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Youth with disabilities are as varied in their choice of employment as their peers without disability. Inclusive hiring practices are providing opportunities for these youth to reach their potential, and for employers to discover that the value of inclusive hiring practices can go beyond filling a position to changing the culture of work environments to be more welcoming and reflective of the larger society.

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Employers’ Lessons Learned in Hiring, Retaining, and Advancing Employees with Disabilities (2022)

Produced by the Public Policy Forum and authored by Marlena Flick and Rosemary McManus, this report gathered data from a review of research and from a series of roundtables held with people with lived experience, human resources personnel, and industry executives from companies with more than 50 employees, all with a commitment to inclusive employment. Findings include the following: there is a need for concrete strategies to overcome long-standing non-inclusive systems; people with lived experiences know what can make workplaces more inclusive and this needs to be acknowledged and acted on at all levels of an organization; and finally that measuring progress must be continual, intentional, and flexible.

Includes a summary.

Reading time: Under 20 minutes


Embracing neurodiversity at work: How Canadians with autism can help employers close the talent gap

Autism is not a processing error, it’s another operating system. auticon Canada

Auticon Canada is a consultancy and social agency that supplies organizations with individuals on the autism spectrum who are skilled in IT areas like quality assurance and testing, analytics, software development and migration, compliance and reporting, and performance testing. Deloitte teamed up with auticon Canada to identify how companies can do more to recruit and retain people from this talent pool. The report highlights barriers to employment faced by individuals and identifies opportunities for employers to successfully hire, onboard, and retain staff with autism.

 

Reading time: Approx. 30 minutes

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