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Dean Askin, Communications StrategistFiled under In the News, Disability Awareness and Confidence, Inclusive Hiring A new RBC Economics report published July 12 is the latest reinforcement that businesses must access the disability talent pool to remain successful down the road. The report notes some key things in 2021 that are affecting the labour shortage in…

Virtual reality (VR) is mostly known as the realm of gamers. But now — in Ontario, at least — it’s about to burst on the scene in the disability employment sector. Initially, starting at the end of September (through to the middle of March 2022), VR technology called VjobReady is going to be used to…

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Virtual reality (VR) is mostly known as the realm of gamers. But now — in Ontario, at least — it’s about to burst on the scene in the disability employment sector.

And it’s kind of neat that the employment service provider behind the development of this VR training application, is one of ODEN’s members.

Career Services of Brockville’s Cynthia Sparring and Chad Noonan talk about their vision, and why winning a grant and bringing VR technology to disability employment training is so important.

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The global coronavirus pandemic has rapidly changed the workplace; swiftly broken down some myths and misconceptions about disability that have lingered for decades; smashed some perceived barriers to employment for people who have a disability; and sparked more conversation about the business benefits of inclusive hiring. Inclusive hiring drives success on many levels in businesses….

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Inclusive and successful-for-everyone onboarding is integral to the overall inclusive culture in your business. But there’s just one crucial thing — you need to have an onboarding program to begin with. According to statistics, onboarding is an afterthought for many businesses. An Allied Workforce Mobility Survey found almost a quarter (22%) of companies don’t do…

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The culture of your business plays an important role — the more inclusive it is, the better off your business. It doesn’t matter whether you’re at the helm of a global corporation, or a local small-to-medium enterprise (SME). In a January 2018 Deloitte Review article, The Diversity and Inclusion Revolution — Eight Powerful Truths, co-authors…

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For everything from communications, to point-of-sale to supply chain management, businesses rely on technology today. It’s ingrained in and integral to business operations. Artificial intelligence (AI) is revolutionizing how companies manage their supply chains; how customers pay at the point of sale; and how businesses recruit. There’s a lot of power in emerging AI, and…

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When you’re looking for qualified people to join your business, how accessible is your recruiting process? Think about this for a minute. In 2006, the United Nations adopted the Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). It internationally established accessibility as a basic human right for “all persons with all types of disabilities.” And…

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