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When the Education Level Falls Short

Everyone knows that a post-secondary education significantly improves your chances of landing a well-paid job with great conditions and the potential to thrive. It’s also understood that a post-secondary education opens up the labor market and elevates you to “productive” citizen status. In short, the key that opens THE door. But what about people experiencing a disability situation? Read more

The WORK & Abilities Blog

Working and Studying with a Disability?

“It’s important to put yourself “out there” if you know what I mean, in unusual environments to know your real needs and be able to express them when you hit the job market. Put yourself in an uncomfortable position to see what you are made of and to develop your creativity. The faster you do it, the quicker you’ll manage while you wait for help with workplace accommodation.” Read more

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On the Web

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The Compass: Job Seekers Database (Ready, Willing and Able)
Ready, Willing and Able (RWA) has launched The Compass, a Job Seekers Database to help connect job seekers with Autism Spectrum Disorder to a range of paid employment opportunities across a diversity of industries in the Metro Vancouver Area... Read more

The Governance & Nominating Committee of Autism Canada (AC) is currently seeking applications to fill several positions on its Board of Directors (Autism Canada)
Interested candidates should submit applications to be received by March 15, 2017... Read more

"Hope-centred interventions” help clients with job search and career planning (Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling)
New CERIC-funded research shows that deploying specific hope-centred career interventions can positively influence the actions of unemployed adult jobseekers with low hope and high barriers... Read more

How tech means jobs ahead for kids with cognitive disabilities (c/net)
As a special education teacher at a public high school in Philadelphia, Michele McKeone prepared students with autism for life after graduation. But she quickly discovered a glaring hole in the curriculum: a complete lack of digital literacy... Read more

Improving labour force participation of Canadians with disabilities : Job matching network, Magnet, announces new partnerships with CIBC and Holland Bloorview (Magnet)
The announcement comes just as a new poll commissioned by CIBC and Magnet revealed that 19 per cent of Canadians with disabilities do not disclose their disability to an employer prior to an interview, and half of those (51 per cent) do not disclose their disability do so out of fear of discrimination... Read more

Learning Disabilities in the Workplace - Literature Review updated January 2017 (Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling)
Literature Search (Updated January, 2017), Hyperlinked... Read more

Microsoft’s AI will describe images in Word and PowerPoint for blind users (The Verge)
Artificial intelligence may be making small and steady advances in general-purpose situations like digital assistants. But it’s the more subtle AI accessibility features that have a more substantial impact today, especially for users with disabilities... Read more

Wearable sensor device helps visually impaired to sense their environment (PHYS.ORG)

"The novel aspect lies in wearable sensor device which functions based on radio waves, so that the signal passes through clothing. This means that it can be worn discreetly under a coat, for example," says Tero Kiuru, a Senior Scientist at VTT... Read more

Events to come and training

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February 15 to 17, 2017, Victoriaville (Quebec) : QUARIERA, le rendez-vous annuel des professionnels de l'employabilité au Québec

March 9, Brantford (Ontario) : The Perfect Fit: Innovative Employment Strategies (Community Living Brant)

March 24, Montreal (Quebec): Empower McGill, Embracing People with Disabilities in Business. Canadian Business SenseAbility will be there for an exclusive workshop on how disclosure can empower students and business leaders to advance a successful inclusion strategy.

March 31st to April 1st, 2017, Lévis (Quebec) : Salon de l'autisme TSA du Québec

April 4-5, Ottawa (Ontario)Canadian Autism Leadership Summit (Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorders Alliance)

May 29-30, Montréal (Quebec) : Colloque international "Expérience, Innovation, Inclusion" de l'Association québécoise interuniversitaire des conseillersaux étudiants en situation de handicap (AQICESH)

May 30 to June 1st, 2017, Niagara Falls (Ontario) : Canadian Association for Supported Employment (CASE) annual conference, ROI - Return on Inclusion

June 14 to 16, 2017, Belfast (Ireland) : 1st World Conference on Supported Employment (European Union of Supported Employment and European Association of Services Providers for Persons with Disabilities)


February 4, 2017, Lloydminster (Saskatchewan/Alberta) : Developing Meaningful Careers : What can families do? (Inclusion Alberta)

February 9, 2017, Online (Webinar) : Coping with Anxiety & Autism Spectrum Disorder: Techniques that Help (Geneva Centre for Autism)

March 1, Ottawa (Ontario): Building Connections - Engaging Employers for Client Success (Ottawa Employment Hub)

March 7-8, 2017, Belleville (Quinte, Ontario) & September 27-28, 2017, Sudbury (Ontario) : Brain Basics Course (Ontario Brain Injury Association)

March 21-22, 2017, Saskatoon (Saskatchewan) : FASD Sessions (The FASD Network of Saskatchewan)

March 22-23, 2017, Regina (Saskatchewan) : FASD Sessions (The FASD Network of Saskatchewan)

Thematic days

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February : Psychology Month
February 4 : World Cancer Day
February 5-11 : World Cane Week
February 28 : World Rare Disease Day
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