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The WORK & Abilities Blog

Four Support Measures Besides the Wage Subsidy

I often receive applications for wage subsidies as a project officer at SPHERE (an organization supporting the employment integration of people with disabilities). It’s often the first measure to which people resort, however, it can also be enhanced or replaced by other types of measures, making the support sometimes more complete or better-suited to each person and situation. Read more

The WORK & Abilities Blog

Back to Work Support after an Extended Absence

There are several reasons a person may not have worked for a long time. In many cases, mental health issues are involved. This was my case. Read more

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Employment will be Persons with Disabilities minister’s key focus

(The Star) - “Everything impacts employment,” Qualtrough said in an interview. “If you don’t have a building environment that’s accessible, you can’t work there. If you don’t have the transportation that gets you there, you can’t work there. If you don’t have technology that’s accessible, you can’t work there. All roads lead back to employment in some way. So in that regard, absolutely employment will be impacted quite significantly by this law.” Read more

L’itinérance cachée et ses dangers

(Ici Radio-Canada Toronto) - Ils sont rarement comptabilisés parmi les sans-abris. Des femmes, des hommes ou, parfois même, des familles entières logent chez des amis, des membres de leur famille, dans un squat ou un hôtel bon marché. Selon certains chercheurs, les oublier pourrait avoir de graves conséquences. Read more

MBA students develop concept for Calgary’s first autism spectrum disorder employment agency

(Haskayne Canadian Centre for Advanced Leadership in Business) - As a staffing agency, Aut2Employ would screen and train individuals with ASD for jobs that are currently underserved in Calgary; it would also work with employers to prepare them to integrate ASD employees among their staff. Aut2Employ’s potential impact goes far beyond standard job-placement. It is all too easy for people with disabilities to default into unemployment with the consequence of slipping into isolation, dependence and feelings that they have little or nothing to offer. Read more

ODEN Best Practice Gains International Recognition

(Ontario Disability Employment Network) - With assistance from the MCSS' Employment and Modernization Fund, Community Living Sarnia-Lambton has developed a 'turn-key' Summer Employment Toolkit to make it easy for other employment service providers to start their own student job services in their home communities. Read more


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Cannexus 17 follow-up : Cannexus 17 presentations and handouts are now available for download. Here is a selection of titles about work and disabilities.
Impaired at Work – A guide to accommodating substance dependence

(Canadian human rights commission) - The purpose of this guide is to help federally-regulated employers address substance dependence in the workplace in a way that is in harmony with human rights legislation. This guide outlines the rights and responsibilities of the employee, job applicants, the employer, unions and/or employee representatives. Read more

Events to come and training

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March 9, 2017, Brantford (Ontario) : The Perfect Fit: Innovative Employment Strategies (Community Living Brant)

March 24, 2017, Montréal (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 27 & 28, 2017, Vancouver (British Columbia) : BC Career Development Association Conference 2017

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

April 3, 2017, Ottawa (Ontario)Fullfilling Lives at Work (The Ability Hub)

April 4 and 5, 2017, Ottawa (Ontario)Canadian Autism Leadership Summit (Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorders Alliance)

May 29 and 30, 2017, Montreal (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)


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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March 13 to 19: Brain Awareness Week
March 26: Purple Day for Epilepsy
April: Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) Awarness Month
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