Disability, youth, and employment

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A three part presentation:
1 - a guessing game played with audience members to identify stats around the inclusion of people with disabilities.
2 - the services of the Neil Squire Society
3 - myths and reality checks about the capabilities and the business case for hiring people with disabilities.

I delivered this presentation Saturday May 17th 2014 at the BC People First conference in New Westminster, BC.

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Disability, youth, and employment

  1. 1. Disability, Youth and Employment BC People First Conference New West, May 2014 Chad Leaman | chadl@neilsquire.ca | 604-473-9373 | @chadleaman
  2. 2. Statistic Game Time!
  3. 3. Q1: Who here has used a smart phone or tablet today? Source: Live Poll! New West on a Saturday of a Long Weekend!
  4. 4. Q2: What is the rate of disability in Canada? Source: Canadian Survey on Disability, 2012
  5. 5. A2: 13.7% of Canadians aged 15 and above (or, about 3.8 million) Source: Canadian Survey on Disability, 2012
  6. 6. Q3: What are the most common types of disabilities? Source: Canadian Survey on Disability, 2012
  7. 7. A3: 1. Pain (9.7%) 2. Flexibility (7.6%) 3. Mobility (7.2%) 40% experienced all three at same time. Source: Canadian Survey on Disability, 2012
  8. 8. Q4: What is the rate of disability in Canadian youth? Source: Canadian Survey on Disability, 2012
  9. 9. Q4: 4.4% of Canadians aged 15 - 24 Source: Canadian Survey on Disability, 2012
  10. 10. Q5: What are the most common types of disabilities in youth? Source: Canadian Survey on Disability, 2012
  11. 11. A5: 1. Mental / Psychological (2.2%) 2. Learning Disabilities (2.0%) 3. Pain (1.9%) Source: Canadian Survey on Disability, 2012
  12. 12. Q6: What percentage of Canadians with a disability use an aid or assistive device? Source: Canadian Survey on Disability, 2012
  13. 13. A6: 81.3% Source: Canadian Survey on Disability, 2012
  14. 14. Q7 Employment Rates Person without disabilities? Person with disabilities? Source: PALS 2006
  15. 15. A7 Employment Rates Person without Disability: 75.1% Person with Disability: 52.7% Source: PALS 2006
  16. 16. Q8 Youth Employment Rates Youth without disabilities? Youth with disabilities? Source: SLID 2010
  17. 17. A8 Youth Employment Rates Youth without Disability: 36.9% Youth with Disability: 27.7% Source: SLID 2010
  18. 18. Q9 Youth Employment Rates with less than High School Education Youth without disabilities? Youth with disabilities? Source: SLID 2010
  19. 19. A9 Youth Employment Rates with less than High School Education Without Disability: 26.0% With Disability: 10.2% Source: SLID 2010
  20. 20. Source: SLID 2010
  21. 21. Q10 Youth Post secondary education Youth without disabilities? Youth with disabilities? Source: PALS 2006
  22. 22. A10 Youth Post secondary education Youth without disabilities: 51.5% Youth with disabilities: 31.8% Source: PALS 2006
  23. 23. OUR PROGRAMMING
  24. 24. Neil Squire Society Programming • Assistive Technology • Computer Tutoring • Computer Refurbishing • Employment
  25. 25. Solutions • Provide assessments and training focused on the individual • Occupational Therapists & Assistive Technology Specialists • Over 250 pieces of hardware & software
  26. 26. Computer Comfort • One-on-one Computer Tutoring with a volunteer • Once a week for two hours, for 4 months • Client sets the learning goals • http://youtu.be/MfYqTSPVhZc • Won 2012 City of Vancouver Access and Inclusion Award
  27. 27. Computer Refurbishing • Provide used computers to people with disabilities • Reloaded with Microsoft Windows 7 and Office 2010 • Follow-up tech assistance • http://youtu.be/he53ng mucnc
  28. 28. E-A – Employ-Ability • 12 week program to develop a career action plan • A focus on: – Career Development – Wellness for Work
  29. 29. Youth Employ-Ability • 8 weeks in class • 8 weeks of work experience • http://www.youtu.be /L20u-rHWDVc
  30. 30. Working Together • Wage Subsidy Program • Provides an Employer with up to $30,000 to offset wages and accommodations in hiring a person with a disability.
  31. 31. Across Canada and Online Last year, 49% of clients that accessed our employment programs did so by Distance Learning
  32. 32. MYTHS AND REALITIES
  33. 33. Myth 1: Hiring some with a disability is expensive Source: Rethinking DisAbility in the Private Sector (2013)
  34. 34. Reality 1: Hiring some with a disability is not expensive • 57% no workplace accommodation is required • 37% one-time cost to accommodate • The average amount spent for accommodation is $500. • *plus the wage subsidy program! Source: Rethinking DisAbility in the Private Sector (2013)
  35. 35. Myth 2: Workers with disabilities do not perform well. Source: Rethinking DisAbility in the Private Sector (2013)
  36. 36. Reality 2: Workers with disabilities perform really well! • 90% of workers with disabilities rated average or better in job performance (DuPont 2007) • 77% of workers with disabilities met or exceeded expectations (BMO 2012) Source: Rethinking DisAbility in the Private Sector (2013)
  37. 37. Myth 3: The company’s bottom line will suffer if we hire people with disabilities Source: Return on Disability The National
  38. 38. Reality 3: The company’s bottom line improves by hiring people with disabilities • Less sick days • Less turn over • Companies with a disability human resources strategy outperform the market Source: Return on Disability The National
  39. 39. Business Case for Hiring a Person with a Disability • Mark Wafer, owner of 7 Tim Horton’s franchises • http://youtu.be/P23uxGlWHPc
  40. 40. www.neilsquire.ca I’m Chad, From Neil Squire Society chadl@neilsquire.ca 604-473-9373 @chadleaman www.neilsquire.ca @neilsquiresoc Open House Thursday June 26th!
  41. 41. www.neilsquire.ca Sources • Canadian Survey on Disability (2012) – http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/89-654-x/89-654-x2013002-eng.htm Participation and Activity Limitation Survey (2006) - http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/89- 628-x/89-628-x2007002-eng.htm • Survey of Labour and Income Dynamics (SLID) - http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/75-001- x/2009105/article/10865-eng.htm • Rethinking DisAbility in the Private Sector (2013) - http://www.esdc.gc.ca/eng/disability/consultations/rethinking_disabilities.shtml • BMO Survey: More than Half of Small Businesses Have Never Hired a Person with a Disability https://newsroom.bmo.com/press-releases/bmo-survey-more-than- half-of-small-businesses-hav-tsx-bmo-201210020823074001 • Return on Disability: http://returnondisability.com/disability-market/ • The National (Feb 26 2014): http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/TV+Shows/The+National/ID/2439669551/

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