?id=1620
National Disability Employment Awareness Month
- Monday, October 6th 2014
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month in Canada. Check out videos on our You Tube and Vimeo channels for profiles of persons with disabilities who are finding rewarding employment in Durham Region.
2013 Capitalizing on CapABILITIES Conference http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDZ3hq_S-oY
EmployABILITY Awards 2013 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FWr5pWWWsJM
EmployABILITY Awards 2012 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pa5A8ZSEC08
EmployABILITY Awards 2011 http://vimeo.com/25139255
EmployABILITY Awards 2010 http://vimeo.com/12552919
EmployABILITY Awards 2009 http://vimeo.com/5188984
EmployABILITY Awards 2008 http://vimeo.com/25097093
MCSS Releases Report of Client Discussions on Social Assistance Reform
- Thursday, May 8th 2014
The Ministry of Community and Social Services Report of Client Discussions on Social Assistance Reform has been released. The summary report is available to the public on the Public Policy Forum’s website: http://www.ppforum.ca/sites/default/files/Report%20of%20Client%20Discussions%20on%20Social%20Assistance%20Reform_0.pdf
"Over a hundred current and former clients of both the Ontario Disability Support Program and Ontario Works took part in 11 discussion sessions across the province last year. The sessions were lively, wide-ranging and comprehensive, and helped us gain a wealth of information about the lived experience of those receiving social assistance and some of the areas in which we can improve services, supports and outcomes." Patti Redmond, Director, Ontario Disability Support Program Branch, Ministry of Community & Social Services