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ODEN-Summer Employment Program Survey

Employment can change lives. Yet, the research shows us that youth who have a disability often face barriers to accessing early work experiences such as co-op and summer jobs. These are important learning opportunities that help youth obtain work after leaving high school.
During National Youth Week, ODEN will promote access to employment for youth who have a disability by ensuring that stakeholders such as family and educators are aware of the service providers in their community who operate summer employment programs.
Please complete this quick survey and provide us information about your service and programs focused on youth employment (15-29 years of age).

Leah Bowman at 9:33 AM
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Accessibility Barriers Consultation

Session Information

During these discussions, participants will be asked to share their thoughts on the accessibility barriers they have experienced in accessing services with the CRA. To prepare, participants will be provided with discussion questions and background information two days in advance of the meeting. If you have any questions or concerns, you can also email the project team at [email protected] or call the project team at 1 (866) 217-7176.

Platform used: Zoom
Session length: Two hours



Recognizing the value of your lived experience and expertise, a $200 honourarium will be provided for two-hour group discussions, and a $100 honorarium will be provided for one-hour individual interviews.


To provide you with an honourarium, we will be collecting your name and email. This information will not be shared with anyone outside of Delaney and Associates, and this data will be destroyed once honourarium payment has been confirmed.


We request that you attend either a group consultation session or an individual interview; individuals will not be paid more than once for their participation.



To register for a session, choose a date and time that works best for you. Sessions will be held in English or French. For American Sign Language, langue des signes québécoise, captioning, and other accommodation requests, please complete the event registration for your specific virtual group discussion.


Attend a virtual group discussion in English:

May 16, 2022 | 6:00 PM PST (9:00 PM EST)
May 24, 2022 | 5:00 AM PST (8:00 AM EST)

Attend a virtual group discussion in French:

17 mai 2022 | 6:00 AM PST (9:00 AM EST)
18 mai 2022 | 2:30 PM PST (5:30 PM EST)
25 mai 2022 | 9:30 AM PST (12:30 PM EST)

Leah Bowman at 9:27 AM
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Canadian Arab Women's Association-Survey

The Canadian Arab Women's Association has been busy gathering survey responses from Arab women in Waterloo Region and Guelph. This survey has a goal to identify the gaps in services geared towards the Arab community, and women in particular, but also to better understand the Arab community in Waterloo Region and Guelph and their specific needs. The information will be used by CAWA to design more responsive programs and services. Please share this survey in your networks and among staff. We are looking for responses from all Arab women, 18+ in Waterloo Region or Guelph.

Leah Bowman at 10:52 AM
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Parental Self-Efficacy in Parents of Autistic Youth - Study Recruitment

My name is Rita Abdel-Baki and I am a Clinical Psychology PhD Student at the University of Guelph. I am completing my dissertation under the supervision of Dr. Kristel Thomassin in the Child Emotion and Mental Health Lab. For my dissertation, I am researching parental self-efficacy, or how well a parent feels able to meet their child’s needs, in parents of children with an autism spectrum disorder. I hope to learn more about how parental self-efficacy relates to parent, child, and systemic factors. This project has been reviewed by the Research Ethics Board for compliance with federal guidelines for research involving human participants (REB# 21-05-012). 


Parents or caregivers with a child who is 6-18 years old and has been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (including autistic disorder, Asperger’s syndrome, or pervasive developmental disorder – not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS)) are welcome to participate.


If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at [email protected]

Leah Bowman at 3:45 PM
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Disability Without Poverty survey

Please click on the link below, go to the survey tab, and make sure that, at every chance you get, you add comments in the 'Other' box to state what needs to be fixed for people with disabilities to not be left behind in the Spring federal budget.


This is our only chance since none of the boxes have the word 'disability'. None.




Need help figuring out what people with disabilities need?  Go to https://www.disabilitywithoutpoverty.ca/


Let's fight this #BudgetAbleism together.

Leah Bowman at 11:21 AM
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