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Institution Watch

Institution Watch is a newsletter written and produced by the People First of Canada – Canadian Association for Community Living Joint Task Force on the Right to Live in Community. This issue of Institution...

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Garth Johnson: Harkin Summit 2016 Coverage

The inaugural Harkin Summit on employment for people with disabilities was held on December 8-9th, 2016 in Washington, DC. Over 180 thought leaders and practitioners from 31 countries attended, with business leaders from Walgreens,...

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Canadian Accessibility Act

Accessibility isn’t, we’ve learned, just about the physical environment, and discrimination isn’t just about negative attitudes. So much of what non-disabled people design is designed for people just like them. The problem is, people...

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#DEAMjob Sucess Story: HDCS & Sobey’s

When thinking about communities in Saskatchewan where inclusive employment has been embraced widely, one area that really comes to mind is Humboldt.  HDCS runs a fantastic supported employment program that has built many strong relationships...

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Social Enterprise and the Employment Inclusion of People with Disabilities 

According to the Social Enterprise Council of Canada (2016), “Social enterprises are businesses owned by nonprofit organizations, that are directly involved in the production and/or selling of goods and services for the blended purpose...

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Employment Inclusion: Networks, Collaboration and Collective Impact Pt 1

Where the employment inclusion of people with disabilities is concerned, is it enough for services, advocates and ‘champions’ to merely coexist and occasionally communicate? A quick survey of the results generated by any of...

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Applying a Collective Impact Framework to Employment Inclusion

Collective Impact, first articulated in the Stanford Social Innovation Review in 2011, is a framework for addressing complex social problems by engaging multiple sectors and stakeholders in a coordinated effort – with specific stages...

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Failing Forward

Failure is such an ugly word with so many negative connotations. We fail classes, fail to meet expectations, fail at relationships, fail to come to a complete stop, etc. etc. Failure. Blech. It just...

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‘The Weather’ and Employment Inclusion

So, it’s your organizational mission to improve the lives of marginalized people by identifying their unique talents and strengths and then facilitating ‘talent matching’ and inclusive recruitment. You support jobseekers with disabilities by supporting...

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31 DEAM Days

Disability Employment Awareness Month? Why Does Hiring people with Disabilities Even Matter? Sean McEwen October is Disability Employment Awareness Month (DEAM) right across Canada and the U.S. but how important is Employment Inclusion? While...

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Tapping into Generation A & Reaping Real Financial Returns

Tapping into Generation A & Reaping Real Financial Returns By Garth Johnson and Amy El-Sayed Very few businesses in Canada have realized we have an amazingly profitable and yet untapped resource in this country....

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Three Documentaries

I am writing to let you know that I have completed two documentaries and one series on inclusive hiring for people with intellectual disabilities in Alberta and British Columbia and these will be airing...

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Employment First or Employment When?

Employment Inclusion for people with disabilities has become a significant consideration in the pursuit of greater quality of life and citizenship. Over the past several years, employment participation has received much attention from policy...

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Why Does NDEAM Matter?

Imagine there was an annual, month-long event which recognized and promoted employment inclusion for people with disabilities. What a perfect opportunity for service providers and inclusive employers to promote their successes in creating and...

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Barriers to Employment Inclusion in Rural Canada

Although much of Canada’s economy relies on natural resources found in rural settings, poverty and barriers to employment inclusion for people living in rural communities are a growing issue. Where marginalized populations are concerned...

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Why Would I Hire Someone with a Disability?

Many of us have heard this question – and many of us have had an immediate emotional response, struggled with our words and in the end, failed to capitalize on a great opportunity. 10...

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MentorAbility

“MentorAbility” is a national program of the Canadian Association for Supported Employment (CASE) designed to help Canadian businesses to effectively recruit and hire talented, motivated new employees with disabilities. In October 2014, BC and...

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Disability Tax Credit | The disability tax credit (DTC) is a non-refundable tax credit that helps persons with disabilities or their supporting persons reduce the amount of income tax they may have to pay. For more information, go to http://www.cra.gc.ca/dtc.

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