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Métis Nation Forum in Disabilities: Improving Employment Opportunities and Access in Métis Communities

November 2 & 3, 2010, Delta Winnipeg, Winnipeg, MB

This National Forum will bring together a range of perspectives aimed at improving opportunities for Métis citizens with disabilities in skills development and employment. Designed to ultimately improve client and business services through innovation, this is an excellent venue for knowledge exchange. Through a series of plenary sessions and workshops, participants will access knowledge, strategies, tools and effective practices to improve opportunities for the fuller participation of Métis persons with disabilities in Canada’s economy.

In partnership with the Canadian Council on Rehabilitation & Work, the Métis National Council is committed to raising awareness of key accessibility issues, removing unnecessary barriers; and advancing a national agenda inclusive of all Métis citizens.

Opportunities Fund - Funding for Employers and Organizations

Government of Canada – Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

If you are a person with a disability, you could receive financial assistance for training to start a business and for living expenses while you learn.

To qualify, you need to:

  • have a permanent physical or mental disability;
  • be unemployed or work less than 20 hours a week;
  • be a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant;
  • not be able to get employment insurance or similar financing;
  • not have received benefits in the past three to five years.

As an employer, you could access a wage subsidy to hire Canadians with disabilities. http://www.canadabusiness.ca/eng/summary/4937/

Aboriginal Funding Tool

Government of Canada – Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

If you are an Aboriginal person and need money to start or grow your business, you can use this online tool to help you find grants and loans for Aboriginal businesses. You can search by:

  • location (province/territory/national);
  • type of funding (grants, loans);
  • subject (under “topic of interest or audience”, choose “economic development and business”);
  • Aboriginal group.

The tool will create a list of loans or grants for your province or territory, or anywhere in Canada. Click on a title to reach a website with information on how to apply for a loan or grant, or for other services.

http://www.canadabusiness.ca/eng/summary/1227/

The Improving Employability Outcomes for Métis Persons with Disabilities Project

A project of the Métis Nation Canada and the Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work (CCRW), the leading cross-disability organization promoting the equitable, meaningful and sustainable employment of persons with disabilities in Canada. The MNC and CCRW will cooperate in establishing a national advisory group, which will explore innovative and effective tools and services aimed at meeting the employment needs of Métis persons with disabilities. The MNC and CCRW will also be holding a National Training Forum for Métis Nation employment counselors, giving them the tools to better serve Métis Nation citizens with disabilities entering or re-entering the workforce.

Metis Training to Employment: Persons with Disabilities

Are you finding it difficult to obtain or maintain employment due to a physical, learning or mental health disability? Through the PWD Program clients have access to professional support to determine the extent and nature of their disability and to create an individualized action plan leading to meaningful employment. Clients can also access assistance for technical support and equipment aimed at improving their employability or to maintain their employment.

The objective of the Persons with Disabilities Program is to:

  • Enhance full-time and sustainable employment opportunities for Métis people with disabilities
  • Encourage entry into the labour market by providing appropriate training and work opportunities
  • Encourage employers to make appropriate job or workplace accommodations.

Persons with disabilities may access any MTE Program listed under Programs for Individuals or Programs for Youth, if they are eligible, in addition to accessing the Program for People with Disabilities.

http://www.metisemployment.ca/looking-for-training/for-disabilities.html

Post-Secondary Funding for Students with Disabilities (Alberta)

Find out about funding sources and how to apply.

http://alis.alberta.ca/pdf/disabilities/informationsheet.pdf

Metis Training to Employment (Alberta)

MTE programs and services are delivered to clients through ten full-time Métis Employment Services (MES) sites located throughout Alberta. Our busy staff also provide itinerant services on a part-time basis to other communities where numbers warrant, and through our Mobile MES RV.

The MES staff complement consists of Employment Counsellors and Client Resource Assistants with a larger staff component in the urban areas of Edmonton and Calgary, and oversight of MES operations at the Regional level by Client Services Managers and Assistant Managers. A wide range of employment programs and clients services is offered at each MES site.

Métis Employment Services offers a comprehensive range of services to the Métis Community including intake to MTE programs and assistance through the application process for financial support. Other services include:

  • Looking for a job? Employers advertise job openings at our MES centres. We can help you to apply for these jobs and provide assistance with resume writing, interview tips, and helping you sell your hidden, marketable talents. Employment tools (computers with internet access, job postings and resources) are waiting for you.
  • Our Employment Counselors help you think systematically about your future and the education that is necessary to achieve an occupational goal.
  • MES staff build relationships with agencies and institutions in the community to support the needs of our clients. We can help you develop a network of supports and find out about the agencies that are waiting to help you succeed.
  • You can access a wealth of information on training offered at educational institutions, view information about occupations, or take home a pamphlet full of job hunting or career tips.

For information call 1-888-48-MÉTIS (1-888-486-3847).

http://www.metisemployment.ca/about-us/metis-employment-services.html

Fundability Loans (Calgary)

Are you an entrepreneur with a permanent disability? Are you having trouble borrowing money to start your business? Earning a low income or having poor credit can prevent you from accessing financing. Momentum can help with character-based loans that provide financing where banks and lending institutions do not. You will receive ongoing business coaching and will complete a business plan. Meet other entrepreneurs and learn about opportunities to get your business up and running. You could qualify for up to $10,000 for a first time loan, and more after successful repayment.

http://www.momentum.org/fundability

Special Programs for the Disabled – Northwest Métis Council (Manitoba)

The Special Programs for the Disabled employment Initiative assists persons with disabilities, who are not eligible for employment benefits, to prepare for, obtain and maintain employment, resulting in financial independence. Assistance can be in the way of wages and benefits, and any other related disability costs associated with the hiring.

Who is eligible to participate? Metis, Inuit or other Aboriginal person not registered under the Indian Act, who have an “ongoing” physical or mental impairment that restricts his or her ability to obtain or maintain employment and is in need of assistance to get and keep work. For more information please contact the Northwest Metis Council office at 505 Main Street South,
Dauphin, Manitoba. Phone: 638-9485 Fax: 638-3878

Métis Disabilities Support Program (MDSP) (Ontario)

The MDSP provides support to Métis persons living with disabilities to prepare for, obtain, and keep employment or self-employment. The objective is to generate innovative activities, which support those persons living with disabilities but not eligible for employment benefits under the Employment Insurance Act. 
The types of supports available to Métis persons living with disabilities includes assistance securing and maintaining employment and to successfully complete training. Supports may also include special equipment, special needs devices, etc.

For more information, contact:

Your local Regional Employment and Training Coordinators or e-mail training@metisnation.org

http://www.metisnation.org/programs/education–training/employment-and-training-programs/metis-disabilities-support-program-(mdsp).aspx

Metis Nation of Ontario Student Bursary Program

The MSBP helps Metis pursuing education attain financial assistance in pursuit of vocational goals and post-secondary education. In partnership with various Ontario colleges and universities, Human Resources Development Canada and the Ontario Ministry of Education & Training, the MNO has established Endowment Awards for Metis Students in 32 Ontario post-secondary institutions under the Ontario Student Opportunity Trust Fund. Each award is backed by a trust fund that will allow these awards to be available annually. These awards have been completely established at Universities and Colleges across Ontario. Please see the Metis Nation of Ontario website below for a list of the participating institutions.

Metis Nation of Ontario Training Initiatives (MNOTI) is the employment and training delivery branch of the Metis Nation of Ontario (MNO). Since 1994, the MNO has worked for the rights of Metis in the province. The MNO’s Statement of Prime Purpose identifies providing education and employment opportunities as a priority. Through a partnership with Human Resources Development Canada, the MNO is able to offer a variety of programs and services in an effort to further this goal.

MNOTI is committed to promoting Metis economic self-suffiency through academic upgrading, on the job training and community projects.

For more information on Metis Nation of Ontario Training Initiatives:

MNOTI Head Office: 500 Old St. Patrick Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 9G4

PH: 613-798-1488  TF: 800-263-4889

www.metisnation.org

Employment and Entrepreneurial

Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Network

The Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Network provides inspiration, support, and networking to help people with disabilities turn dreams of owning a business into reality. If you are a person with a disability and banks have been unwilling to lend you money for a viable business project, you could get up to $150,000 to:

  • start or expand your business
  • buy and implement new technology
  • improve facilities and equipment
  • prepare marketing and promotions materials
  • get working capital

The program also provides certain business development services such as mentoring and business training. The program is delivered by Community Futures in rural areas and by select organizations in major western cities.

http://www.canadabusiness.ca/eng/summary/2702/

Aboriginal Business Canada (ABC)

Aboriginal Business Canada provides support to aboriginal entrepreneurs for a range of activities including business planning, start-up, expansion, and marketing. ABC works with clients including Aboriginal heritage groups, on and off-reserve, in urban, rural and remote areas. They provide eligible majority-owned Aboriginal enterprises with financial assistance, business information and resource materials, and referrals to other possible sources of financing or business support.

http://www.ainc-inac.gc.ca/ecd/ab/abc/index-eng.asp

Aboriginal Business Service Network (ABSN)

The Aboriginal Business Service Network builds on the structure of existing Canada Business service centres located across the country that provide free-of-charge access to government information on business programs, services, and regulations. These resources are tailored to meet the unique requirements of Aboriginal clients.

http://www.canadabusiness.ca/ns/absn

Alberta Disability Related Employment Supports

Disability Related Employment Supports is an Alberta Works program that provides job search supports, workplace supports, and education supports to help adult Albertans address barriers that may prevent them from being successful in the workplace or at school. For information contact the Career Opportunity Hotline or visit any Alberta Service Centre near you:

Toll Free in Alberta: 1-800-661-3753

TTD/TTY in Alberta: 1-800-232-7215

Edmonton: (780) 422-4266

TTD/TTY in Edmonton: (780) 422-5283

Career Information Hotline (Alberta)

Your place for expert answers. Get advice and referrals about your career, education and employment options in Alberta from Career Advisors at the Alberta Career Information Hotline by:

Resumé and job search resources are available

e-Questions can be sent directly to a Career Advisor

e-Resumé Review Service can help you with your resumé

Phone Monday to Friday 8:15 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 
Toll-free (within Canada) 1-800-661-3753
In Edmonton 780-422-4266

Disability Related Employment Supports – DRES

Disability related employment supports provide assistance to Albertans in overcoming the barriers to employment created by their disability. DRES provides individualized employment and training supports to people with disabilities to assist them to successfully:
complete AE&I programs and services; attend post-secondary institutions and AE&I approved training programs; enter the workforce and maintain employment.

Disability related employment supports are offered in four areas:

  • Workplace Supports Workplace supports assist Albertans to make a successful transition to the workplace or to maintain employment during a disability-related job crisis. The supports may include a job coach, worksite modification or assistive technology.
  • Job Search Supports DRES covers goods and services that are disability related and over and above those provided by mainstream services.  This could include, for example, a sign language interpreter so that a client with a hearing impairment can attend a job search workshop.
  • Educational Supports Educational support involves assistance to learners preparing for employment through post-secondary education, basic skill training, academic upgrading, or labour market programs. Support can include sign language interpreters, tutors, note takers, readers and student assistants.
  • Assistive Technology Assistive technology includes the purchase and set-up of technology supports required to alleviate, reduce or remove a barrier to education, training or employment. This can include software programs.

http://www.canadabusiness.ab.ca/index.php/financing/354-disability-related-employment-supports-dres

Labrador Fisheries Participation Permits for Métis People With Diabailities

NunatuKavut Community Council has permits for elders and people with disabilities that allow other NunatuKavut members participating in the recreational cod fishery to catch fish on your behalf, while not taking from their daily boat limit during the fall 2010 recreational cod fishery.   For more information please contact your nearest fishery guardian office.

  • Port Hope Simpson – NunatuKavut fishery guardian headquarters (709) 960-0407
  • Cartwright – Fishery Guardian Office (709) 938-7333
  • Happy Valley Goose Bay – main office – (709) 896-0592 ext 2241, Toll Free #: 1-877-896-0592

Or visit http://www.labradormetis.ca/home/67

Employability Assistance for People with Disabilities

Government of Saskatchewan – Advanced Education, Employment and Immigration

If you are an employer hiring a person with a disability, financial support is available to enable you to accommodate that individual in your workplace. The person you hire must be a Saskatchewan resident between 18-64 years of age who, because of a disability, requires special supports to become employed.

Eligible costs include:

  • short-term wage subsidy
  • technical supports
  • job coaching or shadowing

Capital costs are generally not approved.

http://www.canadabusiness.ca

Yukon Workplace Diversity Employment Office – Disability Services

he Workplace Diversity Employment Office (WDEO) Disability Services offers a variety of programs and supports for job seekers with disabilities.

  • Wage Subsidies:

Support for job-seeking clients with disabilities, with assistance for specific client needs

  • Hiring process information:

Informal discussions with individuals and groups about the Yukon government hiring process

  • Interview training:

Practical tips and first-hand experience with the Yukon government interview process 

  • Computer training:

Access to customized, intermediate-level software training and skills upgrading

  • Support services:

Personalized support services to assist persons with disabilities adapt to the corporate culture of the Yukon government, address accommodation needs, and help their colleagues understand each new employee’s reality

  • Accommodation solutions:

Assistance for individuals who require various accommodations in the workplace, including physical items or supports such as electronics, job coaches or communication equipment (Expertise is also offered to employees, supervisors and department personnel developing accommodation solutions.)

  • Funding supports:

Resources to assist with on-the-job training positions and, in some cases, for the initial period of employment for successful candidates with disabilities

  • Training and Work Experience Program

The Training and Work Experience Program is an opportunity for persons with disabilities to train on-the-job in the Yukon government. Placements are in a range of job categories in government departments. An individualized training plan is developed for each trainee. The plan is based on a combination of experience or skill development needs, and the requirements of the job. Each Training and Work Experience Program placement lasts a minimum of six months.

  • Auxiliary-on-call Program

The Auxiliary-on-Call (AOC) Program provides people to fill in for employees, in many areas of government, who are away from their jobs for various periods of time. The AOC Program meets short-term, immediate needs of departments for administrative support staff. Candidates “pre-certify” in specific job classifications before positions become available.

http://www.psc.gov.yk.ca/chrs/wdeo_disability.html

More resources

The Ability Edge

This program is geared to graduates and provides paid internship opportunities in a wide range of fields.

 

www.abilityedge.ca

National Educational Association of Disabled Students’ Online Work System.

This site allows you to search positions and post your resume for employers to view.

http://www.nows.ca/

Link Up

Provides employment services for people with disabilities, including a job bank and advice about job searching.

http://www.linkup.ca

Federal Student Work Experience Program

Gives students fair and equal access to student jobs offered by the Public Service of Canada.

http://jobs-emplois.gc.ca/index-eng.htm

Local Community Employment Resources:

Goodwill, The Amity Group, helps people overcome employment barriers and obtain work

www.goodwillonline.ca

Ontario March of Dimes

Provides a wide range of employment services to individuals with physical disabilities http://www.marchofdimes.ca/EN/Pages/default.aspx

Path Employment Services

Provides services to individuals with disabilities in the Hamilton community.

http://www.pathemployment.com/

Job Accommodation Network

A free consulting service that provides information about accommodations, disability legislation and self employment.

http://www.jan.wvu.edu

Safe Ability

A health and safety awareness program for persons with disabilities.

www.safeability.ca

Ministry of Social and Community Services Ontario Disability Support Program

Offers information as well as a variety of employment programs and supports

http://www.mcss.gov.on.ca/mcss/splash.htm

Job Accommodation Service (JAS)

A consulting service geared to employers to assist with accommodation.

http://www.ccrw.org/en/jas.html

Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work (CCRW)

A Canada-wide network of organizations and individuals, its mission is to promote and support meaningful and equitable employment of persons with disabilities. As innovators and agents of change, it builds partnerships, develop skills, shares knowledge and influences attitudes.  CCRW provides leadership in programs and services for job seekers with disabilities and businesses committed to equity and inclusion. A comprehensive information source for disability and employment resources, CCRW works with businesses of all sizes in all industries through its Job Accommodation Service (JAS)®, Partners for Workplace Inclusion Program (PWIP) and the eLearning Disability Awareness Series (DAS)®, and support to individual job seekers through its WORKink® site.

http://www.ccrw.org/

Partners for Workplace Inclusion Program (PWIP)

Are you a job seeker with a disability? 
Do you need assistance in achieving your employment and/or career goals? 
Are you an employer who wants a diverse workforce? PWIP provides job seekers with disabilities with tools to prepare for a career or secure employment. Highlights:

  • Supporting the development of individual vocational plans and portfolios specific to the career needs of the participants.
  • Providing tuition to Project participants as needed.
  • Accessing a wide range of employment programs and opportunities.
  • Enhancing participants’ pre-employment skills development.
  • Reducing barriers in the workplace by engaging employers in a successful, recognized best practices model program.
  • Acting as a resource to assist stakeholder groups in creating an inclusive workplace.

www.ccrw.org/pwip

Job Accommodation Service®

The Job Accommodation Service (JAS)® is a Canada-wide Industry-leading service for workplace accommodation solutions. With its multi-disciplinary pool of experts from throughout the country, this bilingual service offers public and private sector companies of all sizes advice, consultations, and assessment services in order to assist them to comply with their legal duty to accommodate. This fee-based service supports employers and employees in setting up an inclusive and healthy environment thereby preventing conflict, managing disability, as well as preventing occupational disability through ergonomic evaluations. The JAS® consultants recommend solutions that optimize performance and make diverse and healthy workplaces. Since the launch of the JAS® in 2000, the service has consulted on over 3000 requests and as a result, has greatly enhanced the success of employment of persons with disabilities. JAS help employers and their employees by:

▪                Recommending practical and realistic job accommodations solutions through professional on-site workplace assessments;

▪                Reviewing, developing or updating their workplace accommodation policies, procedures and services;

▪                Providing unbiased advice and consultation on how to handle specific accommodation issues;

▪                Educating and informing their staff on their legal duty to accommodate;

▪                Establishing a commitment to inclusive and diversity planning by bringing our expertise and participating in organizational days, workspaces and presentations to staff;

▪                Assisting and facilitating employees in communicating to employers their workplace barriers and challenges related to a disability;

▪                Reducing the risk of occupational disability and occurrence of disability leave by providing ergonomic evaluations;

▪                Acting as a neutral third-party in resolving conflict and discord related to accommodations issues through facilitation, mediation and problem-solving.

http://www.ccrw.org/main.php?id=63&category=programs_services

WORKinkTM

An online career development and employment portal for Canadians with disabilities, WORKink™ provides job search tools, career guidance and resources pertaining to education and employment.

http://www.workink.com/

Diability Employment Opportunity Centre/Employment Resource Centre

The DEOC Employment Resource Centre is an Employment Ontario sponsored facility, focused on meeting the employment needs of people with disabilities. The Centre provides a free service to persons with a disability, and is strictly voluntary and self-directed. It offers a hands-on approach to becoming job-ready. THe barrier free design and specialized equipment encourages persons with disabilities to be self-serving and independent in preparing themselves to become job ready. It can assist individuals with disabilities in all aspects of a job search, from résumé and cover letter writing to Internet job searches and interview tips. It is a place where persons with disabilities can access free employment information, resources and referrals to community partners to assist them in obtaining their employment goals.

http://www.deoc.ca/

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Parents, teachers and the disabled

Persons with disabilities on-line

This site provides access to services and information for persons with disabilities, family members, caregivers and all Canadians.

http://www.pwd-online.gc.ca/pwdh.4m.2@.jsp?lang=eng

Lorne Fraser Educational Fund

For people with mental illness to pursue post-secondary education.

Contact Walter (CMHA): 1-800-555-8222.

Residential Rehabilitation Assistance Program for Persons with Disabilities (RRAP — Disabilities)

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) offers financial assistance to allow homeowners and landlords to pay for modifications to make their property more accessible to persons with disabilities. These modifications are intended to eliminate physical barriers, imminent safety risks and improve the ability to meet the demands of daily living within the home.

http://www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/en/co/prfinas/prfinas_003.cfm

Child Disability Benefit (CDB)

The Child Disability Benefit (CDB) is a tax-free benefit for families who care for a child under age 18 who is eligible for the disability amount. A child is eligible for the disability amount when a qualified practitioner certifies, on Form T2201, Disability Tax Credit Certificate, that the child has a severe and prolonged impairment in physical or mental functions, and the CRA approves the form. The CDB is paid monthly to the Canada Child Tax Benefit (CCTB) eligible individuals and also as a supplement to the Children’s Special Allowances (CSA).

http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/bnfts/dsblty-eng.html

Canada Pension Plan Disability (CPPD)

Canada Pension Plan Disability (CPPD) provides financial assistance to CPP contributors who are unable to work because of a severe and prolonged disability.

http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/oas-cpp/cpp_disability/index.shtml

Canada Student Grant for Persons with Permanent Disabilities

Under this grant, students with permanent disabilities may receive $2,000 per academic year to help cover the costs of accommodation, tuition, and books.

http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/learning/canada_student_loan/cgsp.shtml

Canada Student Grant for Services and Equipment for Persons with Permanent Disabilities

Under this grant, students with permanent disabilities who have exceptional education-related costs such as tutors, note-takers, interpreters, braillers or technical aids may receive up to $8,000 per academic year.

http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/learning/canada_student_loan/cgsp.shtml

Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities

By providing contribution funding to individuals, employers and organizations, the Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities helps people with disabilities prepare for, obtain and maintain employment or self-employment.

The Opportunities Fund supports a variety of activities to help people with disabilities—in particular those who are not eligible for Employment Insurance (EI) benefits—overcome the barriers they may face as they enter the labour market. These activities may include:

  • helping individuals start their own business;
  • helping individuals increase their job skills;
  • helping individuals to integrate into the workplace through services that meet their special needs; and
  • encouraging employers to provide individuals with work opportunities and experience.

http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/disability_issues/funding_programs/opportunities_fund/index.shtml

Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP)

The Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) helps Canadians with disabilities and their families save for the future. If you are a Canadian resident under age 60 and are eligible for the Disability Tax Credit (Disability Amount), you are eligible for an RDSP. Earnings accumulate tax-free, until you take money out of your RDSP. Parents or guardians may open an RDSP for a minor. With written permission from the holder, anyone can contribute to the RDSP.

http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/disability_issues/disability_savings/index.shtml

Canadian Network for Innovation in Education

he Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE) is a national organization of professionals committed to excellence in the provision of innovation in education in Canada.

Canadian Network for Innovation in Education

Canadian Abilities Foundation

The Canadian Abilities Foundation convenes a forum for the exchange of information to promote an inclusive society and provide inspiration and opportunity for people with disabilities The CAF was founded in 1986 and has been a national leader and partner with other organizations and governments on various projects related to disability and communications. CAF’s on-line presence links people with disabilities to a world of resources.  For many people with disabilities, especially those who live in rural areas, online access is the key to finding the information they need.  It is a fully accessible online centre for developing communities of interest; complete with over twenty years’ worth of resources and connections.

www.abilities.ca

Aboriginal Canada Portal – Resources for teachers

Aboriginal Canada Portal – Resources for teachers

http://www.aboriginalcanada.gc.ca/acp/site.nsf/eng/ao31045.html

Thompson Rivers University

Disability Services is committed to providing services, and reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities, enabling them to integrate into the university environment and achieve their potential for success as self-directed, independent learners. Services and accommodations are tailored to students’ individual needs based on their documentation and the functional impact of their disability. Services may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Alternate-format texts
  • Accommodated examinations
  • Referrals for technical aids, adaptive technology and equipment
  • Applications for funding

http://www.tru.ca/distance/services/resources/disabilities.html

Persons with Disabilities Online – Education Planning

Use various resources to help you discover your interests and to help you plan your education.

Vocational Schools, Colleges and Universities

Find the school that matches your needs.

http://www.pwd-online.gc.ca/pwdl.3st@.jsp?lang=eng&cat=3_63

Grant MacEwan University

Services to Students with Disabilities offers a range of support services designed to provide students with disabilities with an equitable opportunity to access and participate fully in Grant MacEwan University courses.  Services are extended to full and part-time students, as well as prospective students.

http://www.macewan.ca/wcm/StudentServices/ServicestoStudentswithDisabilities/index.htm

More Resources

Child Care Options Training and Workshops

Child Care Options is a child care resource and referral program providing child care information, services, and support to families and child care providers in the communities of Delta, Surrey, and White Rock.

www.childcareoptions.ca/child_care_providers_professional_development.php

Canadian Association of Community Living (CACL)

For over 50 years, the Canadian Association for Community Living has been striving for the full inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities.

www.cacl.ca

Canadian Association of Family Resource Programs

FRP Canada promotes the well-being of families by providing national leadership, consultation and resources to those who care for children and support families.

www.frp.ca

Canadian Autism Intervention Research Network (CAIRN)

The only Canadian web site dedicated to posting the 
best available evidence-based findings on autism.

www.cairn-site.com

Canadian Childcare Federation

Committed to providing Canadians with the very best in early learning and child care knowledge and best practices.

www.cccf-fcsge.ca

FASD: Finding Hope

Families sharing stories of hope dealing with FASD.

http://www.knowledgenetwork.ca/findinghope/index.html

FASD – video

Picture This was created in Sioux Lookout, Ontario, within the Healthy Generations Family Support Program. This moving project – originally intended as part of a Photovoice exhibit – addresses the life experiences of parents of Children with FASD.

http://citizen.nfb.ca/picture-this

Learning Disabilities Association of Canada

Since 1963, the LDAC has provided leadership and support to people with learning disabilities (LD), their parents, teachers and other professionals. Working with our network of provincial/territorial and local partners, it provides cutting edge information on learning disabilities, practical solutions, and tools you can use.

http://www.ldac-acta.ca/

e-Mental health

Links to mental health services in localities around Canada.

http://www.ementalhealth.ca/splash.php

Odin Books

Mental health and education resources.

www.odinbooks.ca

Paediatrics information

Child and youth health information from paediatric experts.

http://www.caringforkids.cps.ca/

Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network

Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN) is a family-led organization founded to secure the future for people with disabilities.

www.plan.ca

Provincial Outreach Program for Autism and Related Disorders (POPARD)

Provides consultation, training and support services to all public and independent schools across the province of British Columbia with a primary focus on increasing the capacity of school district staff to support students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Valuable resources for all Canadians.

www.autismoutreach.ca

Special Link – The National Centre for Child Inclusion

Special Link puts researchers, policy makers, parents, early childhood educators and directors in touch with the best inclusive practices on the frontlines of Canadian child care.

www.specialinkcanada.org

Support Worker Central

Finding compatible support workers to assist you or your family member with a disability can be challenging. Support Worker Central is an online database designed to match individuals, families and agencies with support workers in their communities.

www.supportworkercentral.com

Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre

Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre provides information, referrals, training and resources to families, individuals and organizations who are seeking the best care and early learning for children.

www.wstcoast.org

My Precious Kid Child Safety Products

My Precious Kid Child Safety Products and Baby Gear has products for infants, children, adults, pets, the elderly, and children with special needs.

http://www.mypreciouskid.com/

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Provincial Specific

British Colombia

Access Kamloops

This category lists disability-specific resources in the areas of education and employment.

  • BC Permanent Disability Benefits Program – A student or former student who is or becomes permanently disabled during the lifetime of his BC student loan can apply to have his BC student loan forgiven in full. Contact: 1-800-561-1818.
  • Canada Study Grant for the Accommodation of Students with Permanent Disabilities – Up to $8,000 per year for help with costs related to a disability, including tutor, etc. Loan of computer available in some cases. Contact TRU Disability Coordinator: 250-828-5023.
  • Canada Study Grant High Need Part-Time – Help with tuition, supplies, transportation, etc. Applicant must be low-income, and unable (because of a disability, care of a dependent, or other reason) to study full-time. Contact TRU Financial Aid and Awards: 250-828-5024.

Canadian Mental Health Association’s Consumer Facilitation Fund – Small annual grant available to people with a diagnosed mental illness (including addiction) for recreation, employment, etc. Amount available varies from year to year. Details at: www.kamloops.cmha.bc.ca Contact: 250-374-0440.

Gardengate Training Centre

Offering workshops in gardening, canning, cooking, etc to adults with mental health concerns. Details at 250-554-9453

www.opendoorgroup.org/gardengate.php

Thompson Rivers University Open Learning

Students with permanent disabilities enrolled in an OL course may be able to access specialized tutoring funds for Adult Basic Education and/or Post-Secondary Education. Details at: www.tru.ca/distance/services/resources/disabilities.html. Contact: 250-828-5023 or dso@tru.ca.

  • Opportunities Fund – Assisting people with disabilities to prepare for, obtain, and keep employment, or to become self-employed. Details at: http://tinyurl.com/47j8vr. Contact Service Canada: 1-800-622-6232.
  • Self-Employment – For self-employment opportunities for people with and without disabilities, see this directory’s category ‘Business; Self-Employment’.
  • Open Door Group – Various programs supporting training and employment for people with disabilities. Details at: www.opendoorgroup.org. Contact: 250-377-3670.

Thompson Rivers University Disability Services – Providing services, and reasonable examination arrangements for students with disabilities, enabling them to integrate into the university environment and achieve their potential for success as self-directed, independent learners. Details at: www.tru.ca/staffairs/disabilities.html. Contact: 250-828-5023 or dso@tru.ca.
  • TRU Education & Skills Training – Employment training for students with a disability. Career exploration. Practicums in automotive, kitchen, retail. Details at: www.tru.ca/es. Contact: 250-828-5290.

Native Mental Health Association of Canada

General contact information
Address: 
800 Wellington Ave., P.O. Box 242, Chilliwack, British Columbia, V2P 6J7
Phone: 
604-793-1983
Disability focus: 
Mental health disability
Area: 
National

British Columbia Aboriginal Network on Disability Society (BCANDS)

Promotes the betterment of Aboriginal people with disabilities in the province of British Columbia. General contact information

Address: 
1179 Kosapsum Cr., Victoria, British Columbia, V9A 7K7

Contact: 
Yvon Gesinghaus

Title: 
Executive Director

Phone: 
250-381-7303

Toll-free: 
1-888-815-5511

Fax: 
250-381-7312

Email: 
info@bcands.bc.ca

Website: 
http://www.bcands.bc.ca

Publishes: 
Voices and Visions (Monthly (1/month)),

Disability focus: 
Cross-disability

Area: 
Provincial

ACT – Autism Community Training

ACT-Autism Community Training is an information and referral service created to support families of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in British Columbia.

www.actcommunity.net

Autism Spectrum Disorder – Ministry for Children and Family Development

A B.C. government site on autism, including resources for parents.

www.mcf.gov.bc.ca/autism/index.htm

More resources

Autism Funding in B.C.

A site on obtaining funding to help with autism therapy.

www.asdfunding.com

BC Association of Community Living

The BC Association for Community Living (BCACL) is a federation working with partners to build community and to enhance the lives of children, youth and adults with developmental disabilities and their families by supporting abilities, promoting action and advancing rights, responsibilities and social justice.

www.bcacl.org

BC Association of Family Resource Programs

The BC Association of Family Resource Programs (FRP-BC) is a not-for-profit provincial organization dedicated to promoting and supporting community-based Family Resource Programs.

www.frpbc.ca

BC Coalition of People with Disabilities

For over 30 years, the BC Coalition of People with Disabilities (BCCPD) has been a provincial, cross-disability voice in British Columbia. Its mission is to support people, regardless of their disability, to live with dignity, independence and as equal and full participants in society.  
It champions issues impacting the lives of people with disabilities through our direct services, community partnerships, advocacy, research and publications.

www.bccpd.bc.ca/s/Home.asp

BC Council for Families

Family life can be challenging.  When you have questions, you want reliable information and advice you can trust.  Here you’ll find practical, useful resources on parenting and family life.  And a community of families to connect and share with.

www.bccf.bc.ca

Community Living BC

CLBC helps adults with developmental disabilities and their families achieve goals and live the life they want. We help them get connected to their community and put paid supports in place when needed.

www.communitylivingbc.ca

Family Resource Library, BC Children’s Hospital

The Family Resource Library (FRL) is a consumer health library for families operated by volunteers and professional staff. Its mission is help to families and those working with them, to understand and manage the needs of children related to their diagnoses, tests and treatments.

www.bcchildrens.ca/frl

Family Support Institute

The Family Support Institute is a province-wide organization whose purpose is to strengthen and support families faced with the extraordinary circumstances that come with having a family member who has a disability. We believe that families are the best resource available to support one another. Directed by families, the Family Support Institute provides information, training and province-wide networking to assist families and their communities to build upon and share their strengths.

www.familysupportbc.com

Society for Children and Youth of BC

Dedicated to improving the well-being of children and youth.

www.scyofbc.org

Supported Child Development Program of BC

The Supported Child Development Program (SCDP) is a community-based program that assists families of children with extra support needs to access inclusive child care that meets family needs.  The program is intended to serve children from birth to 12, with services for youth 13 -19 years available in some communities.

www.scdp.bc.ca

The At Home Respite Program

The At Home Program assists parents with some of the extraordinary costs of caring for a child with severe disabilities at home through a range of health supports and services. It provides assistance in two main areas:

Respite Benefits allow parents to choose appropriate care options for their child and family.

Medical Benefits provide a range of basic, essential medical items and services

http://www.mcf.gov.bc.ca/at_home/

Let’s Face It! (LFI!) :

A multimedia, computer-based intervention program developed by cognitive scientists at the University of Victoria intended to teach face processing skills to children with autism or other related neurodevelopmental disorders. The LFI! program is free to the community and can be easily downloaded from the website:

http://web.uvic.ca/~jtanaka/letsfaceit

Vela Microboard

Vela is a non-profit society originally formed to offer subsidized housing to people with developmental challenges in the Greater Vancouver area of British Columbia.

www.microboard.org

Saskatchewan

National Aboriginal Clearing / Connecting House on Disability Issues

An information and resource centre for persons seeking information on disability issues or Aboriginal people. General contact information:

Address: 
200-103A Packham Ave., Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, S7N 4K4

Contact: 
Archie King

Phone: 
306-477-7300

Toll-free: 
1-800-661-0766

Fax: 
306-477-8894

TTY:: 
306-477-7300

Website: 
http://www.fsin.com

Publishes: 
Access (Quarterly (4/year)),

Disability focus: 
Cross-disability

Area: 
National

Saskatchewan First Nations Network on Disabilities Inc.

Creates awareness of the basic needs of First Nations people with disabilities and recognizes their full potential as contributing citizens in our society. General contact information

Address: 
200-103A Packham Ave., Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, S7N 4K4

Contact: 
Archie King

Phone: 
306-477-7305

Toll-free: 
1-800-315-1215

Fax: 
306-477-8894

Serves: 
People and parents of children with cross-disabilities

Publishes: 
Expanding the Circle (Bimonthly (every 2 months)),

Disability focus: 
Cross-disability

Area: 
Provincial

Indian and Métis Disability Outreach Services (Saskatchewan)

General contact information
Address: 
c/o Saskatoon & Metis Friendship Ctr., 168 Wall St., Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, S7K 1N4
Phone: 
306-244-0174
Fax: 
306-664-2536
Disability focus: 
Cross-disability

Provincial Métis Housing Corporation (PMHC) (Saskatchewan)

Provincial Métis Housing Corporation (PMHC) on behalf of Saskatchewan Housing Corporation (SHC) provides technical services for SHC Home Repair/Adaptation programs. PMHC conducts inspection services on behalf of SHC in the province of Saskatchewan, except northern Saskatchewan and the City of Regina.

Home Repair Programs are targeted for low-income homeowners to upgrade their properties to minimum health and safety standards to extend the useful life of the home by fifteen to twenty years. Home Adaptation Programs provides financial assistance to low-income homeowners who require modifications to their home to maintain independent living or to accommodate persons with a disability.

Home Repair Programs:

  • Homeowner Residential Rehabilitation Assistance Program (RRAP)
  • Emergency Repair Program (ERP)
  • Saskatchewan Emergency Repair Program (SERP)

Home Adaptation Programs:

  • Residential Rehabilitation Assistance Program
  • Persons with Disabilities (RRAP for Persons with Disabilities)
  • Home Adaptations for Seniors Independence Program (HASI)
  • Saskatchewan Home Adaptations for Independence Program (SHAIP)

Applications/information regarding all home repair programs can be obtained from Saskatchewan Housing Corporation www.socialservices.gov.sk.ca/housing

Ph: 1.800.667.7567. Or contact the Provincial Métis Housing Corporation 
406 Jessop Avenue Saskatoon, SK S7N 2S5 
Phone: 306.343.8240 
Fax: 306.343.1700 Toll Free: 1.877.396.7933

Saskatchewan Assured Income for Disability (SAID)

The SAID program, designed in collaboration with members of the disability community, will provide an income for persons with significant and long-term disabilities separate from the Saskatchewan Assistance Program (SAP).
For further information see the related links below or call the SAID program at 1-888-567-SAID (7243) or TTY 1-866-995-0099 [in Regina call 798-SAID (7243) or TTY 787-1065]. You can fax information to (306)787-9993.
http://www.socialservices.gov.sk.ca/SAID

Manitoba

Aboriginal Disabled Self Help Group (Winnipeg)

Provides advice and consultation services to the Aboriginal People with Disabilities Program and provides programming and activities for its clients. General contact information

Address: 
c/o Ctr. for Aboriginal HR Devel. Inc., 304-181 Higgins Ave., Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3B 3G1

Contact: 
Frances Sinclair

Phone: 
204-989-7110

Fax: 
204-989-7113

Serves: 
Aboriginal people with disabilities

Affiliation: 
Ctr. for Aboriginal Human Resource Development, Inc.

Disability focus: 
Cross-disability

Aboriginal People with Disabilities Program (Winnipeg)

Focuses on employment training and education for Aboriginal people with disabilities.

General contact information

Address: 
c/o Ctr. for Aboriginal HR Devel. Inc., 304-181 Higgins Ave., Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3B 3G1

Contact: 
Myra Hart

Title: 
Program Facilitator

Phone: 
204-989-7110

Fax: 
204-989-7113

Serves: 
Aboriginal people with disabilities

Disability focus: 
Cross-disability

Area: 
City of Winnipeg

Yukon

Yukon Council on Disabilities – Services

  • Targeted Wage Subsidies
- Targeted wage subsidies (TWS) are an employment benefit with the purpose of assisting targeted individuals to gain employment through direct work experience. TWS encourages employers to hire individuals that they would not normally hire in the absence of a subsidy. TWS can help unemployed people to gain experience to secure employment.
  • Pre-employment Services
- We offer a variety of individualized pre-employment services including resume and cover letter development, interview skills training, basic computer training and assisted job search. Informal career counselling is offered to people with disABILITIES who are exploring their career and education options.
  • Job Coaching and Employment Support
- Employment services may include, job coaching, work experience placements and follow up services. We provide ongoing support to help maintain healthy employer/employee relationships and develop problem solving strategies.

http://www.ycod.yk.ca/Services/tabid/56/Default.aspx

Northwest Territories

NWT Council of Persons with Disabilities

The NWT Council of Persons with Disabilities (NWT CPD) strives to fulfill its mission to achieve self-determination and full citizenship for persons with disabilities.  It does this by promoting awareness, opportunities, choices and participation in all aspects of life in the Northwest Territories.  The Council is committed to helping build caring, inclusive and responsible NWT communities.  The NWT CPD defines a disability as any degree of physical, sensory, psychiatric, cognitive, intellectual or learning limitation which causes difficulty in the usual activities of daily living. To achieve the guiding principles of individuality, self-determination and community inclusion, the Council offers a number of programs and services for NWT residents.

http://www.nwtability.ca/

Alberta

Alberta Youth Services Directory

Learning, Employment and Career Resources for use by Youth-Serving Authorities, Agencies, Parents and Youth, including resources for disabled and aboriginal persons.

http://www.child.alberta.ca/home/documents/youthprograms/Youth_Directory_FINAL_November_20061.pdf

Transition Planning Guide and PowerPoint Presentation

For Grade 9 to 12 students and their parents. Educators may want to review all three sections and use the PowerPoint Presentation to assist both parents and students with the transition from secondary to post-secondary school. The PowerPoint Presentation includes speaking notes for presenters. Planning Guides:

http://alis.alberta.ca/pdf/disabilities/tansguidedisabilitystudent.pdf

http://alis.alberta.ca/pdf/disabilities/transguidedisabilityparentstudent_English.pdf

http://alis.alberta.ca/pdf/disabilities/transguidedisabilityparent_English.pdf

Teaching Aboriginal Students with Learning Disabilities

Recognizing gifts and strengths: A guide for teachers

http://education.alberta.ca/media/307140/o08.pdf

Alberta Learning Information Service

Alberta Learning Information Service (ALIS) is the provincial gateway to help Albertans plan and achieve educational and career success! It provides information for career planning, post-secondary education and training, educational funding, job search, labour market trends, and workplace issues.

http://alis.alberta.ca

For Students with Disabilities

Here are great resources for students with disabilities, their parents, educators and other professionals.

http://alis.alberta.ca/et/ep/pps/planning/disability.html

For Aboriginal Students

Are you on the path to your dream career?

There are so many interesting paths out there, and lots of ways that you can make a big difference in your family, community and friends. If you’re not sure yet what your path is, check out CAREERinsite, a section on ALIS that can help you make these decisions.

How will you get there?

Training for your career path might lead you to a college, university, technical institute or into an apprenticeship program. You might decide to be a full-time or part-time student, or take your training in the classroom, on the Internet or through correspondence.

How much will it cost?

The choices you make will affect your costs, and some choices might even make you eligible for different types of scholarships, grants, bursaries or financial assistance. Your status as an Aboriginal person also makes a difference.

Find out the costs for your post-secondary program by visiting the website of the school you plan to attend. EDinfo can lead you there.

Explore the following links to learn more:

Paying for Your Education

Aboriginal Status

Funding Just for You

Other Funding

Getting Help

For more information visit:

http://alis.alberta.ca/ps/ep/pps/lc/plan/as/aboriginal.html

Métis Student Funding (Alberta)

Any post-secondary funding available for you is administered by the Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA). On its website, the MNA has compiled a list of scholarships and bursaries specifically available to Métis individuals.

In addition to funding resources available to non-Aboriginal individuals, you can apply for several scholarships and bursaries including the Métis and Non-Status Bursary Program, which is provided by Alberta Children and Youth Services. This bursary is designed for those who are interested in pursuing a career in social services.

http://www.child.alberta.ca/home/544.cfm

The MNA also offers the Labour Market Development (LMD) Program, which may provide tuition, fees, books and income support for Métis students entering post-secondary programs that are either: less than 52 weeks in length, a 2-year college diploma program; the last year of a university degree, or apprenticeship technical training.

For more information visit:http://www.albertametis.com/Services/Education.aspx

Disability Service Providers at Post-Secondary Institutions in Alberta

Alberta College of Art and Design Paul Roberge, Counselor 1407 – 14 Avenue NW Calgary, Alberta T2N 4R3 Telephone: (403) 284-7666

Fax: (403) 284-7636 E-mail: counselling@acad.ab.ca

Athabasca University Martin Reaney, Coordinator Peace Hills Trust Tower 12th Floor 10011 – 109 Street Edmonton, Alberta T5J 3S8 Telephone: (780) 497-3424 Toll Free: 1-800 788-9041 ext. 3424 Fax: (780) 421-2546 E-mail: asd@athabascau.ca/asd

Bow Valley College Denise Theunissen, Learning Difficulties/Disabilities Learning Resource Services 332 – 6 Avenue SE Calgary, Alberta T2G 4S6 Telephone: (403) 410-1645 Fax: (403) 297-4801 E-mail: dtheunissen@bowvalleycollege.ca

Grande Prairie Regional College Rosemary Kay, Academic Advisor & Students’ Resource Coordinator 10726 – 106 Avenue Grande Prairie, Alberta T8V 4C4 Telephone: (780) 539-2062 Toll Free: 1-888 539-4772 ext.2062 E-mail: rkay@gprc.ab.ca

Grant MacEwan College Abigail Parrish-Craig Counselor, Services to Students with Disabilities Co-Chair, Student Resource Centre 7-112A, 10700 – 104 Avenue Edmonton, Alberta T5J 4S2 Telephone: (780) 497-5811 Fax: (780) 497-4656 E-mail: parrishcraiga@macewan.ca

Lakeland College Leonard Wilhelm Special Needs Coordinator/Counselor 5707 – 47 Avenue West Vermilion, Alberta T9X 1K5 Telephone: (780) 853-8781 Toll Free: 1-800 661-6490 Fax: (780) 853-2955 E-mail: Leonard.Wilhelm@lakelandc.ab.ca

Lethbridge Community College Julie Deimert, Disability Counselor 3000 College Drive South Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 1L6 Telephone: (403) 329-7268 Toll Free: 1-800 572-0103 ext.7268 Fax: (403) 320-1461 E-mail: julie.deimert@lethbridgecollege.ab.ca

Mount Royal College Shan Robertson, Disabilities Consultant, Disabilities Services 4825 Mount Royal Gate SW Calgary, Alberta T3E 6K6 Telephone: (403) 440-6491 Fax: (403) 440-7255 E-mail: srobertson@mtroyal.ca

Mount Royal College Bonnie Blankert, Disabilities Consultant, Disabilities Services 4825 Mount Royal Gate SW Calgary, Alberta T3E 6K6 Telephone: (403) 440-5959 Fax: (403) 440-7255 E-mail: bblankert@mtroyal.ca

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology Diana Culo, Career Advisor 11762-106 Street Edmonton, Alberta T5G 2R1 Telephone: (780) 378-6133

Fax: (780) 471-7093 E-mail: DianaCulo@nait.ab.ca

Portage College Lisa Maheden, Contact Box 417 Lac La Biche, Alberta T0A 2C0 Telephone: (780) 623-5564 Fax: (780) 623-5660 E-mail: LisaMaheden@portagecollege.ca

Red Deer College Laurel Mutch, Disability Service Coordinator Box 5005 Red Deer, Alberta T4N 5H5 Telephone: (403) 342-3165 Toll Free: 1-888 732-4630 Fax: (403) 342-3424 E-mail: Laurel.Mutch@rdc.ab.ca

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology Tracy D. Orr, Counselor, Counseling Services 1301 -16 Avenue NW Calgary, Alberta T2M 0L4 Telephone: (403) 284-7023 Fax: (403) 284-8999 E-mail: tracy.orr@sait.ca

University of Alberta Marion Vosahlo, Director, Specialized Support and Disability Services 2-800 Students’ Union Building Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2J7 Telephone: (780) 492-3381 TTY: (780) 492-7269 Fax: (780) 492-6701 E-mail: marion.vosahlo@ualberta.ca

University of Alberta Jean A. H. Jackson, Alternate Format Coordinator/Advisor Specialized Support and Disability Services 2-800 Students’ Union Building Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2J7 Telephone: 780-492-3381 TTY: 780-492-7269 Fax: 780-492-6701 E-mail: jean.jackson@ualberta.ca

University of Calgary Pat Pardo, Director, Disability Resource Centre 2500 University Drive NW Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4 Telephone: (403) 220-8935 Fax: (403) 210-1063 E-mail: ppardo@ucalgary.ca

Merlin Keillor, Adaptive Technology Advisor, Disability Resource Centre 2500 University Drive NW Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4 Telephone: (403) 220-7785

Fax: (403) 289-4409 E-mail: keillor@ucalgary.ca

University of Lethbridge Christine Johnson, Learning Strategist 4401 University Drive Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 3M4 Telephone: (403) 329-2281 TDD: (403) 317-2829 Fax: (403) 329-2003 E-mail: Christine.Johnson@uleth.ca

Facilitator Guides for Parent Workshops

Comprehensive guides facilitators and other professionals can use to provide workshops for parents of junior and senior high school students considering post-secondary education or training.

http://alis.alberta.ca/pdf/disabilities/parentworkshopfacilitatorguide.pdf

Ontario

Ontario Programs for People with Disabilities

List of consulting services and organizations providing services to improve access for employees and customers with disabilities.

  • Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP)
  • Job Connect Program
  • Community Mental Health Employment Programs
  • Assistive Devices Program (ADP)
  • Attendant Outreach Services
  • Information on Services for People with Disabilities on the Internet

http://www.mcss.gov.on.ca/en/mcss/programs/social/odsp/

Meta Centre for the Developmentally Disabled (Ontario)

Assists children and adults with developmental disabilities to improve their quality of life via lifestyle planning and community integration. General contact information:

Address: 
400-1315 Finch Ave. W., Toronto, Ontario, M3J 2S6

Contact: 
Mimma Regina

Title: 
Executive Director

Phone: 
416-736-0199

Extension: 
224

Fax: 
416-736-4825

Email: 
torlando@metacentre.ca

Website: 
http://www.metacentre.ca

Serves: 
Adults and children with developmental disabilities

Disability focus: 
Intellectual disability

University of Toronto – Special Needs Opportunity Windows

The Special Needs Opportunity Windows or SNOW Project is a provider of online resources and professional development opportunities for educators and parents of students with special needs.

As an essential part of the Inclusive Design Research Centre at Ontario College of Art & Design University (OCADU) Special Needs Opportunity Window (SNOW) is dedicated to universal design practices in education. This site has been designed as a virtual hub for people with disabilities, parents, educators, technologists and others to engage in topics and forums related to inclusive education and accessible technologies.

Special Needs Opportunity Window (SNOW) is an accessible interactive site that acts as a space to unite community members and organizations to engage with resources, current events, upcoming conference, online courses and social networking groups on projects related to accessibility and inclusive design. Special Needs Opportunity Window (SNOW) offers innovative approaches on how to incorporate technology into teaching practices, what to consider when planning and teaching for the diversity of learning needs in the classroom and how to work within the public school system to acquire the individualized services needed for all students.

Teaching Strategies – This section will give you some ideas of the nature of the various difficulties some students experience and strategies for how to help students with special needs to do their best work in your classroom.

Ministry Guidelines – In this section you will find information regarding special education programs under Ontario’s current educational legislation. A summary of the current educational legislation is provided with key areas of the special education process i.e. Identification, Placement and Review Committees (IPRC)

Special Programs – Samples of best practice programs that may be freely utilized by SNOW readers.

Disabilities and Special Needs – This section provides a list of social, educational, and political resources for people with special needs, caregivers, and educators.

Education Resources – This section provides listings of general resources for educators, with a geographical focus on Ontario.

http://snow.idrc.ocad.ca/

Metis Nation of Ontario Student Bursary Program

The MSBP helps Metis pursuing education attain financial assistance in pursuit of vocational goals and post-secondary education. In partnership with various Ontario colleges and universities, Human Resources Development Canada and the Ontario Ministry of Education & Training, the MNO has established Endowment Awards for Metis Students in 32 Ontario post-secondary institutions under the Ontario Student Opportunity Trust Fund. Each award is backed by a trust fund that will allow these awards to be available annually. These awards have been completely established at Universities and Colleges across Ontario. Please see the Metis Nation of Ontario website below for a list of the participating institutions.

Metis Nation of Ontario Training Initiatives (MNOTI) is the employment and training delivery branch of the Metis Nation of Ontario (MNO). Since 1994, the MNO has worked for the rights of Metis in the province. The MNO’s Statement of Prime Purpose identifies providing education and employment opportunities as a priority. Through a partnership with Human Resources Development Canada, the MNO is able to offer a variety of programs and services in an effort to further this goal.

MNOTI is committed to promoting Metis economic self-suffiency through academic upgrading, on the job training and community projects.

For more information on Metis Nation of Ontario Training Initiatives:

MNOTI Head Office:

500 Old St. Patrick Street

Ottawa, Ontario K1N 9G4

PH: 613-798-1488

TF: 800-263-4889

www.metisnation.org

Ontario Programs and Resources for People With Disabilities

http://www.ontario.ca/en/communities/disabilities/index.htm?openNav=residents

More http://www.ontario.ca/en/communities/disabilities/ONT04_024973

Additional programs for aboriginal people http://www.ontario.ca/en/communities/aboriginal/index.htm?openNav=residents

 

Tip Sheets

New South Wales Council for Intellectual Disability Fact Sheet

New South Wales Council for Intellectual Disability Fact Sheet

http://www.nswcid.org.au/health/se-health-pages/standard-fact-sheets.html

Novita Children’s Services (Australia) Fact Sheets

Disability resources on a wide range of topics for parents and educators.

http://www.novita.org.au/FileDownload/Factsheet.aspx?p=417&k=#filter

Air Travel Tips for People with Disabilities

Air Travel Tips for People with Disabilities

http://www.miusa.org/ncde/tipsheets/airlinetips

Post-Secondary Funding for Students with Disabilities

Find out about funding sources and how to apply.

http://alis.alberta.ca/pdf/disabilities/informationsheet.pdf

Respectful Disability Language

A guide for using appropriate disability language and terminology

http://www.miusa.org/ncde/tools/respect

Disability Culture in Different Countries

Disability Culture in Different Countries

http://www.miusa.org/ncde/tools/disabilityculture

Disability Tips Sheet – Communicating With Disabled Individuals

Disability Tips Sheet – Communicating With Disabled Individuals

http://www.helpstartshere.org/health-and-wellness/disability-tip-sheet.html

Writing about people with disabilities

Finding Work Opportunities as a Person With a Disability

Finding Work Opportunities as a Person With a Disability

http://alis.alberta.ca/ep/eps/tips/tips.html?EK=12435

Accommodations – Working With Your Disabilities

Accommodations – Working With Your Disabilities

http://alis.alberta.ca/ep/eps/tips/tips.html?EK=165

Job Interviews for Persons With Disabilities

Job Interviews for Persons With Disabilities

http://alis.alberta.ca/ep/eps/tips/tips.html?EK=164

Succeeding in the Workplace as a Person With a Disability

Succeeding in the Workplace as a Person With a Disability

http://alis.alberta.ca/ep/eps/tips/tips.html?EK=162

Talking About Invisible Disabilities

Talking About Invisible Disabilities

http://alis.alberta.ca/ep/eps/tips/tips.html?EK=7371

What to Say About Your Disability – and When

What to Say About Your Disability – and When

http://alis.alberta.ca/ep/eps/tips/tips.html?EK=163

Virginia Commonwealth University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center Research Factsheets

International Resources

Australia Resources

Australian Disability Clearinghouse on Education and Training (ADCET)

The Australian Disability Clearinghouse on Education and Training (ADCET) provides information and resources to support the work of disability practitioners in the postsecondary education and training sector.

http://www.adcet.edu.au/

Building the capacity of the Aboriginal Disability Rights Movement

A Way Forward; Building the capacity of the Aboriginal Disability Rights Movement was presented by Damian Griffis, Executive Officer, Aboriginal Disability Network at the Disability Inclusive Development 2-day forum on Capacity Development & Networking – July ‘09

http://www.ndcovictoria.net.au/What-We-Do/NDCO-Events-(1).aspx

Engaging Indigenous people with Disabilities

A paper presented by Angela Singh A/g Deputy State Manager, Victoria, Australia. Feb. ‘07)

http://www.adcet.edu.au/StoredFile.aspx?id=2013&fn=EngagingIndigenousPeopleWithDisabilities.pdf

Broaden Your Horizons

Broaden Your Horizons is a centralized website that houses resources relating to young people with disabilities. This resource is dedicated to provide quality career and transition information and support services to young people with disabilities. The aim of this site is to create an easy, time-efficient way to source targeted transition information for young people.

http://www.imvc.com.au/content/broaden-your-horizons

Aboriginal Disability Network NSW

The AND brings together Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability to- tell their stories, give each other support, create a voice for positive change, speak for themselves.

http://www.pwd.org.au/adnnsw/

CanDo4Kids

Townsend House provides a range of services, programs and activities to children and young adults up to 25 years of age who are blind/vision impaired, deaf/hearing impaired, or deaf blind, and who may have additional disabilities.

http://www.cando4kids.com.au/DesktopDefault.aspx

Centrelink Allowances

Allowances for Careers

http://www.centrelink.gov.au/…

Allowances for individuals with a disability

http://www.centrelink.gov.au/…

Children with disability: Report July 2006

‘Children with disabilities’ Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Disability Updates Issue 42, July 2006

http://www.aihw.gov.au/publications/aus/bulletin42/bulletin42.pdf

Complaints Resolution and Referral Service

The CRRS is a service the helps people with disability sort out complaints about disability employment and advocacy services funded by the Australian Government. http://www.crrs.org.au

Council for Intellectual Disability NSW

CID is the peak organization in NSW representing the rights and interests of people with a disability.

http://www.nswcid.org.au/

Criminal Justice Support Network NSW

The CJSN supports people with an intellectual disability who are in contact with the criminal justice system, in court processes and at police stations, using trained volunteers to provide face to face support in 3 areas- Sydney, Hunter and Southern NSW. Much of the information is relevant to other states.

http://www.idrs.org.au/cjsn/

Disability Information and Resource Centre (DIRC)

Local services and facilities in South Australia.

www.dircsa.org.au

Disability Online

Information for people with a disability, their families and carers. (Victoria) 
www.disability.vic.gov.au

Edbydesign Access to special needs learning resources and information for teachers, therapists and parents caring for children with intellectual disabilities. http://www.edbydesign.com/

Ethnic Disability Advocacy Centre (EDAC)

http://www.edac.org.au/

Guardianship Board (South Australia)

Appoints guardians for people with disabilities who are over 16 years of age and are unable to make their own decisions and need a legally appointed substitute decision maker

http://www.guardianshipboard.sa.gov.au/

Guardianship Tribunal NSW

A legal tribunal which appoints guardians for people with disabilities who are over 16 years of age and are incapable of making their own decisions and need a legally appointed substitute decision maker because no appropriate or safe informal arrangements are in place. Also associated with Office of the Public Guardian and Office of the Protective Comissioner.

http://www.gt.nsw.gov.au/

Multicultural Disability Advocacy Association of NSW

The MDAA is the peak body for people from a non-English speaking background with a disability and their families and careers in NSW. MDAA aims to promote, protect and secure the rights and interests of people from a NESB background with a disability and their families and careers in NSW. It is a very active organization that publishes a regular and valuable newsletter.

http://www.mdaa.org.au/index.html

NICAN

Information on recreation, tourism, sport and the arts for people with disabilities. Funded by the Federal Department of Family and Community Services (Australia)

http://www.nican.com.au/index.asp

Novita Children’s Services

Providing therapy, equipment and home support services to South Australian children and young people with physical disabilities.

http://www.novita.org.au/default.aspx?p=1

People with Disability

PWD is a national peak disability rights and advocacy organization. Its primary membership is made up of people with disability and organizations primarily constituted by people with disability. They have a cross disability focus. They provide information, short term advocacy, advocacy around systems issues, representation to government, disability sector coordination, and disability rights related research and training and education.

http://www.pwd.org.au/

Siblings Australia, Inc

Aims to increase awareness of services for families, and in particular, brothers and sisters of children with special needs (disability or chronic illness).

http://www.siblingsaustralia.org.au

Sports CONNECT

Sports CONNECT is a national framework (Australia) that works to build pathways for people with disabilities to get involved in sport, by creating and developing relationships between sports and disability organisations.

http://www.ausport.gov.au/participating/disability/get_involved/pathways

Students with Disabilities

Website of the Ministerial Advisory Committee (South Australia) providing advice to the Minister for Education and Children’s Services

http://www.macswd.sa.gov.au/

Quality Educational Practices for Students with Asperger Syndrome 2006

This report of the Ministerial Advisory Committee: Students with Disabilities (MAC:SWD) describes quality educational practices for students with Asperger syndrome, as observed in South Australian schools. It is also a useful resource for educators, as they assist students with Asperger syndrome and their families.

http://www.macswd.sa.gov.au/files/links/Asperger_report_771KB_PDF.pdf

Aboriginal Students with Disabilities Report (Australia)

Family and community are central to the lives of most Aboriginal people. It is important for Aboriginal children with a disability to maintain their cultural connections and not become isolated as a consequence of disability-focused interventions, particularly during their years at preschool and school. Aboriginal communities tend to accept difference and do not think in terms of labeling a child according to a medical model of disability. As a result, Aboriginal families do not necessarily respond to a set diagnostic label and do not see their children in terms of what they are unable to do. The bio-psycho-social model of disability, which considers disability to be a dynamic state of restricted function within a given environment, is closer to the Aboriginal way. In addition, families may not react positively to professionals that provide support by issuing a list of instructions on how to implement a specified intervention program. Aboriginal cultural life is based on relationships established over time. Support services that recognize and accommodate Aboriginal values are more likely to be successful, resulting in improved outcomes for Aboriginal children with a disability and their families.

http://www.decs.sa.gov.au/docs/documents/1/MinisterSReportAboriginal.pdf

Your Own Path To Success

Created by the NSW and ACT National Disability Coordination Officers (NDCOs), this short video aims to raise awareness of the wide scope of disability, and that you do not need to have an obvious or significant disability in order to seek support and assistance to achieve Your Own Path To Success. It introduces the supports and assistance that may be available to assist people who have a disability to participate actively in their community, particularly in education and employment.

www.yourownpathtosuccess.com

New Zealand Resources

Maori Disability Support Services

Provides information for Māori living with an impairment or disability and their whanāu, family, friends or carers. A number of Māori provider organizations offer services for Māori who have a disability, and have services specifically for Māori.

http://www.moh.govt.nz/moh.nsf/indexmh/disability-maorisupport

Guidelines for Cultural Assessment

These guidelines provide tikanga-based assessment for Māori with an intellectual disability under the Intellectual Disability Compulsory Care and Rehabilitation Act 2003.

http://www.moh.govt.nz/moh.nsf/by+unid/F6F798D74E6A890ACC256F08000F49B8?Open

He Korowai Oranga: Māori Health Strategy

This document sets the direction for Māori health development in the health and disability sector for the next five to 10 years.

http://www.moh.govt.nz/moh.nsf/by+unid/8221E7D1C52C9D2CCC256A37007467DF?Open

Whakatātaka: Māori Health Action Plan 2002-2005

This document outlines what the Government will do to implement the strategy. Specific actions to address the participation of Māori with disabilities in te oa Māori and wider New Zealand society are outlined in the Māori Disability Action Plan [link to plan].

http://www.moh.govt.nz/moh.nsf/by+unid/E09B7F5EB0A2665CCC256C70007D22EC?Open

U.S. Resources

American Indian Disability Technical Assistance Center

The American Indian Disability Technical Assistance Center or AIDTAC is an information and technical assistance center that works with American Indian tribes and Alaskan Native villages to help their members with disabilities live healthy lives as part of the community.

http://aidtac.ruralinstitute.umt.edu/

Association of American Indian Physicians

Has a mission to pursue excellence in Native American healthcare by promoting education in the medical disciplines, honoring traditional healing principles and restoring the balance of mind, body, and spirit.

http://www.aaip.org/

Capacity Building For American Indians Project

Assisting American Indians, Alaska Natives and minority entities to develop and maintain culturally appropriate vocational rehabilitation programs.

http://www4.nau.edu/ihd/CBAIP.asp

Consortia of Administrators for Native American Rehabilitation (CANAR)

The mission of CANAR is to serve as an avenue for collaboration and cooperation between Administrators of rehabilitation projects serving Native American persons with disabilities, to increase and enhance the quality of services, resulting in positive outcomes for Native American persons with disabilities

http://www.canar.org/index.php

Indian Health Service Home Page

Has a mission to raise the physical, mental, social, and spiritual health of American Indians and Alaska Natives to the highest level and to assure that comprehensive, culturally acceptable personal and public health services are available and accessible to American Indian and Alaska Native people.

http://www.ihs.gov/

National Indian Child Welfare Association

A comprehensive source of information on American Indian child welfare and works on behalf of Indian children and families. NICWA provides public policy, research, and advocacy; information and training relating to Indian child welfare; and community development services to a broad national audience including tribal governments and programs, state child welfare agencies, and other organizations, agencies, and professionals interested in the field of Indian child welfare.

http://www.nicwa.org/

National Indian Health Board

The National Indian Health Board will advocate on behalf of all Tribal Governments and American Indians/Alaska Natives in their efforts to provide quality health care.

http://www.nihb.org/

The National Indian Parent Information Center

Nation-wide resource for Native American families, tribes, communities, parent centers.

http://www.nipic.org/

National Native American AIDS Prevention Center

The National Native American AIDS Prevention Center’s (NNAAPC) mission is to stop the spread of HIV and related diseases among American Indians, Alaskan Natives, Native Hawaiians, and to improve the quality of life for those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.

http://www.nnaapc.org/

Native American Health Links

Links to health issues that face Native Americans.

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/nativeamericanhealth.html

Office of Minority Health

Advises on public health issues affecting American Indians and Alaska Natives, Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders, Blacks/African Americans, and Hispanics/Latinos.

http://minorityhealth.hhs.gov/

Pathways to Improving Outreach to American Indians and Alaska Natives who are Deaf, Deaf-Blind, and Hard of Hearing

Project to address key rehabilitation outreach needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deaf-Blind, and who are living in urban settings or are in transition from tribal lands.

http://www.uark.edu/depts/rehabres/AmericanIndian/Study.htm

U.S. Office on Disability

The Health and Human Services Office on Disability (OD) oversees the implementation and coordination of programs and policies that enhance the health and well-being of people with disabilities across all ages, races, and ethnicities.

http://www.hhs.gov/od/

National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities

The Center is dedicated to helping people live to the fullest. Much of our work focuses on protecting people who are especially vulnerable to health risks – babies, children, people with blood disorders, and people with disabilities.

http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/index.html

Videos: http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/socialmedia/videos.html

Disability@gov

Connecting the disability community to information and opportunities.

http://www.disability.gov/

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY)

Parent’s Guide to Accessing Programs for Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers with Disabilities – NICHCY has written a guide for parents on how to get early intervention services for children ages birth to 3 years and special education services for children ages 3 to 5 years.

http://www.nichcy.org/InformationResources/Documents/NICHCY%20PUBS/pa2.pdf

Moving to a New Location – Ideas about easing moves for children with disabilities.

http://www.nichcy.org/FamiliesAndCommunity/Pages/moving.aspx

Assistive Devices

If you have a disability or injury, you may use a number of assistive devices. These are tools, products or types of equipment that help you perform tasks and activities. They may help you move around, see, communicate, eat, or get dressed. Some are high-tech tools, such as computers. Others are much simpler, like a “reacher”, a tool that helps you grab an object you can’t reach. A listing of resources is available at:

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/assistivedevices.html

Technical Assistance and Dissemination Network

Resources from the US Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), including OSEP’s technical assistance and dissemination network and its parent training and information centers.

http://www2.ed.gov/parents/needs/speced/resources.html

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): A Resource for School and Home

How ADHD is identified and treated. Includes legal requirements, treatment options, and ways to improve life at school and at home for children diagnosed with ADHD. Written for families and educators.

http://www2.ed.gov/rschstat/research/pubs/adhd/adhd-identifying.html

Family & Advocates Partnership for Education

A partnership to improve educational outcomes for children with disabilities. Provides information on the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), referrals to disability organizations, and information on best practices.

http://www.fape.org/

Disabilities Information Center

Find information about disabilities, special education, and related services for children in school. Includes information on individualized education programs (IEPs), disability organizations, professional associations, laws, and early intervention services for infants and toddlers.

http://www.nichcy.org/Pages/Home.aspx

Deaf-Blindness National Clearinghouse

Information and referral service related to children and youth who are deaf-blind. Topics include early intervention, education, health, employment, legal issues, post-secondary education, and independent living.

http://www.nationaldb.org/

National Institute on Disability & Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR)

Find programs, grants and funding, policies, publications, research, and additional resources for the rehabilitation of individuals with disabilities.

http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/osers/nidrr/index.html

Office of Special Education Programs

Homepage of the US Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs.

http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/osers/osep/index.html

Special Education Resources

Organizations that provide information or assistance related to special education.

http://wdcrobcolp01.ed.gov/Programs/EROD/queries/word_specific_results.cfm?Word=Special%20Education&Category=Subject

Parent Training and Information Centers

Find parent centers in your state that provide training and information about infants, toddlers, school-aged children, and young adults with disabilities. GO >

http://www.taalliance.org/index.asp

Publications

ED grants, reports, and other publications related to improving education for Americans with disabilities.

http://www.edpubs.gov/

State Disability Resources and Organizations

Find organizations in U.S. states that address disability-related issues. Includes state agencies, state chapters of disability organizations, parent groups, and parent training and information projects.

http://www.nichcy.org/Pages/StateSpecificInfo.aspx

Child Development Institute

Access to information and resources for parent (USA)

www.childdevelopmentinfo.com

Kinderstart

Information on child development, including children with special needs. (USA)

www.kinderstart.com/childdevelopment

Virginia Commonwealth University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center

The purpose of the RRTC is to study those supports that are most effective for assisting individuals with disabilities maintain employment and advance their careers. The primary stakeholders for this project are persons with disabilities, with an emphasis on those who are unemployed, underemployed or at risk of losing employment.

They specifically target those individuals from traditionally underrepresented populations with diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, since this group is most at risk in America. The secondary stakeholders include rehabilitation professionals, families, and persons working in business and industry.

http://www.worksupport.com/

Kinderstart

Information on child development, including children with special needs. (USA)

www.kinderstart.com/childdevelopment

National Center for the Dissemination of Disability Research

Links the work of disability researchers with service providers and educators.

http://www.ncddr.org

Cornell University Employment and Disability Institute – Disability Employment Research

The Employment and Disability Institute conducts research focused on inclusive workplaces, effective employment and disability policy. It examines employer and human resources policies and practices in minimizing employment discrimination in both private and federal workplaces. It conducts policy research about how the economy, public policies, and other socio-political factors affect the employment and economic self-sufficiency of people with disabilities.

http://www.ilr.cornell.edu/edi/index.cfm

Virginia Commonwealth University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center

The purpose of the RRTC is to study those supports that are most effective for assisting individuals with disabilities maintain employment and advance their careers. The primary stakeholders for this project are persons with disabilities, with an emphasis on those who are unemployed, underemployed or at risk of losing employment.

They specifically target those individuals from traditionally underrepresented populations with diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, since this group is most at risk in America. The secondary stakeholders include rehabilitation professionals, families, and persons working in business and industry.

http://www.worksupport.com/

Cornell University Employment and Disability Institute – Disability Employment Research

The Employment and Disability Institute conducts research focused on inclusive workplaces, effective employment and disability policy. It examines employer and human resources policies and practices in minimizing employment discrimination in both private and federal workplaces. It conducts policy research about how the economy, public policies, and other socio-political factors affect the employment and economic self-sufficiency of people with disabilities.

http://www.ilr.cornell.edu/edi/index.cfm

National Employer Technical Assistance, Policy, and Research Center (ODEP)

The National Employer Technical Assistance, Policy, and Research Center is a one stop resource for private and federal employers seeking to recruit, hire, and retain qualified employees with disabilities. The Center provides free, confidential consultation, training, and support to assist employers in expanding their inclusion and diversity efforts by integrating employees with disabilities in the workplace. Resources include linkages to national networks of available job seekers, a toll-free number for one-on-one technical assistance, information about best practices, webinars, and a monthly newsletter. The Center also engages in research to keep current on emerging employment trends and policies and disseminates resulting reports, including disability statistics.

http://www.ilr.cornell.edu/edi/c-employment.cfm

Disability Employment Policy Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC)

Cornell University serves as the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy for Persons with Disabilities (EmploymentRRTC). The RRTC conducts coordinated research, training, and dissemination activities aimed at deepening the understanding of policy makers and other stakeholders about how the economy, public policies, and other socio-political factors affect the employment and economic self-sufficiency of people with disabilities. The EmploymentRRTC takes an economic approach to research that focuses on the impact of policy and socio-cultural factors on the work outcomes of people with disabilities.

http://www.ilr.cornell.edu/edi/p-eprrtc.cfm

Using the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Employment Discrimination Charge Data System for Research and Dissemination Purposes

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) any individual who believes that his or her employment rights have been violated on the basis of disability may file a charge of discrimination with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). This NIDDR-funded project analyzes trends in employment discrimination charges related to the ADA. Using records from the EEOC covering employment discrimination charges under Title I of the ADA and other laws from 1992-2003, we are exploring trends over time and across the states, and investigating whether these trends are related to changes in the composition of the population with disabilities and changes in labor market conditions. We are also examining the changes in the composition of charges over time with respect to the characteristics of charging party, the size and industry of the employer, and the type of alleged discriminatory treatment. In addition, we will investigate the potential impact of Supreme Court decisions on individual discriminaion charge filings.

http://www.ilr.cornell.edu/edi/p-eeoc.cfm

Employer Disability Non-Discrimination Research

Cornell University has been working since 1998 to survey over 2500 staff in the private sector in both the U.S. and Great Britain, as well as human resources and EEO staff, and supervisors in the U.S. federal government. We asked questions about the employment process, existing barriers for people with disabilities, and ways to overcome these barriers. Our partners in these efforts included the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the National Business Group on Health, the Lewin Group, the Presidential Task Force on the Employment of Adults with Disabilities, the U.K. Employers Forum on Disability and the Institute for Personnel and Development.

http://www.ilr.cornell.edu/edi/p-survey.cfm

Disability & HR:
Tips for Human Resource (HR) Professionals

Providing tools to help HR professionals build inclusive workplaces. Provides articles, checklists, a glossary, and links to useful disability resources to help Human Resource (HR) professionals accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

www.hrtips.org

Longitudinal Study of the Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program (LSVRSP)

Find all the data and information from the Longitudinal Study of the Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program (LSVRSP)

www.lsvrsp.org

Independence

Online primer on public policy relating to employment of people with disabilities

http://www.ilr.cornell.edu/edi/independence/default.htm

ediONLINE: Online Professional Development Courses and Certificate Programs in Disability, Workplace & Employment Support Practice

ediONLINE is the Employment and Disability Institute’s vehicle for providing high quality online training to managers, practitioners, advocates and policy makers in the disability field in order to improve and enhance effectiveness in supporting employment outcomes and greater economic self-sufficiency for people with disabilities. These courses bridge the gap between policy and practice by providing you with practical applications, hands-on learning, leading-edge skills, and knowledge that you can immediately apply to your work.

http://www.ilr.cornell.edu/edi/ediOnline/ediOnline.cfm

Benequal

Provides online tutorials for facilitators and participants of the Benequal Organizational Assessment; also provides an online assessment tool to assess the efficacy of services and supports delivered by BPA&O Programs and the extent to which these programs are managed effectively.

www.benequal.org

Disability Medicare Wizard

Provides an online tutorial and calculator to assist SSA-sponsored benefits planners and advocates to determine when a Title II beneficiary’s Extended Medicare Coverage (post-implementation of the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act) will cease as a result of work and earnings

www.medicarewizard.org

Person Centered Planning

Online overview of the person-centered planning process and self-study course with quizzes and resource lists.

www.personcenteredplanning.org

National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET)

NCSET coordinates national resources, offers technical assistance, and disseminates information related to secondary education and transition for youth with disabilities in order to create opportunities for youth to achieve successful futures. NCSET is headquartered at the Institute on Community Integration in the University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development.

http://www.ncset.org/

Youthhood

This Web site is a dynamic, curriculum-based tool that can help young adults plan for life after high school. Although the site addresses youth directly, it is intended to be used as a curriculum within a classroom, community program, or in any setting where adults are working with youth to set goals and plan for the future. The Youthhood includes informational content, interactive activities, an online magazine, and a wealth of other opportunities for youth to connect what’s important to them to their learning experiences.

http://www.youthhood.org/

Transition Solutions

A strategic alliance of the nation’s top researchers, educators, and technical assistance providers in the areas of transition systems change, education reform, postsecondary education, workforce preparation, and team and leadership development. The Transition Solutions team can help your state agency and local school districts:

  • Use data to guide system improvements
  • Meet transition requirements
  • Customize solutions using research-based practices
  • Build effective interagency teams
  • Create a shared plan for action
  • Map and align resources

http://www.transitionsolutions.org/

National Center on Workforce and Disability (NCWD) – Universal Design for Workforce Development System

Universal Design for the Workforce Development System is an innovative collection of tools and resources, designed to assist workforce development professionals in creating services to meet the diverse needs of all customers of the workforce development system.

Universal Design for the Workforce Development System Toolkit

A collection of tools designed to be customized to the needs of a state or local workforce development system, and to support professionals in making their own system more welcoming and effective for every business and career seeking customer.

http://www.onestops.info/website.php?page=ud_index

Access for All

Resources to enhance the ability of the Workforce Development System to meet the needs of people with disabilities.

http://www.onestops.info/i.php?i=10

Framework for Systems Change: a Guide to Effectively Serving All Customers

Strategies, examples and regulations that guide universal design and systems change efforts.

http://www.onestops.info/website.php?page=ud_strategy

Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI)

ICI has worked to ensure that people with disabilities have the same opportunity to dream big, and make their dreams a fully included, integrated, and welcomed reality. As a leader not only in Massachusetts, but also nationally and internationally, ICI strives to create a world where all people with disabilities are welcome and fully included in valued roles wherever they go, whether a school, workplace, volunteer group, home, or any other part of the community. All of ICI’s efforts stem from one core value: that people with disabilities are more of an expert than anyone else. Therefore, people with disabilities should have the same rights and controls and maintain lives based on their individual preferences, choices, and dreams.

http://www.communityinclusion.org/

Create a Voice for Change

Métis Nation Forum in Disabilities: Improving Employment Opportunities and Access in Métis Communities

November 2 & 3, 2010Delta Winnipeg, Winnipeg, MB

This National Forum will bring together a range of perspectives aimed at improving opportunities for Metis citizens with disabilities in skills development and employment. Designed to ultimately improve client and business services through innovation, this is an excellent venue for knowledge exchange. Through a series of plenary sessions and workshops, participants will access knowledge, strategies, tools and effective practices to improve opportunities for the fuller participation of Metis persons with disabilities in Canada’s economy.

In partnership with the Canadian Council on Rehabilitation & Work, the Metis National Council is committed to raising awareness of key accessibility issues, removing unnecessary barriers; and advancing a national agenda inclusive of all Metis citizens.

http://www.firstperspective.ca/releases/846-the-metis-nation-draws-child-wellness-and-disabilities-to-the-forefront-.html

Community Futures Treaty Seven 4th Annual Disability Employment Symposium

“Sharing Perspectives” – May 11 -12, 2011, Deerfoot Inn & Casino, Calgary, Alberta

The 4th Annual Disability Employment Symposium will once again bring together First Nations people with disabilities, the business community, employment centres, service providers, and other stakeholders to engage and “share perspectives.” This year includes an Employer Effective Practice Focus Group, break out sessions that will address: Disclosure and Accommodation; How to Create a Healthy Workplace Culture; and Diversity and Disabilities, as well as an awards banquet and dinner with entertainment; the networking career informational booths, and artisans. All Nations Theatre will provide an interactive workshop to engage and energize the delegates and begin to identify and explore key issues pertaining to the employment of First Nations People with Disabilities.

  • Shayn Anderson, Diversity Inclusion, from California will present his “Can Do” presentation that lays out the business perspective on valuing disability in the workplace and how the inclusion of disability and the First Nation’s perspective in business strategies can positively affect the bottom line for companies.
  • Narcisse Blood will be delivering the opening keynote address. He was the first Coordinator of the Kainai Studies Program at Red Crow College, and has been recognized as an Eminent Scholar (K.Ph.D) by their Elders Advisory Committee. He brings to the symposium “the cultural way of life” and how that knowledge will benefit both employers and First Nations people with disabilities seeking and retaining meaningful employment.

http://www.t7edc.com/