Author name: Sean McEwen

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People With Disabilities, Services and COVID-19

The disability service sector is providing supports to millions of people with intellectual disabilities. Most of the people being supported are especially vulnerable in times of crisis – a fact which is clearly outlined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), Article 11 – Situations of Risk and Humanitarian Emergencies. Article …

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October is Disability Employment Awareness Month

Disability Employment Awareness Month – DEAM 2017

For the past several years, publicly funded employment inclusion service providers across Canada have showed a growing interest in Disability Employment Awareness Month. The progression has been obvious and encouraging. Initially promotional initiatives were sporadic and driven by service provider organizations. More recently, however, DEAM has been trending in a positive direction with the broader community …

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Employment Inclusion Service Networks – The New Best Practice?

In 2012, the government of Canada collaborated with Canadian business to explore the recruitment and retention of people with disabilities. The resulting document,  ‘Re-thinking Disabilities in the Private Sector’, outlined a number of barriers and strategies around ‘community partnerships’ between business and employment service providers. The issues of supply and demand, accessible talent pools and …

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Agents of Inclusion or Facade Facilitation – Igniting Conversations

The field of Disability Services is built on the foundational concepts of Community Inclusion and Personal Capacity; these are our most reliable weapons against segregation and marginalization.  As professional advocates, we typically profess to be working towards things like integration, poverty reduction, equality (economic and social), and inclusion. Too often however the logistics of our …

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How Healthy is Your Workplace Culture (Community Disability Services)

I’ve worked in Community Disability Services (CDS) since 1986 and have experienced work cultures that ranged from inspirational to traumatic. I’ve also seen firsthand the correlation between work culture and staff retention, engagement and innovation. It’s a pretty simple equation; some work cultures bring out our best – and some work cultures leave us disheartened …

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Best Practices In Employer Engagement

Diversity & Inclusion Strategy Implementation – Best Practices in Employer Engagement Professionals working in the field of Supported Employment / Employment Inclusion recognize on a fundamental level that employment service outcomes for people with disabilities do not occur without the engagement and participation of an employer. We also recognize that although the foundation of our …

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A Brand is Not…

A brand is not a Mission Statement, a Logo, a Tag-Line or a brochure. A brand is the character and personality and reputation your organization brings to a ‘customer relationship.’  It’s about maintaining your organization’s relevance to its ‘customers.’ Your brand is real whether you like it or not – it could be a hanging-on-by-a-thread …

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