Portage - Employment Reintegration Centre

Portage is a Canadian non-profit organisation that helps people suffering from substance abuse-related problems to overcome their dependencies and live healthy, happy, and productive lives.

150, rue Saint-Joseph Est Québec City, Québec G1K 3A7

St. Leonard’s Dunnville Employment Centre

St. Leonard’s Community Services provides programs and services in Addictions and Mental Health, Housing, Justice, and Employment that enable community members to overcome challenges through choices that result in positive change.

208 Broad St. E Dunnville , ON Ontario CA

St. Leonard’s Caledonia Employment Centre

St. Leonard’s Community Services provides programs and services in Addictions and Mental Health, Housing, Justice, and Employment that enable community members to overcome challenges through choices that result in positive change.

1-11 Argyle St. N Caledonia , ON Ontario CA

St. Leonard’s Brant Employment Centre

St. Leonard’s Community Services provides programs and services in Addictions and Mental Health, Housing, Justice, and Employment that enable community members to overcome challenges through choices that result in positive change.

1-225 Fairview Dr. Brantford , ON Ontario CA

Job Search for People with Disabilities

About this Event

Learn how to navigate the labour market as a job seeker with a disability, including: finding the right job for you, disclosing your disability, and asking for accommodation. Find out more about job search support programs for people with disabilities, presented by the YMCA's York Region Employment Services and hosted by City of Markham Aaniin Community Hub.

Tuesday, October 20 at 3 PM - 4 PM

Hear from educators, employers, service providers and families about how to prepare for employment in New Jersey's communities.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at 8 AM - 1 PM

Presentation Overview
This presentation is intended for career practitioners who would like to know more about how they can better support students with disabilities in transitioning to the workplace. During this presentation, we will discuss what defines a disability, functional impacts, reasonable accommodations, duty to accommodate, as well as roles and responsibilities of career practitioners when supporting students with disabilities. We will also cover practice and communication approaches to supporting this student population from an equity, diversity and inclusion perspective. Suggestions and recommendations for practical tools and resources to support career practitioners will be provided at the end of the presentation.

Speaker Biography
Jennifer Mei is a Registered Social Worker and Masters of Social Work student with over a decade of experience working with people with disabilities. The majority of her experience has been as a career practitioner in the context of vocational rehabilitation and employment counselling. Jennifer is passionate and committed to equity, diversity and inclusion work. Her approach to this work comes from a desire to learn from and empower marginalized populations.

Wednesday, November 20 at 12 PM

Advancing employment pathways for students with disabilities Careers in Government

Audience: Current Students, Graduating Students and Graduates with Disabilities

As Canada’s largest employer the federal public service is committed to fostering diversity and inclusion, ensuring that its employees are reflective of the country’s population. But how do you launch a Career in Government?

  • Have you ever considered applying for a job in the federal government but felt a little overwhelmed by the on-line application process?

  • Have you started an application but found yourself confused about the difference between a FSWEP job and a GC job?

  • Have you submitted an application but were not sure what happened next, or where it even went to, in their system?

We can help. We invite you to join us for a targeted career event for current and graduating students with disabilities. This unique half-day event will provide you with hands on training to apply to FSWEP opportunities (Federal Student Work Experience Program) and/or full-time GC Jobs.

BRING YOUR DEVICE! Interactive Application Workshop

Participate in interactive, hands-on on-line application workshops for both FSWEP (Federal Student Work Experience Program) and full-time GC Jobs facilitated by hiring representatives to ensure you leave with an application stands out in a crowd!

BRING YOUR RESUME! Government Department Showcase

You will meet the hiring managers, recruiters and departmental representatives to learn about the many and varied opportunities that exist in a workplace that understands the value of inclusion and accessibility. Check in at onleyinitiative.ca to learn more about the departments who will be showcasing their opportunities at this event.

BRING YOUR BEST SELF! Career Corner Networking Café

You will have the chance for one-on-one exchanges with hiring managers who are actively recruiting for available positions and who are very interested in identifying candidates for continuing conversations.


We thought you might be! But be sure to REGISTER NOW because spaces are limited and will be accommodated on a first come, first serve basis!


This event is by invitation and open only to those students who are formally registered with the Disability Offices at Algonquin College, Carleton University, La Cite and University of Ottawa.

Should you be a student at one of these institutions that identifies as having a visible or non-visible disability and who is NOT registered with the Disability Office, please contact info@onleyinitiative.ca and we would be pleased to facilitate your registration.

For more information visit onleyinitiative.ca or drop us a note at info@onleyinitiative.ca



Accommodation Requirements

The David C. Onley Initiative is committed to accessible events. Please identify your accommodation requirements when you register for the event. Please note that while we endeavour to address all requirements it may not be possible to fulfill all requests.

Support Persons

Please ensure that you inform us if you have a support person in the “Accessibility Needs/Special Dietary Considerations” section of your registration and provide us with that person's name for on-site registration.

Dietary Restrictions

Participants will be asked to provide any dietary concerns in the registration process. Although we work closely with the venue to ensure that dietary concerns are addressed it is not always possible to fulfill all requests.

NOTE: Please note we will follow up directly about all accommodation requests by email prior to the event.

Scent Free

In response to health concerns, we wish to limit the use of scented products at its events. Scented products such as hair sprays, perfume and scented deodorants may trigger reactions such as respiratory distress, headaches and more serious reactions. In consideration of others, people attending the event are asked to limit or refrain from using scented products. Your co-operation is appreciated.


We consider registration at our events as consent to a) receive information from us regarding the David C. Onley Initiative (DCOI) and other related events and activities and b) that any photos and / or video materials taken at any DCOI events which may include your image can be published by the David C. Onley Initiative as part of its communications materials. If you do not wish to have your image appear on materials and / or do not wish to have your photo taken at events please be sure to advise us at info@onleyinitiative.ca.


Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 12 PM - 4:30 PM

Association for Higher Education Access & Disability (AHEAD)

AHEAD, the Association for Higher Education Access and Disability is an independent non-profit organisation working to promote full access to and participation in further and higher education for students with disabilities and to enhance their employment prospects on graduation.

UCD, East Hall Carysfort Ave Carrysfort Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland

IASE (Irish Association of Supported Employment)

The IASE is a not-for-profit organisation set-up in 1994 to promote a system called ‘supported employment’.

Supported employment is used in many countries around the world to support people with disabilities and other marginalised groups to find and keep a fairly paid job of their choosing.


EmployAbility Service Cork - Mallow Office

EmployAbilityCork provides an employment support service for people with ahealth condition, injury, illness or disability
Gilbert Centre Mallow Community Campus Fair St, Mallow, Co. Cork, Ireland

EmployAbility Service Cork - Cork Office

EmployAbilityCork provides an employment support service for people with a health condition, injury, illness or disability
33 Penrose Wharf, Penrose Quay, Victorian Quarter, Cork, Ireland

Looking for an inclusive employer? Ask these 9 Questions During your Interview

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Job Searchers!  If you’re looking for some creative questions to ask post interview and you want to know if the employer is a good fit for you, take a look at this article by Anne Shaw published on themuse.  These tips are a great way to find out whether an employer is open to accessibility without disclosing any disability related information.

To access this article, click here: Daily Muse Inc.

Posted 155 weeks ago

Tips for Employees How to start a mental health conversation with a colleague

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Your colleague hasn’t been themselves lately. They seem short tempered, erratic and withdrawn but you are not sure how to approach them about your concerns. If this is a situation you have experienced, check out this article by Camille Howatt and Camille Quenneville on how to start a mental health conversation with a colleague.

As a caring friend and co-worker, it’s ok to wonder how you can help. Creating awareness about mental wellness in the workplace is an important step in reducing stigma. And starting the conversation may just provide an opportunity for your colleague to get the support they need. To access this article, click here: The Globe and Mail

Posted 155 weeks ago

The StarWars Story That is Not Quite as Exciting as The Others

Welcome back! This week, we will be taking yet another look at the employment issue facing the Autistic/Asperger community. Now some of you may already think that all the factors have already been covered: Hiring practices more suited to NT’s with face-to-face interview being preferred. Our simple lack of understanding social cues unfairly taken to mean that we are a cold, cruel people and the wider societies poor understanding of us, just to name a few. And while all of those may be true, there is a more work-related reason, like the hiring practices, as to why the unemployment problem is so pervasive in our community. You may already know what I am talking about, or you may not. As all the clickbaits like to tell us, some of it may surprise you!


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Clickbaits, the annoying, abrasive person of the internets’ fish hook. The worm is the stylized, dramatic wording and font choice. At least unlike the actual fishes and fish hooks, you won’t die if you get caught on one (though you may come close to it through boredom).  


So what am I talking about exactly? Well, according to an article on LinkedIn, we have a hard time fitting into our workplaces, to the point where we are forced to leave in order to retain our own sanity. That is, try to avert depression, severe anxiety or even PTSD, all or mostly because of feeling lonely in the workplace. Not to mention the feeling of, if you’re on social assistance, unemployed or both, like you are not a productive member of society. In short: not exactly feeling your best most days.  


The result of this, the article says, is leading to plenty of Autistics/Aspies either being underemployed or self employed, if they can find work at all. 


And with 24% of the workplace place population (unclear of whether it is the worlds or a specific nations) declaring that they have one or more disability/different numerology, that’s a lot of loneliness to go around. At least psychologist’s we’ll never go out of business, no matter how many emotional-tracking-apps there will be (expect an explosion of them). Now, the article says, it’s not like things aren't getting better. We’ve all seen and/or heard from the media’s stories of apparently “thousands” (not sure where the article gets that number, as at best I hear of hundreds finding employment, while actually seeing only tens in the workforce, but anyways) getting support for employment excavation (get it? Excavation? As in archeologists excavate, or find, artifacts? Because...it’s...never mind).


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That joke probably had as much of a chance as being both understood and found humorous as this plane apparently had of landing safely. 


But what’s the info behind all the big numbers? Well, according to the article, the thousands of Autistics/Aspies are all young, and the jobs are usually low paying, menial entry level positions. And as for the older generation? Those who have already gone through years of low-pay, poor treatment and the rest? Well, there is little support for them when it comes to employment excavation, or wandering for work, or exploring for employment (however you want to phrase it). Not that, according to the article, the employment initiative are that good anyways, despite some being well meaning. 


And despite their efforts, we remain marginalized, misunderstood, and compartmentalized (a fancy way of saying shoved in an all-defining box). Either being mistreated or told to become better, non Autistics/Aspie people. The author said it best with “We aren't broken people. But we live in a broken culture” (The Dark Side of Autism in the Workplace, LinkedIn, paragraph 10). Well, that does it for this week! Next week we will continue to look at the subject from this, in my view, interesting angle. Along with some thoughts of mine in the end. But until then, this continues to be, The Audacious Aspie.


Source to use:

LinkedIn,The Dark Side of Autism in the Workplace

Posted 155 weeks ago

Join Pride at Work Canada and Cisco for an evening of learning, networking and connecting with LGBTQ2+ and ally professionals in Toronto. The night will include a panel discussion that will bring together business and community leaders to share insights on how to be inclusive of the unique mental health needs of LGBTQ2+ employees. Following the panel will be a lively networking reception.

Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 5 PM - 8 PM

Free Employer Training. Learn more about hiring and employing people with disabilities.

About this Event

Join us for free training for employers, hiring managers and human resource professionals in the San Diego Region. We would love to share our best practices around interview accommodations and reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities. Free lunch will be provided. Please let us know if you have a dietary restriction by contacting Amy at 619-552-5211. Please individually register each person from your organization who will be attending so we may provide for lunches.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 at 11 AM - 1 PM

Have you contemplated getting SOAR trained but been deterred due to the length of the training? Have you signed up or started training, but been unable to finish? Have you been hearing about SOAR and wanting to get involved? Snohomish County Human Services presents an opportunity to train for SOAR certification in just two days.

SSI/SSDI Outreach Access and Recovery (SOAR) is a nationwide practice pairing trained Service Providers with adults who are disabled and unable to work, and are homeless or facing homelessness, to apply for SSI and/or SSDI. In 2017 in Snohomish County, there were a total of 1,954 persons who entered the homeless housing and service system who reported a qualifying disabling condition, but only 23.8% of those people reported having SSI or SSDI.

This in-person two day training will help participants complete SOAR certification from start to finish. Using the online training platform, we will complete all SOAR components using a mock SOAR applicant. Once someone is trained as a SOAR Service Provider, they will be ready to work with clients to apply for SSI/SSDI. Service Providers can be paid professionals working in a community services capacity, law enforcement officials or medical professionals who work with anyone experiencing or at risk of homelessness, volunteers who serve homeless or low income populations, or any other person interested in getting certified and doing the work.

*Please note that due to the amount of material covered and the hands-on nature of this training, completion
and certification requires participants attend both days: Wednesday, August 28th and Thursday, August
29th. Unfortunately, no exceptions can be made. Should you have questions or need to cancel your registration, please contact Holly Shelton as soon as possible at holly.shelton@snoco.org.

August 28, 2019  —  August 29, 2019
Aug 28, 2019 at 8:30 AM to Aug 29, 2019 at 4 PM

An opportunity for hiring employers to meet job seekers in an inclusive and comfortable environment.

About this Event

Speed Meeting is Back!


Date: Tuesday, July 23, 2019 | 9am to 2:30pm (5 min rotating interview sessions)

Cost: Free (includes lunch for midday session)

Location: Prince George Hotel, The Windsor Room, 1725 Market St, Halifax

RSVP: 902.429.5878

Job seekers: Angie Morash navigator@reachability.org |

Employers: Jessica Ward jessica@reachability.org


The goal of reachAbility's Speed Meetings is to create an opportunity for hiring employers to meet job seekers in an inclusive and comfortable space. Through this meeting, job seekers from the general public are provided with the opportunity to have interview practice with currently hiring employers. Additionally, the employers get the opportunity to pre-screen candidates without the obligation of saying yes or no.

The only requirement for employers is to join us for one (or two or three) hour and a half long sessions providing 5-minute interviews to job seekers. At the end of each interview, the employer fills out a small feedback sheet with constructive advice for the job seekers which we review with them at a later date.

The exciting thing about Speed Meeting is that we have unintentionally garnered about a 50% employment rate from these events! When you combine hiring employers with eligible and qualified candidates a "right person, right job" is bound to happen! Now that's a win, win, win!

We are really excited to be able to offer this opportunity for 45 job seekers to meet with up to 15 employers. We currently have three sessions on Tuesday, July 23rd at the Prince George Hotel in The Windsor Room:

9:00 am - 10:30 am - Group A

10:45 am - 12:15 pm - Group B

12:45 pm to 2:15 pm - Group C

All events include a delicious catered spread from The Prince George Hotel and are free services for both job seekers and employers.

We hope to see you on July 23rd to learn directly from job seekers and employers about why this event is such a hit!


About reachAbility

About reachAbility: reachAbility is a grassroots non-profit organization which provides supportive and accessible programs for people facing barriers to inclusion and community participation.


reachAbility is leading the provincial implementation of the federal government’s new accessibility legislation which aims to eliminate barriers faced by people with disabilities in sectors under its jurisdiction. reachAbility is proud to be the designated host agency for National AccessAbility Week (NAAW) which will run from Monday, May 25 to Sunday May 31 at events across Nova Scotia. This national week of celebration is dedicated to the inclusion of persons with disabilities and the many contributions being made by them across Canada.

For More Information

Jessica Ward | Job Developer, reachAbility | jessica@reachability.org | 902.429.5878

Friday, August 23, 2019 at 9 AM - 2:30 PM

This two day workshop is on August 24th and August 25th from 6-8 PM, at CUPE 5167 (818 King East, Hamilton ON). Food and access available.

About this Event

This two day workshop will cover the history of people with disabilities in the labour force, general employee standards, and the rights of migrant workers and people with disabilities in the workplace (including injured workers).


More information, including a schedule breakdown, will be posted shortly.


Child minding, food, PSW support, and ASL interpretation will be available. For CART captioning and other accessibility needs, please email info@djno.ca


This event is supported by:

CUPE Local 5167 Injured Workers Legal Center Hamilton & District Labour Council Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion

Sunday, August 25, 2019 at 6 PM - 8 PM
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