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2021 Conference

Disability and Work in Canada 2021: Achieving equality of opportunity and choice in careers, jobs and work

The Disability and Work in Canada 2021 Virtual Conference was the fifth annual conference with incredible energy and a record attendance (with 540+ registrants) from all across Canada! This was an important conference which built momentum to move forward together into 2022 to continue to implement the Pan-Canadian Strategy for Disability and Work. 

We heard the need for meaningful partnerships with Indigenous communities, the need for full inclusion, equity, positive transformations, the need for comprehensive supports that are customized and contextualized, disability-confident employers and workplaces and sustainable employment opportunities.  

Conference Program And Speaker Biographies:

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Speaker Biographies

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Conference program

Conference Videos

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DWC Welcome Video

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Opening Welcome and Keynote; Disability Inclusion in Employment: The Path Forward

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Accessibility Standards Canada-funded research projects: An update and description of next steps

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COVID-19 impacts on persons with disabilities: What the statistics tell us

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Episodic Disabilities and Post-COVID Recovery

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The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD): how are we doing?

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International Business Leaders Forum: COVID-19 recovery for People with Disabilities with an international scope

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What stops us from working?

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Increasing the Participation of Persons With Disabilities in Expanding Employment Opportunities for Canadians With Disabilities

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Forecasting strategies for inclusion in the future of work

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DWC Governance Discussion

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Keynote: How can we make deep change in the workplace for the full inclusion of persons with disabilities?

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Disability, Women, Youth and Employment

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Funding Employment Services to Create Sustainable Employment Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities

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Supporting Inclusive Employment for People with Intellectual Disabilities and Autistic Persons in the Federal Public Service of Canada

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Moving Through the Plays: A Journey in Accommodation and Inclusion Management

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Tools and Strategies to Support Employers' Efforts to Include Persons Living with Disabilities in the Workforce

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Re-imagining accessible environments

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Disability Confidence: A Business Journey in Accessible Workplaces

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Supporting the transformation of inclusive and accessible workplaces

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Keynote: The Public Service of Canada - and update on leadership in inclusive employment

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Experiences, Impacts and Service Needs for injured workers in the WSIB process in Northwestern Ontario

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Career Access Professional Services – Campus and community partnerships, an inclusive foundation during the student journey and beyond convocation

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Exploring Differences between Advocates and Transitional Navigators

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Income Supports for people and workers with disabilities

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Making Canada’s complex web of disability supports easier to navigate – We want to hear from you

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End the Wait: Addressing the Shortfall in Disability Supports and Services in Canada

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"Change!"- A call for non-punitive, ethical, evidence-based and person centred supports for workers with Substance-Use Disorder

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Keynote: Indigenous disability and employment -- barriers and opportunities

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Realizing Leadership and Employment of Youth with Disabilities & The impact of race and ethnicity on school and work outcomes among youth and young adults with disabilities

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Shifting from sheltered work towards inclusive employment in Canada

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Employabilité, intégration et maintien en emploi: contribution des environnements capacitants

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Cross-Disability Accessibility and Diverse Intersectionality at Work

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Employee Engagement and Workplace Culture: exemplary movements and closinggoing forward for engagement of employees with disabilities

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Autism CanTech! Hopeful Beginning to a Success Story.

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Disability as an enabler of career success and inclusion

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Disability Confidence Impacts Finance

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Enablers of occupational adaptation during the COVID-19 pandemic: A qualitative comparison of youth with and without disabilities

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Equity Inclusion Language Model - includes ASL interpretation

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Equity Inclusion Language Model - without ASL interpretation

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Fostering Inclusion in the Pandemic Era – Learning from the Workplace Experiences of People with Psoriatic Disease

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Harnessing Talent Through Covid-19 and Beyond

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Proactive Accommodation Strategies for Hybrid Workplaces to include persons with disabilities

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The IDEAL Framework - An Expansive Approach to EDI Work

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The WSIB's failure to adequately treat chronic pain for injured workers.

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Using the COM-B Model and Theoretical Domains Framework to understand the workplace disclosure experiences, influencers, and needs of autistic youth and young adults

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WorkABILITY - The Accessible and Welcoming Workplace