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Inclusive Employment Advocacy Project (Toronto Chapter)

We are looking for job seekers with disabilities who are able to participate in Focus Groups in various locations of GTA. Participants will discuss their experience accessing employment services, programs and opportunities.

To register please send your name, telephone number, and the best time to reach you to michaeldmcneely@gmail.com or call AEBC Toronto at 647-947-9022.

Final Two Focus Groups

Monday, May 15 6:30 to 8:30 PM. The 519 Community Centre 519 Church St. Fireplace Room - - Tuesday May 30 1:30 to 3:30 pm. Centre for Independent Living, Toronto 365 Bloor Street East, Suite 902 Boardroom - - There will be a $30 honorarium, reimbursement of TTC fares, and light refreshments for qualified participants.

Details of the project are below. Thank you!

Inclusive Employment Advocacy Project

The Alliance for Equality for Blind Canadians (AEBC) is launching a City of Toronto-funded project to provide new self-advocacy tools, resources and training for people with disabilities seeking employment. This peer engagement project will equip people with disabilities from diverse backgrounds to better advocate for equal access to employment services, programs and opportunities.

Project activities include identifying barriers, gathering and developing advocacy resources, education and training. Project outcomes include participants being able to present a case for inclusion in employment services and programs.

Project participants will consist of persons with different disabilities from diverse groups including women, youth, seniors, ethno-racial minorities, and LGBTQ community members, among others, who are unemployed or under-employed. They are invited to join two parts of the project:

  1. Focus Groups in five regions of the Toronto Area: Downtown Toronto, North York, Scarborough, East York/Beaches, and Etobicoke/West Toronto.

  2. Five education/training sessions, developed from their recommendations, to be led by Subject Matter Experts.

We want to identify from Focus Group members:

• Their initial knowledge (if any) of the AODA, and whether people see it as having a benefit in their lives; • Whether there are any gaps in the AODA Standards related to assisting individuals seeking meaningful employment; • Their experiences with prejudice and discrimination (if any); • Their prior experiences related to receiving employment support and/or being employed; • How they deal with disclosing their disability to others; and • What we should address in the Education/Training Sessions to maximize the effectiveness and helpfulness of these sessions.

AEBC gratefully acknowledges the funding support provided by the City of Toronto that made this project possible.

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