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Leading the way for Inclusive Employment

  December 3, 2013
UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities

In This Issue:
  • UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities, 3 December 2013
  • Message from the UN Secretary General
  • How CCRW Breaks Barriers and Opens Doors
  • Message from the Office of Disability Issues

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December 3, 2013

UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities

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"Break Barriers, open doors:  for an inclusive society for all"

Following is UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message for the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, observed on 3 December:

More than 1 billion of us live with disabilities. We must remove all barriers that affect the inclusion and participation of persons with disabilities in society, including through changing attitudes that fuel stigma and institutionalize discrimination.

In September, during the High-Level Meeting of the General Assembly on Disability and Development, United Nations Member States discussed the many ways that exclusion not only impacts the lives of persons with disabilities, but affects the development of communities and society as a whole. They re-committed to taking national and international action to support disability-inclusive development. The UN system will continue to support those efforts. We need to work harder to ensure that infrastructure and services support inclusive, equitable and sustainable development for all.

This includes guaranteeing meaningful participation in processes that affect the rights and interests of persons with disabilities by providing an enabling environment. To that end, we are inaugurating a UN Accessibility Centre at the UN Headquarters. I call on the rest of the UN system and our partners to follow this lead.

On this International Day of Persons with Disabilities, I call on Governments, members of the UN system, businesses and civil society to break barriers and open doors of opportunity for all persons with disability. Together, let us build an inclusive society for all.

How CCRW Breaks Barriers and Opens Doors

Our Programs and Services

CCRW Logo2CCRW's Vision is to create a Canada where all persons with disabilities have equal employment opportunity.   In order to acheive this Vision, we have several programs and services that we offer to job seekers with disabilities and employers across Canada.

Job Accommodation Service
Rick KennyJAS® is a Canada-wide and bilingual service that offers public and private sector companies of all sizes advice, consultations, and assessment services in order to assist them comply with their legal duty to accommodate and accessibility standards.
1-800-664-0925 ext. 224

New Brunswick Employment Services
Marilyn Employment Services (WIP) 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.
1-506-858-1650 ext. 102

Ontario Workplace Inclusion Program
PWIP2010OWIP supports job seekers with disabilities in the Durham Region enhance their essential skills to prepare for wage subsidy, work experience and ultimately employment.
1-800-664-0925 ext. 228

Partners for Workplace Inclusion Program
Stevens TammiPWIP provides job seekers with disabilities with tools to prepare for a career or secure employment in St. John's, NL; Saint John, NB; Winnipeg, MB; Saskatoon, SK; Burnaby, BC.

Ready to Work Inclusion Program

Chad and Jeff RWIP supports ‘job ready’ people with disabilities to access first time employment or to re-enter the work force in Kentville, NS; Kitchener-Waterloo, ON; Prince Albert, SK; Moose Jaw, SK.
1-800-664-0925 ext. 229

Workplace Essential Skills Partnership
May 4 2012 Graduation Photo WESP is a pre-employment program for university and college graduates with disabilities.
1-416-486-2500 ext. 8605

Youth the Future

YTFGroupPhotoOur Youth the Future Program is a 20-week pre-employment skills development program that provides youth with disabilities the pre-employment skills necessary to enter today’s workforce.

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Durham Region, ON
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A Message from the Office of Disability Issues

Le texte français suit l'anglais.

I am writing to mark the celebration of December 3rd, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. This year’s theme is “Break barriers, open doors: for an inclusive society for all”.

For the past 20 Government of Canada Logoyears, Canada has joined countries around the world to mark the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. It’s a great opportunity to celebrate the headway made and at the same time to reaffirm our commitment to enhance the participation of people with disabilities. The contribution of people with disabilities has been central to that progress, as has the contribution of organizations that represent people with disabilities through many varied partnerships.

The Government of Canada is committed to removing barriers and creating more inclusive and accessible communities and workplaces for Canadians with disabilities. Through Economic Action Plan 2013, the government is strengthening federal programming for Canadians with disabilities and helping them get the skills and training they need to prepare for and find work.

The government has taken further action by creating the Family Caregiver Tax Credit. We are also helping families plan for the future with the Registered Disability Savings Plan.

To find out more about what the Government of Canada is doing to enhance the participation of Canadians with disabilities in all aspects of society, visit

Nancy Milroy-Swainson
Director General Office for Disability Issues
Employment and Social Development Canada


La présente vise à commémorer la Journée internationale des personnes handicapées, qui se déroule le 3 décembre sous le thème « éliminer les obstacles, ouvrir des portes : pour une société inclusive pour tous ».

Depuis 20 ans, le Canada se joint aux pays du monde entier pour souligner la Journée internationale des personnes handicapées. Il s’agit d’une excellente occasion de célébrer les progrès réalisés et en même temps, de réaffirmer notre engagement d’accroître la participation des personnes handicapées. Leur contribution, ainsi que celle des organisations qui les représentent par l’entremise de divers partenariats, est au cœur même de ces progrès.

Le gouvernement du Canada s’engage à éliminer les obstacles et à créer des collectivités et des milieux de travail plus inclusifs et accessibles pour les Canadiens handicapés. Dans le cadre de son Plan d’action économique de 2013, le gouvernement renforce les programmes fédéraux destinés aux Canadiens handicapés et aide ces derniers à acquérir les compétences et à recevoir la formation dont ils ont besoin pour se préparer à occuper un emploi et trouver du travail.

Le gouvernement a adopté d’autres mesures en créant le crédit d’impôt pour aidants familiaux. Nous aidons également les familles à planifier leur futur grâce au Régime enregistré d’épargne-invalidité.

Pour en savoir davantage au sujet des mesures que le gouvernement du Canada prend pour rehausser la participation des Canadiens handicapés dans toutes les sphères de la société, visitez le site Web

Nancy Milroy-Swainson
Directrice générale Bureau de la condition des personnes handicapées
Emploi et Développement social Canada

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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