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Road to Inclusivity

In 2017 the Durham Workforce Authority (DWA) worked with the community to carry forward the important work undertaken by Durham Region Employment Network (DREN) in the Community Roadmap to address the employment issues related to persons with disabilities in Durham Region. Recently, the DWA released a series of videos entitled “The Road to Inclusivity”. Episode … Continue reading

Disability App

Developmental service agencies in Toronto are launching a travel app to help people with developmental disabilities use transit with more confidence. The app helps with trip planning, real-time info, and step-by-step directions (available this Spring). Learn more.   Read Employment E-News – March 2019 – Career Considerations Image provided by http://www.1COMMUNITY1.ca

EI Family Caregiver Benefit

As of December 3, 2017, a new Family Caregiver Benefit is available to help families care for an adult who is critically ill or injured. The Family Caregiver Benefit will allow eligible caregivers to take up to 15 weeks off work to support or care for an adult family member. Eligible caregivers are family members … Continue reading

Student Grants

The Government of Canada offers Student Grants that fund part-time and full-time students, students with dependents, students with disabilities and students from low and middle income families. Some of the grants include: Grant for students from low-income families: A grant of $250 per month for eligible students who belong to a low-income family. Grant for … Continue reading

Disability and Employment

Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, will make employment a key focus in her efforts to craft new laws in Canada. In order to address Canada’s long history of a low employment rate among the disabled population, the minister states that it is crucial to remove barriers to accessibility in the workplace. … Continue reading

DREN’s Disability Summit

Durham Region Employment Network (DREN) brought together over 100 community members to co-create a Community Roadmap to Employment for Youth with Barriers to Employment. Durham Region employment service providers, community agencies, educators, employers, persons with disabilities, municipalities, funding organizations, parents and politicians all contributed to the creation of the Roadmap. The Durham Region Unemployed Help … Continue reading

Labour Market Forecast

“There is a looming demographic and labour market crises which has the potential to shake the very foundations of our society.”1 As ‘baby boomers’ move into retirement, we will continue to experience a growing labour shortage. The Conference Board of Canada states there is a ratio of 4:1 workers to retirees today, by 2035 the … Continue reading

Accessibility and AODA

“The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) is a law that sets out a process for developing and enforcing accessibility standards.” The government works with industry representatives and persons with disabilities to develop the standards. The AODA has been developed to help remove barriers and improve accessibility for people with disabilities. AODA targets five … Continue reading

Accessibility in Durham

More than 70,000 people in the Durham Region have some form of disability. Through various services and programs, the Durham Region has sought to change stigmas and stereotypes regarding people with disabilities. Physical barriers have also been addressed by lowering reception counters, installing automatic doors, accessible ramps and pedestrian signals. In a continuous effort to … Continue reading

Dancing Barista

Sam has autism. His dream was to be a Barista but he was told that he would never be employable. He met an employer who thought differently and the unexpected happened… Chris, a Manager at a Starbucks location in Toronto, gave Sam a job as a Barista. Due to his autistic condition, Sam uses dancing … Continue reading