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Denise Feltham


National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) originated in the United States in recognition of the positive impact on business of recruiting persons with disabilities.  It was introduced to Canada and launched in Ottawa on May 15th 2011, by Link-Up Employment Services, and is now recognized in many countries around the world. So just how well have things improved for job seekers and empl... Read More »

Innovative Job Development: Temp Agency for Students with Disabilities

By Denise Feltham As a presenter at the Cannexus18 National Career Development Conference in Ottawa, I had the opportunity to visit various exhibitor booths. One such exhibitor was Unitemps, a university owned, onsite temporary recruitment franchise that was developed by the University of Warwick in 2010 and has since grown worldwide (  This model is professed to benefit the post... Read More »

The Role of Life Skills in Job Maintenance

A realistic employment goal has been set, the resume has been updated, the interview was a success and your client has been offered the position. Time to celebrate! However, your client’s feeling of elation is soon replaced with anxiety over learning the roles and responsibilities involved in the position as well as adapting to the company’s culture. Then before the probationary period is up, he i... Read More »

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 »

Life After Military: Employment Challenges for Veterans with Disabilities

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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 »

High Stakes: Effect of Marijuana Legislation on Safety in the Workplace

Since the Marijuana Medical Access Regulation under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act came into effect in July 2001, the number of licences granted for medical marijuana use has grown significantly to over 28,000 in December of 2012 (Richard J. Charney, labour and employment senior law partner, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP, Global News).  The legalization of recreational marijuana use in... Read More »

Empowerment Through Disclosure: Breaking Down Barriers To Employment For People With Disabilities

December 3rd has been designated by the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 47/3 (1992) as International Day of People with Disabilities. The purpose for recognizing this day is to raise awareness, understanding and support for the dignity, rights, well being and inclusion of people with disabilities who, according to recent demographic and economic statistics, constitute 10% (roughly 650 m... Read More »

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