Individuals and Families

The overall goals of the Community Action Employment Plan are:

  • to increase the number of CLBC-eligible individuals who are participating in employment, and
  • for people who are already employed, but want to work more, to provide increased opportunities for employment.

This means everyone has a role to play.

As recipients of CLBC-funded employment supports, individuals and families play a critical role in participating in, and informing, the work of the Plan. From 2016 to 2019, individuals and families will have the opportunity to be involved in work on these key priorities from the Plan:

  • Participate in, and provide feedback for, the development of Local Employment Action Plans
  • Providing input into the Advancing New Support Options Project, which is developing and implementing an “employment first” service option that delivers improved employment and inclusion outcomes and increases use of informal or generic supports
  • Attend and participate in familyWORKS presentations and meetings
  • Support, attend and raise awareness about local youth transition fairs
  • Ask your school and district to get involved in Local Employment Action Plans
  • Help develop a blueprint for social enterprise
  • Explore options to support families in advancing employment
  • Support the Speakers Bureau and Promoting our Abilities to enable self advocates to play leadership roles

Download information about the role of individuals and families in the Community Action Employment Plan.

Web resources

  • Best Practices for Supported Employment
    User-friendly information for employers, job seekers, service providers and family members.
  • Employment Matters
    A documentary by CBC, explores the untapped market and potential of employing people with intellectual disabilities in the workplace.
  • Employment Matters Too
    The second part of a CBC documentary series focusing on people with intellectual disabilities in the workplace.
  • familyWORKS
    Provide families with a forum for conversations about employment, mentoring through family to family support, and information and resources.
  • Launching Pad for Business
    An innovative approach to helping entrepreneurs with disabilities plan and launch their business.
  • Mapping Inclusive Employment for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities
    On line geo-mapping project that enables people throughout the province to share their experiences with inclusive employment.
  • MentorAbility
    A public awareness and employment development initiative that connects people with developmental disabilities to employers for a day of mentoring.
  • Ready, Willing and Able
    A three-year project to increase the workforce participation of people with developmental disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorder.
  • Promoting our Abilities
    Self advocate developed presentations to educate employers, community leaders, including those from municipal, provincial and federal governments, about the advantages to hiring inclusively.
  • BC Partners in Workforce Innovation
    Innovative recruitment pilot project to help BC employers meet current and future workforce needs, and connect people with diverse abilities to employment opportunities.