National Webinar Resources
Thank you for participating in our webinar series hosted by MentorAbility Canada. We hope that the webinar provided helpful information about thought-provoking topics and ideas.
We are pleased to provide you with some additional resources made available through MentorAbility Canada in partnership with our presenters. Feel free to download any of the following free resources available in English, Plain Language, and French.
A special thanks to People First of Canada for translating our information to plain language. Plain language helps to increase accessibility and participation for greater involvement by all.
To the creation of a more inclusive Canadian Workforce!
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Unconscious Bias Resources:
Everyday Bias, Howard J Ross, 2014
Resources that Professor Divine referenced during his presentation:
World Health Organization, Disability and Health, newsroom 16th January 2018, who.int newsroom Disability and Health 16th January 2018.
Tony Morrison, (2019), The Source of Self-Regard: Selected Essays, Speeches, and Meditations.
Primo Levi (1989), The Drowned and the Saved.
Edith Eva Eger (2017), The Choice: Embrace the Possible.
Articles by Professor Divine:
The Canadian Commission of UNESCO, just published:
A Sense of Belonging: To what and on whose terms?
Forged in the Crucibles of Difference: A Re-Imagining
Questions from Webinar Participants
Q. As a parent, how do we know how hard we should push a child with a learning difficulty .. and how can we help them find their inner unique strengths. This is not dealt with within the school systems.
The World Health Organization in its definition of disability as I said in my presentation, provides the context in which we should as parents, carers and professional workers in the field, seek to work with those identified with a health condition. It is a partnership where each party seeks to find in each other's presence possible ways of encouraging achievement in areas identified through the developing relationship, that matter to the individual with the health condition. We do not need to 'push'. It is a process of continual, careful working out of what triggers interest, excitement, the wish to work on something and when that is identified, striving to find a way to capture the way forward best fitted to the context of the individual with the identified health condition. We should tailor our interventions to the unique individual we are working with. They have a right to a bespoke service from us.
Q. What strategies could assist employers/others to provide opportunities for employment?
The employer has to have a commitment to addressing how the company can find ways within its resources, to Identify how the structures, processes and working practices within the organization could be altered to accommodate individuals with specific health conditions. This is an example where commitment to change, and address inequity can result in change with profound positive outcomes for those hitherto ignored by prospective employers. To assist employers who wish to express such a commitment, there are specialist resources in the field that can be accessed and MentorAbility is one of those who can direct employers in the direction of those.
Q. What kind of hiring practices can the HR portion of an organization become more universal when hiring persons with disabilities and other minority communities?
HR units need to work with individuals and organizations in the community where the organization is located who have expertise in this area. Jointly working with those individuals and organizations can identify who in the community could qualify for the employment sought. A number of individuals with specific health conditions may consider themselves unemployable and do not seek employment for this reason because they have not had access to resources that encourage them to reimagine themselves as capable of employment and be trained in the necessary skill set for successful employment.
Answers provided by Ann and David.