Best Practices and Training Funds for Employing Adults with Developmental Disabilities

January 27th, 2014

Community Living BC and the Canadian Association for Supported Employment (CASE) today announced the first set of national best practices for employing people with developmental disabilities in Canada. CLBC will also invest approximately $56,000 over the next three months to support regional training for their network of employment service providers across the province.

Available at www.employmentforall.ca, the best practices reflect research and evaluation led by CASE with service providers across Canada over the past 18 months. The nine best practices to help improve employment supports for adults with developmental disabilities are:

  • Choice and control
  • Paid employment
  • Partnership
  • Full inclusion
  • Job search
  • Individualized
  • Natural supports
  • Long term support, and
  • Continuous quality improvement

Designed by Open School BC, the new supporting website includes user-friendly information for employers, job seekers, service providers and family members. It also features videos, and success stories and information for individuals, employers and service providers about supported employment practices. Supported employment is a person-centred approach to job creation that helps an individual with a disability find and keep a job.

Established in 1999, CASE is a national association of community-based service providers and stakeholders who are active in employment for persons with disabilities to promote full citizenship. Recent research into inclusive hiring practices of adults with disabilities has shown that:

  • 82 per cent are average to above average in performance.
  • 86 per cent have average to above average attendance records.
  • 97 per cent are average to above average in safety on the job.
  • They are five times more likely to stay on the job than other workers.

The national best practices support the goals and objectives of CLBC’s three-year Community Action Employment Plan which was released earlier this year. For more information about CLBC’s jobs strategy, visit www.communitylivingbc.ca.

Backgrounders:

Quotes:

Community Living BC Interim CEO, Doug Woollard:

“We are pleased to be supporting the introduction of these best practices and hope community living organizations in B.C. and across Canada will use them effectively to create quality job opportunities for people. We are also pleased to provide funding to support regional training opportunities for our service provider network in British Columbia to increase their capacity to deliver high quality job opportunities for adults with diverse abilities who want to work.”

Tracy Williams, President, Canadian Association for Supported Employment:

“There have been hundreds of people involved in creating our network; this partnership is the result of that work and the amazing support of organizations such as CLBC. We believe in and support local solutions for local issues, but that also means supporting innovation and new ideas from across the country. We at CASE believe this website will assist employers, job seekers, support workers and families to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to obtain gainful employment.”

Faith Bodnar, Executive Director, Inclusion BC:

“The launch of this best practices website comes at a critical time when economic growth makes it essential to capitalize on everyone’s ability to participate in and better meet the needs of an evolving labour force. People with developmental disabilities are well positioned to take on the challenges of real work and become full participating members of the work force. We know the path to full citizenship includes real work for real pay and the opportunity to showcase best practises in how we support individuals and employers to succeed is central to realizing this goal. This website is a tremendous resource in making citizenship and economic participation for people with developmental disabilities a reality.”

Contact:

Community Living BC
Communications
604-209-7608

Tracy Williams, President
Canadian Association for Supported Employment
204-727-2322

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