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Abilities & EnterpriseCCRW Logo2 2
Leading the way for Inclusive Employment
June 15, 2011
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Here comes the Sun!

In This Issue:
  • WESP-Skills Training Partnership Recruitment Opportunity
  • The Integrated Accessibility Standards for the Ontario Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act
  • Welcome to new CCRW Managers!

WESP-Skills Training Partnership Recruitment Opportunity

The Workplace Essential Skills Partnership (WESP) program has teamed up with the Skills Training Partnership (STP)® model to offer employers and job seekers with disabilities a customized recruitment opportunity.

WESP is a four week employment preparation program serving persons with disabilities and/or individuals with barriers to employment. STP® is a unique project experience designed to match job seekers with disabilities with available jobs. It is an opportunity for employers to gain expert assistance in recruiting, hiring, and training skilled employees with disabilities.

Employers who participate in an STP®-WESP project express a sincere interest in hiring job seekers with disabilities and identify available positions as real employment opportunities. Job seekers with disabilities are then recruited to participate in WESP’s employer-tailored workshop. Employers can directly contribute to the WESP workshop while directly benefitting from CCRW’s Workplace Disability Awareness Training themselves. WESP workshop graduates are ready and prepared to access these real employment opportunities and enter the workplace.

The CCRW has managed STP® projects that have integrated over 400 persons with disabilities into the Canadian workforce, with a success rate of 83% employment retention.
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For more information please contact bepinfo@ccrw.org or 1 800 664 0925 x228. Click here for some quick facts for employers interested in participating.

For more information about WESP, click here


The Integrated Accessibility Standards for the Ontario Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA)

Ontario is continuing the journey toward becoming a world leader in accessibility - by putting in place its next three accessibility standards for the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). These three standards - in the areas of transportation, employment, and information and communications - build on the first standard for accessible customer service.

They will:
• make it easier for people with disabilities to get where they need to go;
• expand Ontario's labour pool and welcome people with disabilities into more workplaces; and
• give people with disabilities access to more of the information we all depend on.

"With these next standards in place, more people with disabilities will be able do the things that many of us take for granted like playing in a park, dining in a restaurant, catching a bus, and applying for a job. They will level the playing field and make Ontario a model for accessibility - not only here in Canada - but around the world."
 – Madeleine Meilleur
Minister of Community and Social Services

TRANSPORTATION
On July 1, 2011 the  Transportation Standard will come into affect for public transportation providers.

Transit providers include:
• the Ontario government • municipalities, and
• Transportation Commissions or Authorities.

It also applies to some other organizations that provide transportation services such as hospitals, taxis, public school boards, colleges and universities. The Accessibility Standard for Transportation will make public transportation services more accessible.

Changes include:
• verbal announcements to notify route, direction, destination and major stops
• not charging people with disabilities a higher fare or a fee to store their wheelchairs, canes and walkers etc.
• repairing accessibility equipment as soon as possible and accommodating people with disabilities until the equipment is fixed.

Requirements will be phased in between July 2011 and 2017.

EMPLOYMENT
The Accessibility Standard for Employment will help organizations support and keep more skilled employees. It will make accessibility a normal part of finding, hiring and communicating with employees who have disabilities.

Starting January 1, 2012, organizations will need to provide their employees with disabilities with emergency response information that is tailored to the employee’s needs, if the disability requires it.

Free tools and resources to help your organization become more accessible will be posted on our website ontario.ca/AccessON in the Fall of 2011.

Other requirements will be phased in between 2012 and 2017.

INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS
The Accessibility Standard for Information and Communications will help people with disabilities access sources of information that many of us rely on every day.

For example, it will:
• help people with vision loss access more websites using their screen readers
• expand large print and digital collections in public libraries
• provide students with course information and learning materials in accessible formats.

Some parts of the standard apply only to educational or training institutions. If your organization prepares emergency procedures, plans or public safety information, you will need to provide information in accessible formats, such as large print, starting January 1, 2012.

Free tools and resources to help your organization become more accessible will be posted on our website ontario.ca/AccessON in the Fall of 2011.

Other requirements will be phased in between 2012 and 2025.

CCRW Welcomes New Managers!

New Brunswick Employer Support Services (NBESS)

CCRW welcomed Nathalie Haché in May 2011 as the Provincial NathalieCoordinator of The New Brunswick Employer Support Service.

 NBESS supports employers across New Brunswick with the hiring of persons with various types of disabilities, and advancing diversity in the workplace.

For more information and to contact Nathalie, please click here.

Welcome Nathalie!

Workplace Essential Skills Partnership (WESP)

JaclynJaclyn Krane also joined CCRW in May 2011, as the Manager of WESP.

The Workplace Essential Skills Partnership is a dynamic employment program designed specifically to provide job seekers with disabilities with a professional view of the world of work.

For more information on WESP, please click here.

Welcome Jaclyn!

New Brunswick Employment Services (ES)

ManonManon Nadeau has been with CCRW for a number of years. In May 2011, Manon accepted the position of Manager, New Brunswick Employment Services.

ES maintains partnerships in Southeast New Brunswick with the business community as well as with different levels of government, agencies/organizations, and partners in education and skills development.  ES also supports the goals of job seekers with disabilities with their work search in the Greater Moncton Area.

For more information about ES, please click here.

Congratulations Manon!


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Call for Article Submissions!

If you have something that would be of interest to the membership, we would be happy to consider it for a future issues of Abilities & Enterprise, please contact Monica at info@ccrw.org
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