Employers’ Lessons Learned in Hiring, Retaining and Advancing Employees with Disabilities
ACCESS ABILITY: STRATEGY REPORT
Released: Saturday March 5, 2022
Exclusionary atmospheres and biases in hiring and advancement have long prevented people with disabilities from employing their full range of talents at work. The pandemic has changed work in ways that have created both new benefits and new barriers for people with disabilities. It has also challenged employers’ abilities and priorities to grow and support their workforce.
In pursuit of a post-pandemic economy that is equitable for all and positioned for growth, PPF launched the Access Ability project (Fall 2020) to engage with its network of major Canadian employers and federal and provincial policymakers to tackle the issue of exclusionary design and bias in recruitment, hiring and advancement affecting workers with disabilities. The Access Ability Roundtable series (February 2021) gathered candid, qualitative input from diverse representatives from medium and large employers across Canada about their efforts to improve inclusion of employees with disabilities.
The Access Ability strategy report synthesizes this research and engagement to identify how organizational structures, leadership skills and policy supports could help employers hire and advance people with disabilities, create more equitable workplaces and improve employee wellbeing.
Building on this work, the PPF Academy developed the Access Ability Executive Program, which combines the main research findings of the Access Ability project with an experiential peer learning and change management approach to advance disability inclusion. By creating policy learning and training resources for employers and policymakers, we aim to transform organizational practices alongside our network of Canadian employers.
Access Ability Project Launch & Panel with Anna-Karina Tabuñar of Talent Untapped Group, Jamie Burton of the Canadian Council for Rehabilitation and Work (CCRW) and Dr. Julie Cafley of Canada’s New Digital Research Infrastructure Organization (NDRIO)
Roundtable Series investigating employers’ experiences in four priority areas for change:
Pilot Workshops & Learning Journey developing peer-to-peer learning networks and transformational learning opportunities with Canadian employers and disability advocates.
Future of Accessible Work Revisited Panel with Yazmine Laroche – Deputy Minister of Public Service Accessibility and the Honourable Carla Qualtrough – Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion for the Government of Canada, and Amyn Thawer, Vice-President, Head of Global Compliance and Integrity at LinkedIn
Access Ability: Ensuring Disability Inclusion Alongside EDI Efforts
Experts in disability inclusion offered an in-depth briefing and discussion of Access Ability research findings around disclosure and disability in EDI.
The Access Ability project is guided by the following principles:
The Access Ability project is pleased to engage an expert advisory panel which represents people with lived experience, academics, employers, and advocates to guide the project development and shape the workshop curriculum. PPF is appreciative of their active participation, advice for this project and is pleased to introduce them and acknowledge their excellent work: