Reducing barriers to post secondary education and employment for youth with disabilities through mentorship programs



The accessibility of post-secondary education is an essential component of the socio-economic well-being of societies. Many youth, especially those with disabilities, find the transition to college/university and employment challenging. Despite their potential to contribute to the labour force, people with disabilities are persistently under-represented in post-secondary education and paid employment. Although the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Canada Human Rights Act guarantee equality and prohibit discrimination, people with disabilities continue to encounter barriers and discrimination in entering college and the workforce. One promising approach to reducing barriers to post-secondary education and employment is through peer mentorship programs. Although there is a growing literature on mentorship programs for youth with disabilities, it has not yet been synthesized. This study will critically appraise the  best practices and effective components of mentorship programs and highlight gaps in understanding and areas for future research.


Sally Lindsay, PhD,Dolly Menna Dack,Nadia Niles-Campbell, Sara Diedrichs

Funding Agency

Ontario Human Capital Research and Innovation Fund (Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities) (2014-2015)

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