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Leading the way for Inclusive Employment

June 10, 2015
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In This Issue:
  • CCRW  receives funding for Youth with Disabilities
  • Learning the stories of Aboriginals with Disabilities
  • People with Disabilities get Radio Broadcast Training and Employment Support
  • More About CCRW

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CCRW receives funding for Youth with Disabilities

Government support gives confidence to Peel youth with disabilities

BRAMPTON – Working in a fast-paced environment for the last five months, Brandon King, a visually impaired Brampton youth, is feeling much confident than ever.

Supported by the government’s Youth Employment Strategy (YES) program, King is one of 12 youth with disabilities who are currently gaining the skills and experience required to make a successful transition to the job market under Youth the Future, a project of the Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work (CCRW).

Helping youth with disabilitiesHelping youth with disabilities
Staff photo by Nouman Khalil
Some Brampton-based youth with disabilities and staff members of Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work (CCRW) and Catholic Family Services of Peel-Dufferin (CFSPD) as well as employers Friday (June 5) pose for a photo with Minister of State (Sport) Bal Gosal at the CFSPD office in Brampton after the government announced a $336,000 investment for the CCRW to help young Canadians with disabilities find jobs.

For more information on CCRW's Youth the Future Program, click here.

For the article in Mississauga News, please click here

For the complete news release, click here

Expanding the Circle - Aboriginals with Disabilities

Learning the stories of Aboriginals with Disabilities

A circular medicine wheel model composed of 4 coloured quadrants: East (yellow) - Vision of Rights; South (Red) - Knowledge Building; West (black) - Capacity Building; North (white) - ActionThe ‘Expanding the Circle’ project is a 3 year SSHRC-funded partnership that will work collaboratively with Aboriginal people with disabilities in Ontario and their organizations to promote disability rights monitoring initiatives in Aboriginal communities. This partnership of Aboriginal community groups, universities, government representatives and scholars from diverse backgrounds and disciplines will develop a shared vision of disability as well as culturally appropriate disability rights monitoring tools. Aboriginal people with disabilities and members of Aboriginal community organizations will then be trained to use these tools to conduct disability rights monitoring in their own communities, and will be empowered to continue monitoring disability rights beyond the duration of this project.

The information gained from these community-based disability monitoring efforts will be disseminated in multiple languages through community human rights reports, multi-media projects, open access publications and policy briefs in order to raise awareness of the need to change public policies in ways that promote the human rights of Aboriginal people with disabilities. Although initially piloted in Ontario, this partnership will provide the basis for a larger study that can lead to creating a national coalition on disability rights and monitoring directed by Aboriginal communities.

The project can be conceptualized in four, interconnected stages:
  1. Envisioning Rights: Bringing together multiple visions and understandings
  2. Building Knowledge: Documentation of the current knowledge of the situation of Aboriginal people with disabilities in Canada
  3. Building Capacity: Disability Rights Education and Monitoring
  4. Action: The knowledge that has been gained will be taken up by our partners to advocate for changes to policies and to scale up the monitoring practices.

If you would like more information about the project or are interested in participating in the ‘Expanding the Circle’ project, please email Marcia Rioux, principle investigator for the project and Co-Director of Disability Rights Promotion International.

Your Voice is Important! Interviews are still taking place for ‪#‎Aboriginal‬ people with ‪#‎disabilities‬ in Toronto.
Contact to set up an Interview:
Melanie Moore
416 599-2458 #222

People with Disabilities Get Radio Broadcast Training, Employment Support

Voices 4 Ability opens Radio Broadcast Training!

Connect 4 Life, a charity that aims to empower individuals with disabilities in partnership with the Broadcast Training Centre (BTC), is making preparations to launch a unique Radio Broadcast Training Program for people with disabilities.
“The program will begin on September 8, 2015,” Melanie Taddeo, President, Connect 4Life, said of the program, called the first of its kind. “It is one of our initiatives that aims to empower individuals with disabilities to become independent, contributing members of our society.”Broadcast Training Centre

The classes will be held at the Broadcast Training Centre: 264 Lakeshore Road East in Mississauga, ON.

Published on June 1, 2015 in the Broadcaster

More About CCRW

CCRW offers employment programs for persons with disabilities in 20 cities across Canada.  We also offer a Job Accommodation Service to employers for their employees with disabilities.  For more information on each program please go to our Programs and Services page or contact each program by email below:

Job Accommodation Service
New Brunswick Employment Services
Ontario Workplace Inclusion Program
Partners for Workplace Inclusion Program
Workplace Essential Skills Partnership
Youth the Future

CCRW AODA Consultations--The Job Accommodation Service®
AODA training, policy review and development, accessibility audits and solutions. 
For more information and to book a consultation, contact Nayla Farah, or 1-800-664-0925 x 224 or visit our website at

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