Employers’ Toolkit: Making Ontario Workplaces Accessible to People With Disabilities, 2nd Edition

The Conference Board of Canada, 189 pages, October 2, 2015
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This fully accessible toolkit was created to help Ontario employers tap into a vibrant and underutilized labour pool—people with disabilities—and to assist employers in meeting the Employment Standard of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.

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The Conference Board of Canada has partnered with the Ontario government’s EnAbling Change Program to develop resources to help employers tap into a vibrant and underutilized labour pool—people with disabilities. This toolkit provides practical advice to employers of all sizes about simple changes they can implement to make their workplaces more inclusive for people with disabilities and suggestions on complying with the Employment Standard as set out under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. It includes resources such as checklists, tips and techniques, links to other resources, case studies (business profiles), and guidelines for small businesses to help employers implement accessible employment strategies and practices.

Table of Contents

Foreword

Chapter 1—Introduction

  • Purpose of the Toolkit
  • How to Use the Toolkit

Chapter 2—A Focus on Accessibility: Creating an Inclusive Workplace for Employees With Disabilities

  • A Statistical Portrait
  • What Is an Inclusive Work Environment for Employees With Disabilities?
  • The Business Case for Creating an Inclusive Workplace for Employees With Disabilities
  • How to Create an Inclusive Work Environment for Employees With Disabilities
  • How the Accessibility Standard for Employment Can Help

Chapter 3—Recruitment and Selection

  • Tapping Into the Talent
  • Tips and Good Practices for Letting Prospective Applicants Know About Accommodations
  • Tips and Good Practices for Interviewing and Assessment

Chapter 4—The Accommodation Process

  • Duty to Accommodate
  • Considerations for Developing a Written Accommodation Process
  • Tips and Good Practices for Providing Accessible Formats and Communication Supports
  • Tips and Good Practices for Providing Workplace Emergency Response Information

Chapter 5—The Return-to-Work Process

  • Considerations for Developing a Successful Return-to-Work Process
  • Tips and Good Practices for Return-to-Work Processes

Chapter 6—Retention

  • Tips and Good Practices for Managing Performance
  • Tips and Good Practices for Career Development and Advancement

Appendix A—Tools and Templates

  • Appendix A.1—Accessible Interviewing Checklist
  • Appendix A.2—Sample Interview Script Guidelines
  • Appendix A.3—Sample Notification to Successful Applicants
  • Appendix A.4—Sample Functional Capacity Assessment (Full) Form
  • Appendix A.5—Sample Functional Capacity Assessment (Short) Form
  • Appendix A.6—Sample Written Accommodation Process
  • Appendix A.7—Sample Individual Accommodation Plan
  • Appendix A.8—Examples of Job Accommodations
  • Appendix A.9—Sample Worksheet: Identification of Potential Barriers During an Emergency Response
  • Appendix A.10—Sample Individualized Employee Emergency Response Information Form
  • Appendix A.11—Sample Job Task Analysis Form
  • Appendix A.12—Sample Return-to-Work Process
  • Appendix A.13—Sample Return-to-Work Plan Form

Appendix B—Selected Resources

  • Employment
  • Regional Employment Agencies
  • Accommodation
  • Return to Work

Appendix C—List of Interviewees

  • Employers Interviewed
  • Key Informants Interviewed

Appendix D—Respondent Profile

Appendix E—Bibliography

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