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Developing Individual Accommodation Plans for Employees with Disabilities

The Conference Board of Canada, February 14, 2018
Recorded Webinar
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Under Ontario’s new accessibility legislation, organizations with 50 or more employees are required to develop individualized accommodation plans for employees with disabilities that require them. Clear, collaborative, documented plans help ensure individuals have the supports needed to optimize their capabilities. Managers make accommodations for all their employees as a matter of course. For people with disabilities this simply requires the extra step of creating a living document that gets updated as needs change. In this webinar participants will learn about the collaborative process of developing an individual accommodation plan, including the conversation with employees who require a plan. Additionally, the webinar will discuss mental health and some common accommodations that can make a difference for employees. This webinar is intended for people leaders who want to learn about their role in leading the process with team members who request accommodation. Additionally, accessibility and inclusion champions seeking guidance on how they can prepare and support managers will benefit from attending.

Webinar Highlights

This 60-minute recorded webinar discusses tips and coaching tools to support managers, including:

  • What is the requirement under the employment standard
  • Situations where the need for an accommodation plan might arise
  • The importance of dialogue before drafting the plan
  • The fear factor—concern about saying and doing the wrong thing
  • How to plan the discussion
  • The role of third parties and experts
  • Accessing resources
  • Invisible disabilities
  • Initiating the conversation where employees have not requested accommodations
  • Supporting employees with mental health challenges

About Ayesha

Photo of Ayesha ZubairAyesha Zubair is a Manager, Employee Experience Listening & Insights at RBC, where she is helping design what it means to be an RBC employee by championing the voice of the employees and by conducting primary and secondary research. Ayesha is an active volunteer at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital as a Youth Mentor. She also serves on the Accessibility Advisory Committee and Customer Experience Advisory Committee for Metrolinx, acts as a Board member for the Centre for Independent Living in Toronto (CILT) and sits on the Employment Standards Development Committee for the Accessibility of Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).

About Renée

Photo of Renée OuimetRenée Ouimet was the Director of the Capacity Building and Education Division at Canadian Mental Health Association, Ottawa Branch until her retirement from her position in January 2018. She now works part time for CMHA. She is a social worker by profession and has been working in the mental health field for over 35 years. She is a certified Mental Health Works trainer. She is passionate about mental health in the workplace.

About Ruth

Photo of Ruth WrightRuth Wright is Director, Human Resources and Inclusive Talent Management Research at The Conference Board of Canada. Ruth has authored numerous reports on the topic of inclusive, accessible workplace practices and is a frequent speaker on the topic. Her research team developed the Employers’ Toolkit: Making Ontario Workplaces Accessible to People With Disabilities which helps employers comply with the Employment Standard as set out under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. She sits on the Employment Standards Development Committee for the Accessibility of Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).

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