Capitalizing on CapABILITIES Blog
Business is discovering the business advantage of accessibility. Accessible tourism, accessible technology, accessible housing, accessible transportation...the list goes on.
This area within our website is populated with industry news, articles and reports that prove accessible businesses not only increase their bottom-line but have a competitive advantage in attracting a diverse workforce.
Businesses in Durham Region get it!
Recruiting is a science and art
Recruiting staff is an art, as much as a science. What seems to make sense doesn’t always work.
$1.4 billion: Get your fair share!
Throughout this blog we have pointed to the historic diversity policy of the 2015Toronto Games as a unique opportunity for businesses that employ people with disabilities.
Now that message has gone mainstream with a column in the Toronto Star by Carol Goar. Correctly, she points out that the Games’ promise of unprecedented diversity means “ensuring marginalized communities are offered a fair share of the benefits of the $1.4 billion Games.”
Kevin Lauzon from Tim Horton's Hires for ABILITY
It’s a good thing Kevin Lauzon takes a relaxed approach when he interviews potential new employees. It’s a good thing for him, that is. As owner of four Tim Horton’s locations in Whitby, he knew Robert Hill was nervous when he interviewed him in 2010. So, when the Northern Lights agency referred Robert to him, Kevin asked the young man about his interests and what he did in his spare time. When Robert talked about how much he enjoyed working on mechanics with his grandfather, Kevin quickly changed the job description he had in mind for Robert.
BMO report: stigma, misunderstanding persist
Despite progress in integrating people with disabilities into the workforce, stigmas persist.
A BMO study released in October showed that almost half of Canadians believe that a person will have a better chance of being hired if they hide their disability. With unemployment rates for people with disabilities nearly double that of those without a disability, it’s not hard to understand why people fear being stigmatized.
Focus on what you need
Have you noticed all the articles about autism spectrum disorders lately?