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Leah Bowman at 8:42 AM
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Employer Forum Series

Ready, Willing and Able (RWA) invites you to attend our upcoming webinar series. This 4-part series will bring together employers, employees on the autism spectrum or with an intellectual disability, employment agencies, labour market analysts, researchers and other subject matter experts from across the country to present and discuss the various impacts and implications of inclusive employment. Each webinar will consist of a panel presentation with plenty of time for questions and answers.


Forum 1: Corporate Leadership – How to innovate through inclusive hiring

Tuesday October 4th, 2022, 12:30-1:30 pm EST
Insights from: Costco, Auticon, DHL and EY


Forum 2: The Future of Work and Emerging Employment Opportunities

Wednesday October 5th, 2022, 12:30-1:30 pm EST
Insights from: Statistics Canada, Specialisterne and SCE LifeWorks


Forum 3: Diversity and Inclusive Hiring in the E-Commerce, Manufacturing, & Logistics Sectors

Thursday October 6th, 2022, 12:30-1:30 pm EST
Insights from: Amazon and Sephora


Forum 4: From Jobs to Careers - Exploring Career Advancement

Wednesday October 12th, 2022, 12:30-1:30 pm EST
Insights from: Ference and Company, Gateway Associates and Avalon Employment


This webinar is for:

  • Employers of all sizes and industries; it will be particularly relevant to executives, managers, human resources, and hiring managers;
  • Employees on the autism spectrum or with an intellectual disability;
  • Employment agencies looking for more information on how best to support clients;
  • Anyone interested in advancing workplace inclusion is also encouraged to attend!

ASL interpretation and closed captioning will be provided in each session. Sessions will be in English only. A recording of the webinar series will be available in French shortly after.


To register, click here.

Leah Bowman at 5:38 PM
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Join the Youth Advisory Committee (YAC)!

The Re:Action4Inclusion Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) is a provincial movement of youth from across Ontario that has steadily advocated for social change for over a decade. This movement is driven and empowered by youth leaders, with and without a disability, who see the importance of the basic human need to belong. This provincial network of youth is committed to overcoming the feelings of isolation and exclusion youth feel by embracing a culture of equity and inclusion.


Interested in getting involved with the Youth Advisory Committee? Want to work with a team of like-minded people to make a difference? Apply here!


Want to learn more? Click here.


And if you still have questions, contact:

Agnes Palaganas, CLO's Youth and Community Engagement Coordinator, at [email protected]


Nicole Canzoneri, Chair of YAC 2021–2022, at [email protected]

Leah Bowman at 5:34 PM
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Promoting Healthy Families Study

With the past few years bringing unprecedented hardship to all families, especially those with young and school-aged children, there has never been a greater need to provide support. The Offord Centre for Child Studies at McMaster University has partnered with four mental health agencies across Ontario to launch a parenting and family support study called Promoting Healthy Families. The overall goal is to take a closer look at two parenting programs (Triple P and Circle of Security) and to understand if, and how, families can benefit from these programs.


Both the Positive Parenting Program (Triple P) and Circle of Security Parenting Program (COSP) offer a structured way for parents and caregivers to develop practical skills to help decrease challenging behaviours and emotions in young children and help family relationships. By taking part in this study, parents and caregivers may find that they feel more positive about themselves and their caregiving skills, while providing valuable information on how we help other families in the future.


Our research team is committed to ensuring our programs are accessible to all families, with additional care to reach families who may face traditional barriers to services such as limited access to technology and wi-fi services. To ensure equal opportunity, our study will provide:

  • Immediate, direct, and free-of-charge access to one of our parenting programs, led by highly qualified, trained service providers
  • Access to iPad devices and internet for study visits, free of charge (upon request)
  • Completely virtual service, in consideration of Covid-19 guidelines
  • Compensation in gift cards upon completion of study visits
  • Flexible scheduling of study visits to accommodate busy families

Our study is actively looking for families with children aged 2-6 years to enroll in this study. 


For more information, click here.

Leah Bowman at 4:47 PM
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