Widespread Economic Benefits To Be Gained From Making Workplaces More Accessible For People With Disabilities

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Conference Board of Canada

OTTAWA, Feb. 23, 2018 /CNW

Making work spaces and facilities more accessible would allow people with physical disabilities to participate more fully in the workforce, lifting overall economic activity by $16.8 billion by 2030, according to a new report by The Conference Board of Canada.

Supreme Court Ruling Affirms Injured Workers’ Rights on the Job

Decision sets a higher standard for lengths employers must go to find a suitable role for injured employees after a workplace accident.

“The fact is many workers who have permanent impairments are not returning to work,” says Karl Crevar, who has been an advocate for injured workers since his workplace accident in 1987. By Sara Mojtehedzadeh
Toronto Star, Feb. 18, 2018

Report #4: A Focus on the Consumer Perspective of Employment Programs and Services in Ontario

Prepared for: The Council of Canadians with Disabilities
Prepared by: Alexis Buettgen, Senior Research Consultant
Citizens With Disabilities Ontario

This is the fourth of six reports to the Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) from Citizens With Disabilities – Ontario (CWDO). This report builds on the findings from our first three reports (found at http://www.cwdo.org) with a focus on the consumer perspective of employment programs and services in Ontario. The information presented in this report comes from data collected during individual interviews and focus groups with people with various disabilities across the province. We also spoke with representatives from organizations representing persons with disabilities, primarily disabled peoples organizations.

Win the war on talent: Hire people with disabilities

10 Oct 2017
by Ingrid Muschta and Joe Dale

In this second part of a five-part series, experts from the Ontario Disability Employment Network explain why HR should tap this talent pool.

Exploring a $55-Billion Untapped Market

Special to The Globe and Mail
September 29, 2017

CEO and founder of Return on Disability.

Canadian business has struggled since 1989 to hire people with disabilities in any material numbers. This is not a uniquely Canadian phenomenon. The experience has been repeated globally by millions of companies.

This struggle is rooted in knee-jerk reactions to regulation and can be avoided by doing what business does best: understanding and serving a new market a big new market.

New Program Helps Ontario Business Connect with the Right Talent

PR Newswire
Sep. 14, 2017

The Discover Ability Network will showcase the business advantages of employing persons with disabilities

TORONTO, Sept. 14, 2017 /CNW/ – Today, the Honourable David Onley, Special Advisor to the Government of Ontario’s Minister Responsible for Accessibility, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (The OCC) and the Discover Ability Network partners launched a new program and online portal that will connect persons with disabilities seeking employment directly with Ontario businesses looking to meet their talent requirements.

Employees With Disabilities Need More Than a Government Strategy, Say Advocates

Meagan Gillmore
June 20, 2017
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The Ontario government’s recently announced strategy to increase employment of people with disabilities lacks concrete details about how to meet the complex problem, disability advocates say.

The strategy, called Access Talent, was released earlier this month. It challenges all Ontario employers with more than 20 employees to hire at least one more person with a disability, resulting in approximately 56,000 more jobs.

Making the Business Case for Hiring People with Disabilities

National Organizations and Corporate Leaders Convene to Discuss Workplace Inclusion
Originally Posted May 10, 2017 09:50 ET | Source: National Disability Institute

Pittsburgh, PA, (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — National Disability Institute (NDI), in partnership with Kessler Foundation and Poses Family Foundation, today assembled corporate leaders and community providers at the Duquesne Club in Pittsburgh for the event: Disability at Work, a Conversation with Randy Lewis.