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!
Ontario signals changes coming
New job opportunities?
The file for Ontarians with disabilities is taking a new direction, one that could bring unprecedented opportunities in employment and careers. Tuesday’s Throne Speech announced the Accessibility Directorate is moving from the Ministry of Community and Social Services to the Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Employment. Does this mean Premier Kathleen Wynne recognizes the business case for employing people with disabilities? That she knows hiring people with disabilities is a good investment that generally results in a loyal, dependable workforce that sparks innovation and new ideas? What differences will this change make in the day-to-day lives of Ontarians with disabilities? Does it mean new programs? Incentives? New education and training opportunities? We certainly hope so.
Dispelling the Myths
Workplace equality should be left up to market forces; there is no need to intervene.
Employment Equity is required to complement market forces.
Source: “Employment Equity – Myths and Realities” (2004). Human Resources and Social Development Canada.
New resource shows how to do it
Just as a federal labour market panel is telling us hiring people with disabilities makes good business sense, a new tool has arrived to show us how it’s done.
Workplace Psychological Health and Safety Standards
The long-awaited standard to protect mental health in the workplace is being framed as an economic issue. We also see it as an accessibility issue.
Talented grads face employment barriers
It’s only January, but already there is news about accessibility.
Research into how people use walkers with wheels and the effects of upper body strength on mobility and balance is underway at Toronto Rehab. Other research is looking at how to reduce injuries by designing flooring differently. Both projects will yield valuable information on how to increase accessibility in workplaces.