Ontario Centre for Workforce Innovation
- Monday, May 4th 2015
Just released: May 4, 2015: ADM Memo to EO Network: Ontario Centre for Workforce Innovation (PDF, 84 KB)
The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities has released a Call for Proposals (CFP) to identify an entity or partnership of entities to set up and manage the new Ontario Centre for Workforce Innovation (Centre).
Announced in the 2014 Fall Economic Statement, the Centre will be a leading edge centre of research excellence that drives innovative approaches in service delivery across the province, based on solid evidence. The new Centre will:
- Engage extensively with key stakeholders to set strategic priorities;
- Build capacity and support an employment and training community of practice;
- Research, pilot and evaluate innovative employment and training projects; and,
- Launch an accessible, bilingual website where it will highlight its resources and promising practices.
The Call for Proposals and the response template for the Ontario Centre for Workforce Innovation can be found at http://www.tcu.gov.on.ca/eng/eopg/eo_programming_opportunities/innovation.html. The CFP will be open until July 6, 2015.
TO2015 Games: Conference on Accessible Tourism
- Friday, May 1st 2015
The Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games are hosting a one-day conference that will explore the Games as a catalyst for advancing accessible tourism on May 7, 2015. It is free and businesses can learn more about the event at toronto2015.org/are-you-ready. The Durham Region Employment Network, hosted on accessible tourism in preparation for the Games in 2012 (Check out the event blog: https://capitalizingoncapabilities.wordpress.com). We are excited to see the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Games take up the torch for accessible tourism. The legacy of these games could be a culture of accessibility.
Along with hosting two conferences in 2012 and 2013, the Durham Region Employment Network surveyed 160 businesses that were located close to TO 2015 Games venues in Durham Region. We asked businesses “Are We Ready for the Accessibility Advantage?” and this was their response: http://www.disabilitydoorway.com/uploads/1369671844-DREN_s_Are_We_Ready_Survey_Final.pdf
Along with their conference, TO2015 is issuing a challenge to businesses:
- Visit the Rick Hansen Foundation’s Planat website to complete the business self-assessment
- Incorporate the four low-cost steps found on their website: http://www.toronto2015.org/are-you-ready
- Attend the Are You Ready? Conference if you can
- Amend Planat profile to reflect any improvements
- Post a ♡ Parapan Am sticker in the storefront window (optional).
One of the recommendations from Are We Ready for the Accessibility Advantage? report was for business to advertise their accessibility features. We looked at adding a section on our website but the Rick Hansen Foundation’s www.planat.com website has an already established global reach. Best of all it provides patrons the ability to rate the business accessibility features. Check out the TO2015 Challenge on the Planat website: http://to2015.planat.com
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