In celebration of National AccessAbility Week and Red Shirt Day 2021, Easter Seals Canada partnered with the the PROUD Project (Phenomenological Research/Remedies on Employment & Disability Project) at the University of Toronto to offer this webinar.
The PROUD project focuses on understanding and communicating the lived experiences of people with disabilities in the workforce and those of employers who hire and retain them, in five different countries. At the time of the webinar, they were midway through their Canadian research, having heard from disabled workers and entrepreneurs, and starting to gather stories from managers, HR specialists and CEOS. This webinar recounts the experiences and reveals the insights from participants that speak to the many problems faced by people with physical disabilities as well as the solutions they suggest. The research asks whether there is an optimum environment that enables some people who have a physical impairment to thrive in the workforce. The goal of the research is to develop a guide or “best practices” for inclusive employment by gleaning ideas from these groups.
So far, the PROUD Project learned that successful employment is a combination of personal attributes and attitudes, as well as institutional and social structures which embrace universal solutions and design. The interviews have also revealed the unique benefits that people with disabilities bring to the workplace. The presentation highlights how the integration of people with disabilities in the workforce promotes not only equity, diversity, and inclusion, but also innovation and effectiveness.
For more information about Easter Seals Canada and Red Shirt Day, visit www.RedShirtDay.ca.
To learn more about The PROUD Project, visit www.theproudproject.ca