Moving Forward Together
Disability and Work in Canada (DWC) Initiative
Technical committees on employment and emergency egrees / Comités techniques sur l’emploi et les mesures d’urgence. Apply to be part of Accessibility Standards Canada’s Technical Committees! Deadline to apply: December 21, 2020, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
Additional Materials for Participants of DWC2020
Conference program version November 22: includes links to streaming URLs for captions for Days 1 and 2 of the conference.
DWC Working Groups
Details and contact information for DWC Working Groups.
DWC Virtual Policy Roundtable 2020
DWC Virtual Policy Roundtable 2020 Executive Summary.
Day 1 – Wednesday November 25, 2020: The Big Picture–Challenges and Opportunities
Parallel Session 1: Major Initiatives from Selected Provinces
Parallel session 2: Disability Community Experiences in Relation to Work given COVID-19 Pandemic
Parallel session 3: Using the COVID-19 Recovery to Increase Employment of Persons with Disabilities
Panel session 1: Income Security for Persons with a Disability (Part 1)
- IRIS Releases A New Policy Primer On The Federal Government’s Plan To Introduce The ‘Canadian Disability Benefit’ (website), by Sherri Torjman, November 4, 2020.
- A new Canadian Disability Benefit modelled after the GIS? What does that mean? (website) Open Policy Ontario, John Stapleton, September 30, 2020.
- Southern Ontario 2019 Basic Income Experience Report (website), by Mohammad Ferdosi (McMaster University), Tom McDowell (Ryerson University) Wayne Lewchuk (McMaster University) Stephanie Ross (McMaster University)
- The Experiences of Social Assistance Recipients on the Ontario Basic Income Pilot (website), by Tom McDowell and Mohammad Ferdosi, November 5, 2020
Panel session 2: Driving Change; Inclusive Hiring During a Pandemic
Day 2 – Thursday November 26, 2020: Progress in the Workplace
Keynote: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at Canada Post
Parallel session 2: The Community Journey to Work: Unpacking Indigenous, Newcomer and Mental Illness Experiences
- From Sultana Jahangir:
- From Rachelle Nimegeers
Parallel session 3: Tools for Return to Work with Mental Health Challenges
Parallel session 4: School-to-Work Transitions (Part 1): Promising Practices to Support Transitions into the Labour-Market
Panel session 2: Financial Incentives for Employers to Promote Hiring and Retaining People with Disabilities: When and how do they work?
- Financial Incentives to promote employment of people with disabilities: When and how do they work best? [Sept. 2019]: Report on Evidence Synthesis from Peer Reviewed Literature (PDF) Authors: Rebecca Gewurtz, Emile Tompa, Margaret Oldfield, Pam Lahey, Emma Irvin, Dan Samosh, Kathy Padkapayeva, Heather Johnston
- Financial incentives to promote employment of people with disabilities: When and how do they work best? [May 2018]: Report on Field Knowledge and Case Studies (PDF) Authors: Emma Irvin, Emile Tompa, Heather Johnston, Kathy Padkapayeva, Quenby Mahood, Maureen Haan, Rebecca Gewurtz, Dan Samosh
- From Tova Sherman:
- From Mathias Durnfold: https://www.farnell.ca/
- From Michael MacDonald: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelmacd
Panel session 3: Measuring Attitudes – Beyond the Business Case; Unpacking Artificial Intelligence Systems
Day 3 – Tuesday December 1, 2020: Strengthening Supports for Workers
Keynote: Disrupting through Disability: Taking Charge of the Change
Keynote Speaker: Al Etmanski, Writer, Community Organizer, Disability Advocate
- Al’s latest book is The Power of Disability: 10 Lessons for Surviving, Thriving and Changing the World
- He blogs at aletmanski.com
Parallel session 1: Report from projects funded by Accessibility Standards Canada
- Links to resource documents:
- From Arif Jetha:
- From Jutta Treviranus:
- From Boris Vukovic (for the Carleton team)
Parallel session 2: Mentorship, Advancement and Promotion of Persons with Disabilities
Panel session 1: Strengthening Supports for Employees with Episodic Disabilities
Panel session 2: Lessons and challenges from the Review of the WCB in British Columbia: The New Directions Report 2019
Panel session 3: Bridging the Gap between Workers with Disabilities and Employers who want an Inclusive Workplace but lack the Tools and Knowledge: The Inclusive Employment Advocacy Project
Panel session 4: Closing the Autism Employment Gap in Canada
Day 4 – Wednesday December 2, 2020: Moving Forward Together
Parallel session 3: Gender-Based Analysis Plus in the Context of the Opportunities Fund Program
1) Return to work and workplace accommodation
Abasiama Etuknwa. Development and implementation of a novel return-to-work support package to improve income protection insurance in the UK.
Viki Scott. Managing Physical and Psychological Disabilities in a Unionized Environment. A Workplace Model
2) Disability-confident workplaces
Alexis Buettgen. An Institutional Analysis of Workplace Accommodations in the Ontario Non-profit Sector
Kim Donaldson. The Business Case for Hiring Persons with Disabilities.
Wanda Deschamps. Neurodiverse talent in the workplace.
Sally Lindsay, Mana resai, Winny Shen, Brent Lyon. Disability disclosure simulation as an educational tool. Bloorview Research Institute.
3) Wellness and career advancement
Karina Prokopchuk. Improving Our Workplace Culture: The Happiness Challenge.
Nancy Gowan. Supporting Stay at Work and Return to Work with TIPS.
Linda Hunt. Overcoming Disability Barriers to Leadership.
Azar Varahra. Direct and Indirect Role of Exercise on Employment for Individuals with Disabilities.
4) Technology and innovation
Alan Cantor. The Art of Remote Dragon Assessments, Training, and Customization.
Alan Cantor. Creative Assistive Technology Solutions.
Doris Rajan. Disability and work. The need for an intersectional and solidarity approach.
5) Supports to persons with disabilities
Stuart Morris. Employment Outcomes for Persons with Early vs Later Disability Onset: Preliminary Findings from the 2017 Canadian Survey on Disability.