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Disability

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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

Goodwill Gesture

In January, Goodwill abruptly closed 16 stores and 10 donation centres in Ontario. Four hundred and thirty people were left out of work. Mark Wafer, franchise owner of six Tim Horton’s locations in Scarborough, reached out to all of Goodwill’s former employees, both disabled and non-disabled, for job interviews. He said that he understands what … Continue reading