National Supported Employment Community of Practice – First Inaugural Meeting

On September 18th and 19th in Vancouver, B.C. the Canadian Association of Supported Employment (CASE) and Mental Health Commision of Canada (MHCC), co-hosted the first face-to-face meeting of the National Supported Employment Community of Practice (CoP). The CASE and the MHCC co-hosted the first inaugural meeting of the National Supported Employment Community of Practice (CoP) …
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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 Watch looks at the progress being made to transition residents out of Valley View Centre in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Here we …
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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, McDonalds, Wells Fargo, General Motors and SAP participating. Government department heads, NGO’s, program funders and politicians rounded out the delegation – …
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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 with disabilities are a growing demographic and already represent about 15% of our population – so designing systems, policies and environments …
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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 with inclusive employers in the community and has a fabulous staff dedicated to a holistic approach to employment. “At HDCS, I …
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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 of generating income and achieving social, cultural, and/or environmental aims. Social enterprises are one more tool for non-profits to use to …
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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 the sectors involved in this complex issue will give you a hard answer. The employment participation statistics for people with disabilities …
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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 and clearly defined goals. With regard to the employment inclusion of marginalized populations, this approach is in stark contrast to the …
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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 leaves us with bad feelings and wounded self-esteem. The ironic thing is, failure usually teaches us so more than success. When …
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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 the business community with diversity and inclusion. Wow, what a cool job! You must absolutely love it! Sure – just not …
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