Free Webinar: Mapping Inclusive Employment Practices for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities: A Participatory Research Mapping Project

Date/Time: Tuesday, June 23, 12:00pm – 1:00pm PST

Presenters: Rachelle Hole, Jon Corbett and Shawn deRaaf

This project developed and piloted an interactive website, The BC Employment Mapping Tool (, as an accessible, searchable mapping database of best practices concerning the employment of people with developmental disabilities. The tool, developed in collaboration with self advocates and other stakeholders, was designed to serve as a resource for service providers (employment and community living providers), employers, individuals with developmental disabilities and their families, as well as policy makers to learn and to share examples of innovation in the area of employment. The website features stories on a variety of positive work experiences, how best to support individuals in preparing for employment and how employers are creating and benefiting from more inclusive workplaces.

The research team will report on the project’s development, highlight some of the stories shared on the map, review the results of the participatory research study, and discuss the future of the website.

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Rachelle Hole is an associate professor at the UBC School of Social Work in the Okanagan and co-director of the Centre for Inclusion and Citizenship. Rachelle is committed to furthering the inclusion of individuals with developmental disabilities locally, provincially, and nationally. She enjoys doing research with people in the community living sector with the aim to inform policy and practice that promote inclusion.



Jon Corbett is an Associate Professor in Community, Culture and Global Studies at UBC Okanagan and the co-director of the Centre for Social, Spatial and Economic Justice. Jon’s community-based research investigates Cartographic processes and tools that are used by local communities to help express their relationship to, and knowledge of, their land and resources. Jon has worked with Indigenous communities in Australia, Indonesia, the Philippines and since 2004 with several First Nations communities in British Columbia.