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people with disabilities

The Influence of Parenting Style and Locus of Control on Employment Counselling for People with Disabilities

As an adolescent with a disability makes the transition from school to work, it is not uncommon for a parent to become overly involved in their adult child’s career decision making and job search search process.  This can take the form of sitting in on an intake interview with an employment service provider, accompanying a candidate to a job interview or preventing your client from accepting... Read More »

Accessibility in the Job Search Phase

You are working with one of your clients who has a disability and, through your connections, learn of an upcoming position that matches his interests and skills. He is very much interested in the job, but you are told that he must apply online – a significant challenge given his visual impairment. The Employment Accessibility Standard of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act ... Read More »

Successful Job Placement and Retention Through Workplace Accommodation Identification

My previous post provided an overview of the types of task challenges faced by people with disabilities, and the need to understand these challenges in order to determine the appropriate accommodations.  This post explores accommodation options for various types of barriers to work performance, as well as how to request them.  For the purpose of this article, accommodations refer to strategies, ad... Read More »

Disability & Work Performance: Typical Task Challenges

Career and work practitioners are no doubt familiar with Section 16 (1) of the Canadian Human Rights Act that makes it mandatory for employers to provide accommodations for employees with disabilities as long as they can do the essential duties of the job and the accommodations do not cause undue hardship in terms of health, safety or cost.  This right works best when the disability is disclosed a... Read More »

Social Enterprise: The Ultimate Accomodation for Job Seekers With Disabilities

One of the most challenging roles a career and work counsellor may face is job placement for clients with special needs.  To bridge the gap between vocational assessment and job placement, service providers need to factor disability and accommodation needs into the equation in order to develop a realistic employment goal that will improve the odds for workplace success. To begin with, career and w... Read More »

Digging Deeper: Including Physical and Environmental Demands as Key Factors in Career Choice

When choosing a suitable career path, much attention is given to interests, values, aptitudes and educational requirements.  However, there are two aspects of career choice that are less frequently and comprehensively explored despite being key factors in successful employment, particularly if the applicant has a disability.  Career development practitioners can aid their clients in finding succes... Read More »

Busting the Myths About People with Disabilities

Major obstacles to employment still persist for persons with disabilities – here’s some practical advice for removing them By Kayla Altman The idea of discussing barriers to employment for persons with disabilities is a daunting one, involving obstacles that are embedded throughout our cultural, financial, social, physical and institutional structures. I am going to address those obstacles that I ... Read More »

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