Let's Talk About: Employment

Introduction and Overview

Welcome to NSDRC’s Employment Blog!

Group of co-worker chatting in the lunch room

Everyone wants a chance to live a meaningful and productive life and have a place in their community. For most of us, a job or a career builds personal and professional confidence, a connection to our community and with our peers. Through employment we often gain a sense of personal and professional value as contributing members of society.

With this in mind The NSDRC is pleased to be launching a new blog called Let’s Talk about: Inclusive Employment. The intention is to create a space for discussion and engagement where perspectives, ideas, questions and concerns about inclusive employment can be shared. We invite you to contribute to this discussion as a job seeker/self-advocate with a disability, employer/business person, and parent or community member.

Check out our Upcoming Blogs:

• Workplace Accommodations: Getting the best from your employees
• First Jobs: what was your experience?

The NSDRC provides employment assistance to youth and adults who have a visible or invisible disability and who may be looking for their first job, wanting to return to work, or taking an initial step toward their employment goals. We offer assistance to employers who want to hire and need more information.
What we offer:

For Job Seekers:

We use a self-directed approach offering you supports as needed to gain or strengthen your job search skills. We help you to define your employment themes and aide you to map out a plan of action.
• Skills and interests surveys/assessments
• Job search assistance
• Help with online applications
• Resume/profile
• Interview practice
• Employer matching when available
• Referrals to community resources
• Job Coaching when available or will refer you to a resource

For Employers:

We survey employers and the worksite in order to make a sound match between the business needs and the job seekers skills and talents. We go the extra mile by providing resources as available for the employer; such as resources to provide workplace adaptions and modifications.
• Matching job seeker to business needs
• Help to determine adaptations
• Resources for adaptations/wage subsidies as available
• Supplemental on the job training
• Go- to resource person
• One day mentoring opportunities
• Referrals


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Introduction to Accommodations

There is more than one way to do the job: Workplace Accommodations

Worker at her computer
 
If we take a close look at our workplaces most of us would discover that very few employees and coworkers fulfill their responsibilities and complete their tasks in exactly the same way. However, in most cases the outcomes are similar and largely completed to the satisfaction of the employer.
What are “workplace accommodations?”
“To accommodate someone means to remove the barriers which prevent people from gaining access to jobs, housing, and the use of goods, services and facilities (e.g. public transit or schools)”.
 
An employee may work on a report tucked away in her office where it is quiet with potentially few interruptions. Conversely her co-worker finds her focus by working in the company of others where the energy level stimulates her thought processes. Each employee is productive and completes the report.
In order to work to the best of our abilities sometimes it is necessary to make adjustments in our environment, to the tools or equipment we use or to our work schedules. It is more common than we realize.
When accommodations are made available to remove barriers for employees who live with a visible or non-visible disability, the results show that not only do they work to the best of their abilities; those accommodations often benefit other employees and can create an environment that encourages productivity for all.

More information and resources for removing barriers:
 
Job Carving:
http://www.accessibleemployers.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Gabi-and-Jules-Success-Story-FINAL.pdf
 
http://www.accessibleemployers.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Vancity-Success-Story-FINAL.pdf
 
Ergonomics Resources:
http://www.neilsquiresolutions.ca/
 
Assistive Equipment Resources:
http://www.oppsfund.ca/
http://www.neilsquire.ca/business-programs-services/technologywork/
 
Health and Safety Resource:
https://www.worksafebc.com/en/health-safety/create-manage/health-safety-programs
 
Flexible Work Schedule
https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/consultations/what-was-heard.html#h2.2

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