More jobs for people with disabilities.
That’s the goal for United Way Ottawa and more than 30 partners with the Employment Accessibility Resource Network after securing a $142,000 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.
“…Together, we will build on the success of this community-wide initiative aimed at removing all the obstacles that stand in the way of people with disabilities finding jobs in our community,” said United Way’s chairman of the board of directors Jamie McCracken.
Distributed over three years, the grant will build EARN’s capacity to reach out to more employers, provide additional networking sessions, enhance EARN’s annual conference and support the creation of assessment tools to measure their success.
The organization has helped more than 85 people with disabilities score work in Ottawa.
“Many employers are not aware of the resources available to help them to hire, accommodate and retain employees with disabilities,” said EARN steering committee chairman Brian Carriere, also with the University of Ottawa.
“There are also many myths and misconceptions about the costs of accommodating people with disabilities. But thanks to EARN, workplaces come to realize that people with disabilities are talented and dedicated employees. In many cases, they are among the best employees.”
In Bytown, 43% of people with disabilities work, versus 70% of the general population; one in six people with disabilities lives below the poverty line.
EARN’s partners include: Canadian Mental Health Association; Canadian Security Intelligence Service; City of Ottawa; Causeway Work Centre.