Transition from CAMHS to Adult Mental Health Services (TRACK): A Study of Service Organization, Policies, Process and User and Carer Perspectives

May 26th, 2017

There is much concern about the transition of youth with mental health issues from child/adolescent to adult mental health services. This is complicated by their passage from childhood to adulthood which generates developmental needs beyond those that are illness-specific. Studies have … Continue reading

Sustaining people with dementia or mild cognitive impairment in employment: A systematic review of qualitative evidence

May 23rd, 2017

The World Health Organization estimates that 35.6 million people worldwide early onset dementia and of these, 10 per cent are under 65 years of age and potentially still in the workplace. In the face of an aging population and workforce, … Continue reading

How Individual and Environmental Factors affect Employment Outcomes (of Vocational Rehabilitation Clients)

May 23rd, 2017

There is growing interest among practitioners and policymakers to improve delivery of vocational rehabilitation (VR) services to enhance employment outcomes of people with disabilities. However, agencies face a number of challenges when delivering these services. First is the heterogeneity (or … Continue reading

Behavioral Interventions to Help Workers Keep their Jobs after an Injury or Illness

May 14th, 2017

For many individuals with health problems that threaten their ability to work, the decision to leave their jobs—either permanently or temporarily—is often made without fully understanding the short- and long-term effects of joblessness on their health and well-being. As a … Continue reading

Employment Outcomes for People with Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorder: A Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials

May 12th, 2017

Though most people with psychiatric disabilities show a desire to work, they are more likely to experience negative labour market outcomes than those without these disabilities. Moreover, work is often critical to their recovery and functioning by increasing their self-esteem and … Continue reading

How Behavioral Insights Can Help Policymakers Improve Programs

April 12th, 2017

Employment programs often do not work as intended owing to behavioural responses of clients to different aspects of the programs. For example, some people do not participate in all available services offered by a program, or others drop out of … Continue reading

Pushing through: Mental health consumers’ experiences of an individual placement and support employment programme

April 12th, 2017

Past research has shown that individual support and placement (ISP) is a best practice in the vocational rehabilitation of people with severe mental illness (SMI) – defined as “chronic mental illness that interferes with the person’s ability to deal with … Continue reading

NCWD/Youth’s Innovative Strategies (for helping youth with disabilities find jobs)

March 30th, 2017

The National Collaborative for Workplace Diversity for Youth (or NCWD/Youth) is a US-based initiative that was formed to respond to the challenge that many youth with disabilities have in finding gainful employment. Composed of partners in disability, education, employment and … Continue reading

Disability-Inclusive Recruitment and Hiring Practices and Policies: Who Has Them and What Difference Does it Really Make?

March 30th, 2017

The employment rate of individuals with a disability in the United States is less than half that of employees without disabilities. To help reduce that gap, this study by researchers at the K. Lisa Yang and Hock E. Tan Institute … Continue reading

Changing Workforce: The Case for Diversity in Canada’s Trucking Industry

December 30th, 2016

Canada’s growing trucking sector is facing significant shortages in such key positions as drivers and mechanics, owing to turnover, ageing, and insufficient supply. To help meet the industry’s current and future labour needs, this report by Trucking HR Canada makes … Continue reading

Researching Complex and Multi-Level Workplace Factors Affecting Disability and Prolonged Sickness Absence

November 30th, 2016

Workplace disability arising from injury and illness on the job is costly for employers who are typically held responsible for affected employees’ return to work. Thus, employer discussion on workplace disability has focused on prevention of injury, illness and hazardous … Continue reading

Substance Abuse Case Management Best Practices

September 1st, 2016

Given that up to a half of individuals who receive treatment for substance abuse will relapse–most within a year, this post by Social Solutions Global, an American human services management software company, highlights three important research-based strategies to ensure effective … Continue reading

Inclusive Employment for Canadians with Disabilities: Toward a New Policy Framework and Agenda

August 31st, 2016

Canadians with disabilities continue to face relatively high rates of unemployment and underemployment despite past promises of equal opportunity for them. With a new federal government committed to policy and program innovation and inter-governmental collaboration towards a goal of inclusive … Continue reading

What Do We Know About Improving Employment Outcomes For Individuals With Autism Spectrum Disorder?

May 31st, 2016

This paper from Carolyn Dudley, David B, Nicholas and Jennifer D. Zwicker of the University of Calgary illustrates factors that contribute to successful employment outcomes for persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Adults with ASD have some of the lowest employment … Continue reading

Irish Association of Supported Employment (IASE)

December 8th, 2015

The IASE is a not-for-profit organization established in 1994 to promote supported employment in Ireland. The IASE promotes supported employment at a national level, to job seekers, employers, disability and other services, policy makers and the general public. The IASE … Continue reading

Employers’ Toolkit: Making Ontario Workplaces Accessible to People With Disabilities

November 25th, 2015

The Conference Board of Canada partnered with the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario’s EnAbling Change program to develop a toolkit that is designed “to help employers tap into a vibrant and underutilized labour pool—people with disabilities.” It provides “practical advice to … Continue reading

Systematic review of mentorship programs to facilitate transition to post-secondary education and employment for youth and young adults with disabilities

November 18th, 2015

This study by Sally Lindsay, Laura R. Hartman and Melissa Fellin of the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital and the University of Toronto in the October 2015 issue of Disability and Rehabilitation provides a systemic review of the literature on … Continue reading

Employment of People with Developmental Disabilities in Canada: Six Key Elements for an Inclusive Labour Market

November 3rd, 2015

Prior research has well-documented the fact that the employment rate for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities continues to remain the lowest of all people with disabilities in Canada (Crawford, 2004, 2005, & 2011; Statistics Canada 2008), hovering in the … Continue reading

Employers Guide to Partnering with Disability Employment Services

September 23rd, 2014

This is a simple guide book to assist Australian businesses to better understand and partner with disability employment services to recruit from the entire talent pool and make it easier for candidates with disabilities to get and keep jobs. Continue reading

Absence and Disability Management Practices for an Aging Workforce

September 23rd, 2014

This study is focused on how professionals providing absence and disability management services and their organizations are responding to the aging workforce. It outlines some of the leading practices and challenges the Disability Management Employer Coalition (DMEC) has observed for … Continue reading

Bridging the Gap: A Comparative Assessment of Vocational Rehabilitation Agency Practices with Transition-Age Youth

August 26th, 2014

This document uses a case study approach to explore the variety of approaches of services delivered to youth with disabilities during the transition time from school to work. This research study applies to career practitioners as it outlines several strategies … Continue reading

Business Benefits of Accessible Workplaces

August 7th, 2014

This briefing focuses on the benefits and returns that accrue when organizations invest in accessible employment practices. This article is aimed at helping businesses to be more accessible for people with disabilities. While it discusses many ideas from the Accessibility … Continue reading

Leveling the Playing Field: Attracting, Engaging, and Advancing People with Disabilities

August 7th, 2014

This report takes a comprehensive look at the business case for employing people with disabilities and details the steps companies can take to change their hiring practices to promote a more inclusive workforce. The report’s key objectives are to raise … Continue reading

Improving the Participation of Under-Utilized Talent of People with Disabilities in the Canadian Labour Market

August 7th, 2014

This research publication is about identifying policies, programs and employment programs to promote the inclusion of people with physical disabilities in the workforce. This publication is targeted at three audiences: vocational rehabilitation and employment service providers; employers; and business leaders … Continue reading

Creating Welcoming and Inclusive Workplaces for People with Disabilities: Overview of Issues and Good Practices

September 27th, 2013

Learn about recruiting and retaining people with disabilities to make the workplace more inclusive in the non-profit sector. The guide covers various topics including business case for hiring people with disabilities, and challenges and barriers to creating a more inclusive workplace. Continue reading

Supported Employment for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities: Social and Economic Outcomes

May 9th, 2013

About the study This study examined social, economic, and employment outcomes of individuals with intellectual disabilities who have obtained employment through supported employment. Through a review of relevant literature, the study identifies the kinds of impact supported employment initiatives have … Continue reading

What Works: Career-Building Strategies for People From Diverse Groups

March 19th, 2013

Provides career practitioners with useful information for assisting people from diverse populations find meaningful employment. The guide addresses challenges each group face by providing different ways to deal with those challenges. Continue reading

A Place for All: A Guide to Creating an Inclusive Workplace

March 4th, 2013

Designed for employers who want to create an inclusive workplace for people with disabilities, immigrants, Aboriginal people, and others covered by the Canadian Human Rights Act. The guide provides information about the duty to accommodate, workplace accommodation policies and procedures, and individual accommodation procedures. Continue reading

Charting the Course: Mapping the Career Practitioner Role in Supporting People with Mental Health Challenges

February 21st, 2013

This project report was developed to identify the best approaches to supporting clients with mental health problems, and further enhance career practitioners in their professional practice. The report presented findings from key informant interviews, consultations, and surveys of career practitioners and their clients with mental health issues in Nova Scotia. Continue reading

Disability in the Workplace: Employers’ Organizations and Business Networks

February 14th, 2013

Provides case studies of employers’ organizations and business networks that have been successful in advancing disability employment. Employers’ organizations may want to refer to these examples of promising initiatives for advice on promoting the inclusion of people with disability in the workplace. Continue reading

The Employment of People with Intellectual Disabilities in Canada: A Statistical Profile

February 1st, 2013

Using Statistics Canada’s Participation and Activity Limitation Survey (2006), this study examined employment and labour market outcomes of people with intellectual disabilities by demography and labour market activities, and further compared the results to that of people with other disabilities. Continue reading

Supported Employment Videos

January 22nd, 2013

Provides information on evidence-based supported employment programs implemented in the United States. Career practitioners and employers may want to utilize the videos to learn more about the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) model that has been effective in helping people with disabilities find job placements. Continue reading

Charting the Course: Supporting the Career Development of Youth with Learning Disabilities

January 2nd, 2013

Designed to assist career practitioners working with youth, including youth with disabilities. The guide helps youth-serving practitioners understand learning disabilities in youth and learn more about the support programs and existing research. Continue reading

Ready and Able: Addressing Labor Market Needs and Building Productive Careers for People with Disabilities Through Collaborative Approaches

January 2nd, 2013

The study examined various approaches taken by employers to increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities, promising practices in advancing disability employment, and lessons learned from different partnership models and strategies. Continue reading

Literature Review on Job Retention and Career Progression for Persons with Disabilities in Canada and Internationally

December 19th, 2012

The study examined general and disability-related literatures to measure interrelationships between disability and job retention, and career progress. Thematic reviews and meta-analysis of these literatures focused on four dimensions at micro and macro level. Continue reading

WorkBC Employer’s Toolkit: Under the Labour Radar – Aboriginal People, Youth, Women and Persons with Disabilities

December 11th, 2012

Provides profiles of specialized population groups focusing on Aboriginal people, youth, women, and people with disabilities. This easy-to-read resource booklet has recruitment and retention tips, workplace checklist, sample interview questions, and relevant statistics on specialized population groups for employers. Continue reading

Project Aspiro

December 4th, 2012

Provides career practitioners and employers with tools and resources that would help people with vision loss find employment. Information on career development process and pre-employment programme trainer’s manual are available for career practitioners while employers can find tips and information that addresses employers’ concerns of hiring and working with people who are blind. Continue reading

Customized Employment: Transition Planning and Self Determination Instruction

December 4th, 2012

Shows examples of successful customized employment for people with disabilities in the community. Through this video, career practitioners and employers can see how much impact the customized employment have on the lives of people with disabilities and their families. Continue reading

Access to Success: A Guide for Employers

November 26th, 2012

Offers examples of best practices and successful initiatives directed at hiring and managing post-secondary students with disabilities. These examples highlight what some ‘role model’ employers are doing right and provide a case for other organizations and businesses to follow suit. Continue reading

Recruiting and Retaining Persons with Disabilities in British Columbia: An Employer Handbook

November 20th, 2012

Provides practical information for employers who are looking to hire persons with disabilities or wanting to create a more inclusive workplace. This comprehensive handbook gives businesses step-by-step instructions, checklists, and tips on how to approach recruiting persons with disabilities and how to better accomodate them. Continue reading