Persons with Disabilities
ROI ~ Return On Inclusion Conference Resources
Together with the Canadian Association for Supported Employment (CASE), ONESTEP co hosted the 2017 National conference ROI = Return On Inclusion is the largest national conference of its kind and wth a focus on the value of employing persons with disabilities. It was designed for career development and employment preparation professionals who work with unemployed and underemployed persons with disabilities from across the country and internationally.
The 2017 conference held in Niagara Falls Ontario provided a unique opportunity for focused learning and sharing of best practices in working with and employing persons with disabilities, and had a special focus for employers expanding their employee base to be inclusive of PWD. You can access some of the conference PowerPoint presentations below. Click here if you wish to learn about the annual CASE National conference on supported employment.
Accommodations That Work for All ~ Bree Hayes and Jamie Suderman
Jamie and Breanna discuss barriers and strengths of people experiencing disabilities (invisible and visible) in the context of work. Discussion with audience participation will be encouraged with a series of activities highlighting peoples’ barriers at work, and simple accommodations will be highlighted as solutions to common barriers. Guided conversation will occur about the simple nature of accommodations, supported employment’s differences from traditional employment services, and cross-barrier interventions.
Autism Spectrum ~ Jayne Greene-Black
The prevalence of children on the autism spectrum has risen from 1 in 1000 to 1 in 45.* The prevalence of children on the autism spectrum has risen from 1 in 1000 to 1 in 45.* Although increasing numbers of students with autism are graduating from high school and postsecondary education, unfortunately many have been graduating to the couch; unemployment rates remain disturbingly high. These talented graduates are seeking competitive employment. Supportive employment can be invaluable in their quest. In this workshop, we will explore what works and what could work better to promote successful employment outcomes. Learn more about recent research that showcases what employed Canadian university graduates with autism have to say about what worked well for them in seeking and maintaining employment. This workshop will also provide a forum for counsellors and service providers to share their experiences and perspectives about what works and what could work better. A handout will be shared outlining relevant research, services, and tips relevant to promoting employment success for workers with autism.
Business of Inclusion ~ M Ainsworth
Employers and employees often need additional support after being hired. As such, we will present on the importance of utilizing employment support practitioners in making the business case to employers on the benefits of inclusive employment. We will show a unique employment model that assists persons with disabilities in getting ready for employment and also how this model supports employers to hire and retain persons from marginalized populations as well. Participants will have the opportunity to hear from champion employers (pre-recorded video) and discuss and share best practices on making the business case and on post-employment supports. Participants will hear and learn real life strategies on engaging employers and providing employment supports to the business community.
Job Maintenance ~ Burwash and Mancini
Within Gateway’s supported employment model we have dedicated staff for job maintenance, and this focused effort has brought us a number of unique insights into the key success factors and barriers in job maintenance. We want to bring these insights to participants, with a focus on: • Our model of job maintenance, including steps we take with employees and employers • Key insights, successes and barriers • Where do we see job maintenance in the future, including our analysis on job performance and growth for persons with disabilities The session will be a presentation format, with Gateway’s Director of Employment Supports and Manager of Employment Supports presenting. The presentation will be a mix of practical steps, advice for those working to support careers of people, and stories that highlight our lessons learned. Participants will be invited to ask questions and discuss their situations with the Gateway team.
Self-Employment ~ JobSkills
Self-Employment – The ‘Other’ Option will present Job Skills’ model of holistic self-employment training, coaching and support. The presentation will review the complete process including client assessment for self-employment, how business development training is delivered and the importance of ongoing Business Coaching and support throughout the program. Examples of current and past participants will illustrate how the program has assisted them to become successful entrepreneurs. Statistics and external resources (local and national) will be discussed as well as the marketing/outreach activities that have proved successful to promote the program. Workshop participants will be encouraged to share any of their experiences/challenges delivering self-employment to their clients.
The term Aspiring Workforce describes people living with a mental illness who have been unable to enter orThe term Aspiring Workforce describes people living with a mental illness who have been unable to enter orremain in the workforce, are in and out of work due to episodic illnesses, or want to return after a longabsence. During this interactive session, the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) will presentevidence based approaches and recommendations to advance Supported Employment for individuals livingwith a mental illness, encourage sharing of tools and resources to support inclusive hiring practices andpromote mentally healthy workplaces, and present success stories and best practices from front-line workersand individuals from the Aspiring Workforce.Participants will have an opportunity to break out into smaller groups and discuss challenges and gaps thatcurrently exist in this field, and bring forward solutions to accelerate the spread of Supported Employmentbest practices throughout Canada.
Are you tired and discouraged of the typical employment workshops and educational models that promise to deliver, yet fail to result in competitive jobs and wages for people with disabilities? When a person receives an inclusive career specific college education, the likelihood of employment and financial independence significantly increases. Are you tired and discouraged of the typical employment workshops and educational models that promise to deliver, yet fail to result in competitive jobs and wages for people with disabilities? When a person receives an inclusive career specific college education, the likelihood of employment and financial independence significantly increases.
In this workshop participants will have the opportunity to view the powerful documentary, A Better Slice Of Life, based on the transformation of 13 students with a developmental disability gaining independence by learning culinary skills through an innovative career focused program. This film demonstrates the unique collaboration between Humber College, Christian Horizons and local business owners that has proven to remove educational barriers and has led to an over 90-100% graduation rate and a 84-96% employment rate post graduation.
This workshop is for job developers, Management and Executive Directors who want to learn tangible strategies to implement this successful career focused college model within their own local communities. This workshop will provide tools to leverage partnerships across sectors that foster community inclusion and promote dialogue to shape service transformation in Canada through removing educational barriers and thereby increasing employment opportunities for students and job seekers with disabilities.