Opportunity Link Module 2

Hiring & Training Workers with a Disability – Intro

Employment and the nature of Canadian workplaces are changing. Jobs are now requiring different skills as more people are drawn into a technology driven labour force. Jobs in a variety of service industries continue to expand and place demands on the labour market. In the coming years, an aging population will have a large impact […]

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Information About People With Intellectual Disabilities

An intellectual disability is usually a condition that is present from birth. It is sometimes called a “mental handicap” or a “developmental disability”. An intellectual disability is not the same as a mental illness, which is a disease or disorder that develops after birth. The following is some basic information about people with intellectual disabilities: […]

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Benefits of Including Workers With Intellectual Disabilities in Your Workplace

In surveys carried out in Canada and in United States, employers of people with intellectual disabilities have noted some common characteristics among these employees; Work attendance is high Employees are dedicated to their work The turn over rate of employees with intellectual disabilities is no higher than other employees performing similar jobs. Productivity and initiative […]

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Identifying Employment Opportunities

Jobs which people with intellectual disabilities can perform successfully are continually being identified. In thinking about possible opportunities for employment, consider the following: You may have jobs currently available and you already know exactly what work you have for a new employee; or You may want to create an opportunity for a new and hard […]

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Suggestions for Conducting Employment Interviews

Hiring the right person for the job always starts with preparing for and conducting a good interview. The person you will be meeting brings skills and abilities to the interview, and wants a fair and equitable opportunity to present his or her job qualifications. Before you begin the employment interview, it may be helpful to […]

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Workplace Orientation for New Employees

A good introduction to the workplace can help new employees more easily adjust to working at their new jobs and create a greater sense of community among employees. The initial introduction of a new employee into the work place is an ordinary occurrence in most businesses. There should be no more “fan fare” for the […]

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Workplace Accommodations

Some, but certainly not all, employees with an intellectual disability may need accommodations in the workplace in order to become and remain productive and efficient workers. Accommodations are often depended on the individual hired and the requirements for the job to be done. Defining what is needed is the first step of the job accommodation […]

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Supervising and Training Your New Employee

The amount of training and supervising any employee requires will vary according to his or her abilities, skills, and the complexity of the job. The people in the workplace who will train and supervise a new employee should: Know the specific job tasks, responsibilities, and skills needed for the job being filled; Want to help […]

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Workplace Training: Analyzing the Job and its Tasks

Prior to training a new employee, two questions need to be considered: What does the employee have to learn how to do – what are the job tasks and requirements? How will the employee learn to do the job successfully? Whether or not the employee has a disability, the answer to the second question will […]

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Workplace Training: Providing Assistance

Assistance is the process of providing specific cues or other types of help to which the employee responds. Assistance helps an employee respond appropriately to changes in the tasks with any given job. The amount of assistance is determined by the new employee with the workplace trainer and will vary depending on the new employee’s […]

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Workplace Training: Reinforcing Job Performance

Reinforcement is another important training strategy. As the person learns to do the task of a job successfully, ways to praise his or her good or improving performance can help the training process. For many people, feeling confident is a big part of learning to be successful worker. To provide reinforcement, work place trainers will […]

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Additional Online Resources

Barrier Free Employers: Practical Guide for Employment Accommodation for People with Disabilities, Canadian Human Rights Commission. Available at www.chrc-ccdp.ca/discrimination/barrier_free-en.asp Guide to Hiring People with Disabilities for Saskatchewan Employers. Available at www.sarcsarcan.ca/guide.pdf Job Accommodation Network (JAN). Available at http://janweb.icdi.wvu.edu Within the JAN website, go to the Accommodation Toolbox sidebar, then to JAN Publications, and then to […]

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