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Employment and Accessibility Services for Ontarians with a Spectrum of Abilities

We are a not for profit organization focused on accessibility and inclusion. We support persons with disabilities in finding their future by connecting them with opportunities in employment, education or training.
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Our Employment Services

Career Counselling

Our counsellors are committed to helping those with disabilities to find a job through accessibility training, resume feedback, as well as employer connections.

Connect Employers to Talent

We offer pre-screening of candidates to ensure a successful job match. Hiring incentives to employers to offset the initial training costs of hiring a new employee.

Pre-Employment Training

Pre-Employment Training programs for candidates to prepare them with starting and retaining a new job or career.

Professional Accessibility Training

Accommodation and Accessibility Related Assessments for businesses that wish to ensure AODA compliance.

Programs for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Our service models incorporate inclusion for everyone, including services in American Sign Language for Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals.

Our Employment Programs

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Ontario Employment Assisted Services (ODSP) - Peel

Finding a job can be life changing – especially if you have barriers like a disability, a lack of experience, are new to the area or have been out of the workforce for a while. We provide jobseekers with access to resources, services, and programs to help reduce those barriers.

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Employability Health Support Services (EHSS)

The program will assist participants to secure Work Experience Placements to start or resume on-the-job training in the health sector. Participants will feel confident in their skills and abilities to successfully retain work upon completion

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Workreadiness (WRP)

The Workreadiness Program aims to assist individuals with disabilities to find, secure and retain employment.

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Enabling Trades

The Enabling Trades Program aims to train youth with disabilities with the necessary skills required for work in industrial construction and manufacturing

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Ontario Employment Assisted Services (ODSP) - Dufferin / Wellington

Employment Ontario can help you get training, build skills or find a job. We also help employers train their staff and find the talent they need.

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"The Abilities to Work staff supported me with facing obstacles in my way, challenging myself and finding my strengths. [The staff] are very organized and have skilled work ethics to assist individuals with accepting themselves and building confidence"
- L.M

Applying to our Programs & Services

1. Get in Touch

Reach out to us through your preferred method of contact to set up an appointment with one of our Intake Counsellors. During this meeting we will get to know a bit about you and see which of our services will best suit your goals for employment.

2. Meet with A Counsellor

Following your intake appointment, you may be assigned an Employment Counsellor who will work with you through various one-on-one sessions and workshops to help prepare you for your future career.

3. Connect with Employers

Our Accessible Employment Advisors work to find suitable employers with the ability to accommodate our employment needs.

Our Blog Posts

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Reconciling with Indigenous Communities – Where to Start

On Thursday, May 27, we learned of the horrific discovery of preliminary findings from a survey of the grounds at the former Kamloops “Indian” Residential School that uncovered the remains of 215 children buried at the site. We collectively held our breaths, impacted by the sorrow of this discovery.

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The benefits of Hiring Deaf or Hard of Hearing Individuals

One of the reasons that Deaf or Hard of Hearing individuals are excluded from the hiring process is that employers lack knowledge in the benefits of hiring someone who is Deaf or Hard of Hearing. This untapped labour pool has skills, knowledge, and expertise which can fill the employment shortage gap in Ontario.

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Terminology in the Deaf Community

It can be difficult to know the best way to address a person with a disability, or how to acknowledge their disability. However, it is important that the terms used accurately portray diversity in the community experiencing hearing loss.

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