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12 free webinars to help build inclusive workplaces for people with disabilities
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11 free webinars to help build inclusive workplaces for people with disabilities

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Accessibility is an important step on the way to inclusion, which supports thriving, diverse workplaces. But accessibility is multi-dimensional – going far beyond wheelchair ramps – and employers might not always know where to start. These webinars offer a wealth of information on accommodating employees with visible and non-visible disabilities. They examine programs, tools and best practices to help people with disabilities realize their potential in the workforce.

Note: While Conference Board of Canada webinars included in this list are available at no cost, viewers have to create a free account to access them.

Accessibility Audit 101: Design for Diversity and Equality – Conference Board of Canada

Through the lens of the Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification program, accessibility specialist Jenny Blome discusses ways to increase the accessibility of exterior and internal business spaces. At the end of this 60-minute webinar, participants will walk away with an idea of meaningful access that goes beyond technical accessibility to true inclusion.

Accessibility for Specialized Populations in One-stop Employment Centres: Best Practices from the UK, US and Australia – BC Centre for Employment Excellence

This webinar, presented by Wendy Bancroft, addresses the following questions, among others:

  • What can be learned from countries with a longer history of implementing one-stop approaches?
  • What have other jurisdictions found to work best for clients and providers within one-stop frameworks?
  • What are the factors most likely to spell “success,” in terms of supporting specialized populations to find and retain jobs?
The duty and benefits of accommodating employees with disabilities – Mental Health Commission of Canada

This webinar discusses what employers need to know and do to support their employees in realizing their potential and contributing to their workplace and broader community.

Accommodating Nonvisible Disabilities – Conference Board of Canada

This webinar aims to respond to growing employer concerns about performance, productivity, absenteeism and medical leaves of employees who have non-visible disabilities, such as those with mental health problems, chronic pain, and learning disabilities and other cognitive and emotional problems. It provides evidence-based guidance and best practices for accommodating these potentially vulnerable employees

Accommodation in the Nonprofit Workplace – Canadian Mental Health Association

This recorded webinar delves into the world of accommodation and explores the boundaries of flexibility within a non-profit workplace. With the goal of keeping employees safe and employed, it looks at real-life examples and considers opportunities to do things a little differently.

Are You Ready for Ontario’s Accessibility Compliance Deadline? An Accessibility Primer for Smaller Businesses – Conference Board of Canada

By removing the barriers to participation that exist in Ontario, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, or AODA, seeks to maximize both the inclusivity of our communities and the value that people with disabilities contribute to our economy. Mahvish Kaan, AODA Program Advisor, walks participants through a few compliance sample questions and discusses what happens if an organization is not compliant.

Customized Employment Innovations – Application in Practice – BC Centre for Employment Excellence

This mini-symposium explores the topic of customized employment. It features contributions from Alejandra Dominguez and Darcie Davidson of Vancouver Island Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Cynthia Abbott and Renée Mino of Back in Motion and Christine Buchanan of Open Door Group.

Achieving Meaningful Employment for Young Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities –  RespectAbility

This webinar discusses lessons from Project SEARCH’s work with youth with disabilities and how to apply those lessons to other workforce programs. The insights from Project SEARCH offer critical lessons learned about serving youth with disabilities. Learn key insights that can apply to other workforce programs including various ways to break down tasks, support different learning styles and how to accommodate different disabilities.

Developing Individual Accommodation Plans for Employees with Disabilities – Conference Board of Canada

In this webinar, participants learn about the collaborative process of developing an individual accommodation plan, including the conversation with employees who require a plan. Additionally, the webinar discusses mental health and some common accommodations that can make a difference for employees.

Webinar: Disability and Employment: Research, Policy, & Practice – Research on Disability

The persistently low employment rates among people with disabilities in the United States are accompanied by consistently high rates of participation in safety net programs. This webinar examines projects on gathering compelling evidence-based information on the effectiveness of past employment promotion initiatives and efficient ways of measuring and monitoring employment outcomes.

Disability Related Employment Needs Assessments (DRENA) – An Overview and Training – BC Centre for Employment Excellence

Naomi Bullock from Open Door Group provides an overview and training of their DRENA tool. Full webinar recording and slides are available.

Did we miss something? Leave a comment below or send us a note at careerwise@ceric.ca if you have information that can help make our article even better.

Lindsay Purchase
Lindsay Purchase Administrator
Lindsay Purchase oversees CERIC’s tri-annual magazine, Careering, and the CareerWise website, along with the CareerWise Weekly newsletter. She has a background in journalism, having worked previously as a digital editor and reporter. Lindsay is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Global Studies program.
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Lindsay Purchase
Lindsay Purchase Administrator
Lindsay Purchase oversees CERIC’s tri-annual magazine, Careering, and the CareerWise website, along with the CareerWise Weekly newsletter. She has a background in journalism, having worked previously as a digital editor and reporter. Lindsay is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Global Studies program.
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