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Individuals with hearing impairments often use some combination of lip-reading, sign language, and amplification to understand spoken information. People who are deaf from birth generally have more difficulty speaking and understanding the structure of language than those who lost their hearing later in life. In a job setting, everyday noises -- fans and lights -- that are not a bother to hearing people, may have a profound effect on the ability of people with hearing impairments.

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Community Roadmap to Employment

DREN releases priorities for the Community Roadmap to Employment on International Day of Persons with Disabilities

"We mark this year’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities in the wake of the adoption of the ambitious 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  This global blueprint for action summons us to “leave no one behind”."

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

DREN marks this year's International Day of Persons with Disabilities by doing our part in our community to "leave no one behind". We are not alone in our work to increase the economic participation of persons with disabilities in Durham Region. This year our focus is on youth with disabilities.

Over 100 community members from Durham Region came together on November 25th with the intention of co-creating a Community Roadmap to Employment for Youth with Barriers to Employment. 

The Community Roadmap to Employment opening circle comprised of over a 100 community members from employment service providers, community agencies, educators, employers, persons with disabilities, municipalities, funding organizations, parents and even the Mayor of Oshawa. They signed up voluntarily to participate and had to only meet one criteria: be passionate about increasing the economic participation for youth with disabilities in Durham Region.

Opening circle for the Community Roadmap to Employment for Youth. Photo courtesy of ODEN network.

By the end of the day utilizing an open space technology format a plan was in place, action teams formed and a commitment was solidified to increase the economic participation for youth in Durham.

Six Priorities of The Community Roadmap to Employment for Youth with Disabilities

  • Employer Development 
  • Engaging Schools 
  • Fear Factor
  • BarrierFree Hiring Processes
  • Role of Local Government
  • Networking

Action Teams were formed for the six priorities and each team developed an overall approach to moving the priority forward. First steps were also created. If you would like to be part of the action as a member of one of the Priority Action Teams contact DREN's executive director Donna McAllister at 905-720-1777 or by emailing her at dmcallister@dren.org  

This Employment Ontario project is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.

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