Program offers job support for disabled

Supported Employment Services/Career Unlimited, the Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services, and The Changing Point have teamed up to offer people with disabilities a renewed optimism for future possibilities through employment and support and employers an opportunity to diversify their workforce.
Fort Frances will host two of the events for the Ontario-wide initiative on Tuesday, Feb. 27 at K of C Hall (404 Scott St.)
The first event for the perspective employees with disabilities, entitled “Discover the Power of One,” will be a luncheon of inspiration, education, and dialogue from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
The inspiration will begin the event with guest speaker Ian Hill, who is president of The Changing Point (www.thechangingpoint.com), an organization that employs several workers with disabilities.
It is known throughout North America as a force-multiplying catalyst of positive change in the lives of individuals, workplaces, neighbourhoods, and communities.
Hill, who is leading this life-changing, grassroots effort, will share his insight to overcoming great adversity, as well as provide attendees with tangible tools and the inspiration to be successful in life and in the workforce.
“I am very excited to be a part of this Ontario-wide initiative,” said Hill.
“During this event, we will have the opportunity to speak directly with those individuals wanting to make themselves, and the Fort Frances community, a better place.”
Next, attendees will be educated. They will be able to meet one-to-one with program staff and learn about the new and improved changes to Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP).
They also will discover the benefits to becoming employed and maintaining employment with Employment Services and Ontario Works (OW).
Lastly, during lunch, attendees will be able to dialogue with others facing similar challenges, as well as service providers, ODSP staff, OW staff, and Hill.
For more information or to register for this event, contact Susan Shiska, Ontario Disability Support Program, at 1-800-268-2970 ext. 279.
Seating is limited, and reimbursements for travel may be available (please inquire when you register).
An employer forum will be the second event in Fort Frances that will take place Tuesday, Feb. 27 from 7:30-9 a.m. at the K of C Hall.
This breakfast meeting also is free and open to any employer who would like to gain knowledge on employing individuals with disabilities, have access to a large base of employees to choose from, and take advantage of the benefits of partnering with Supported Employment.
Hill also will be on hand for the employer forum, which is designed to be a unique dialogue of innovative ideas and discussion of solutions to the recruitment and retention challenges that businesses—big and small—face in today’s ever-changing marketplace.
The morning’s dialogue will be relevant, practical, and meaningful, and the employers who attend will leave with fresh ideas and the inspiration to put them into practice.
Space is limited.
To register for the employer forum, call or fax Barry McTavish or Jeanne Pasch with Supported Employment Services/Careers Unlimited at 274-8727 or by fax at 274-5009.

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