Jun 02 2021


11:00 am - 12:00 pm



What Does Disability Inclusion Bring to the Workplace? (easter seals Canada)

In celebration of National AccessAbility Week (May 30 – June 5, 2021) and Red Shirt Day (June 2, 2021), Easter Seals Canada is pleased to partner with the the PROUD Project (Phenomenological Research/Remedies on Employment & Disability Project) at the University of Toronto to offer this free webinar. For more information about Easter Seals Canada and Red Shirt Day, visit

What does disability inclusion bring to the workplace?

The PROUD project focuses on understanding and communicating the lived experiences of people with disabilities in the workforce and those of employers who hire and retain them, in five different countries. We are mid-way through our Canadian research, having heard from disabled workers and entrepreneurs, and starting to gather stories from managers, HR specialists and CEOS. This webinar recounts the experiences and reveals the insights from our participants that speak to the many problems faced by people with physical disabilities as well as the solutions they suggest. The research asks whether there is an optimum environment that enables some people who have a physical impairment to thrive in the workforce. The goal of the research is to develop a guide or “best practices” for inclusive employment by gleaning ideas from these groups.

So far, we’ve learned that successful employment is a combination of personal attributes and attitudes, as well as institutional and social structures which embrace universal solutions and design. Our interviews have also revealed the unique benefits that people with disabilities bring to the workplace. The presentation highlights how the integration of people with disabilities in the workforce promotes not only equity, diversity, and inclusion, but also innovation and effectiveness.