Author: Dean Askin

Accessibility is a single word that can have a lot of impact. Every day in Canada, indeed across North America and in countries around the world, many people — especially people who have a disability — face challenges in their daily lives because the built environment we all live in, generally isn’t all that accessible….

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There are more than 200 universities, and more than 200 colleges and institutes in Canada. Certainly no lack of choice for young people looking to pursue post-secondary education. But there’s a problem on campuses across this country. It’s one affecting students, staff and faculty alike — a lack of accessibility and disability inclusion. Statistics show…

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Filed under Inclusive Hiring, Youth Success, Youth Success Strategy Reading time: 2 minutes | Posted by Dean Askin Youth who have a disability face significant barriers and discrimination in seeking both the experiences needed to develop important skills and in obtaining paid employment. Common myths can make it difficult for these youth to achieve their…

Filed under: Inclusive Hiring, Youth Success, Youth Success Strategy Reading time: 6:30 | Posted by Dr. Jennifer Crowson, PhD Photography courtesy Hilary Gauld | One for the Wall Photography and Canadian Down Syndrome Society Did you know that in 2022, 27% of Canadians aged 15 and older had at least one disability? That amounts to…

Ableism. It happens in workplaces, in communities and in society in general, every day. Maybe you have lived experience facing it. Or maybe you’ve practised it, without consciously realizing it. In this episode, we get a perspective on disrupting ableism in the workplace: Why it’s happening, its many forms, its impact and what can, and…

In our Season 5 opener, the two guests who were with us on our 2023 season opener, are back to give us an update on year one of the Inclusive Design for Employment Access initiative, or IDEA for short. A quick recap: IDEA is a six-year research project being done with $9 million of federal…

Canada is known as “Hollywood North.” That’s because so many television shows and series, and theatrical and television films have been, and are filmed, in this country. They include Supernatural, Schitt’s Creek, Hudson and Rex, Deadpool, Star Trek Beyond, Star Trek Discovery and Hot Zone: Anthrax.   According to figures from the Motion Picture Association, film…

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Disability is the world’s largest minority group — one that all of us will likely join at some point in our lives. According to World Health Organization figures, 1.3 billion people globally have a disability.   People who have a disability are just regular people, living their every-day lives one day at a time…like all…

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October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. So we thought, what better time to launch a new, occasional series we’re calling, Making the Journey.   It’s a fitting title for this series. Because when a business leader or owner makes the conscious decision to become intentional about disability inclusion in their organization, it really is a…

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Filed under Disability Awareness & Confidence, Inclusive Hiring, NDEAM Reading time:   6 min.  | Posted by Dean Askin  October’s a few days behind us now. There’s a winter chill in the air. National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) and our annual NDEAM campaign is over for another year.   Now it’s time to keep the conversation…

A Light It Up! For NDEAM National Disability Employment Awareness Month purple light banner shines on the sidewalks of Elgin Plaza at Red River College Polytechnic in Winnipeg on October 19, 2023. It's shining in front of a campus building.