Students with Disabilities

Acquire Career Connections, Employability Skills and Support (ACCESS) Program

Are you seeking clarity about your career future? Wondering how you will develop employment skills and connections through experience? Curious about how you’ll be supported in the workplace once you leave university?

ACCESS is a pilot program that provides experiential learning to students at UTSC who have a disability and face barriers to employment. We held a very successful program in the fall semester with the Scarborough Rouge Hospital.

We will be offering 2 programs in the winter semester; one with Ability Online (an inclusive online community that provides support to youth with varying abilities), and the other with Malvern Family Resource Centre (see below for specific dates and details). Throughout the programs, students will engage in individual and group activities to gain confidence, build professional skills, clarify their career options and make employment connections. 

Participants who attend all sessions for the program selected will receive a $125.00 T-Bucks card.  Lunch and refreshments will also be provided at all in-class sessions for both programs.
 

Program 1.  ABILITY ONLINE:

In this program, commencing on Thursday, January 17 and concluding on Thursday, March 7, students will:

  • Acquire an understanding of accessibility related workplace legislation and accommodations
  • Explore careers of interest by applying entrepreneurial thinking and using different resources
  • Participate in different online projects at Ability Online (planning and implementing a fundraising event, on-line mentorship) and develop innovative ideas for the employer
  • Identify, apply and enhance employability skills and connect them to self-marketing context
  • Articulate and solidify learning through self-assessment and the employer’s evaluation

PROGRAM DATES ARE AS FOLLOWS:

Dates Times Agenda
Thursday, January 17 1:00-4:00 pm Program overview, AODA, projects
Thursday, January 24 1:00-4:00 pm Employer will visit UTSC: Orientation and training for students who select the mentoring project
Thursday, January 31 1:00-4:00 pm Employer will visit UTSC: Orientation and training for students who select the fundraising project
Thursday, February 7 1:00-4:00 pm Career Exploration: Entrepreneurship, Social Services and more
Thursday, February 28 1:00-4:00 pm Project Work/Prep for presentations
Thursday, March 7 1:00-4:00 pm Brief presentations on learning, ideas and experiences, and program evaluation

 

Program 2.  MALVERN FAMILY RESOURCE CENTRE:

In this 6-session program, commencing on Wednesday, January 30 and concluding on Friday, March 8, students will:

  • Acquire an understanding of barriers to employment for Ontarians with disabilities, as well as associated mandatory workplace legislation and accommodations
  • Gain exposure to a range of careers that exist within the social service field and beyond
  • Explore careers of interests by applying design thinking and using different resources
  • Participate in 1 of 5 different programs at MFRC (Community, Child & Family, Newcomers, Seniors, and Women’s programs) and develop innovative ideas for their future programming
  • Identify, apply and enhance employability skills and connect them to self-marketing context
  • Articulate and solidify learning through self-assessment and the employer’s evaluation

PROGRAM DATES FOR MALVERN FAMILY RESOURCE CENTRE ARE AS FOLLOWS:

Dates Times Agenda
Wednesday, January 30 1:00-4:00 pm Program overview, AODA, projects
Wednesday, February 6 1:00-4:00 pm Employer visit: Tour, Orientation, Career Panel
Wednesday, February 13 1:00-4:00 pm Career Exploration: Careers in Social Services
Wednesday, February 20 9:00-12 noon Employer visit: Working in one of 5 departments
Wednesday, February 27 1:00-4:00 pm Project Work/Prep for presentations
Friday, March 8 1:00-4:00 pm Employer visit: Participate in International Women’s Day Symposium; brief presentations on learning, ideas and experiences, and program evaluation

To register for either program, please sign up on CLN (go to Events & Workshops Calendar and then UTSC Academic Advising & Career Centre; you will find the program on the start date).
For questions or for more information, please contact Liz Annis in the AA&CC at lizannis@utsc.utoronto.ca.

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Managing your Career: Strategies for Students with Disabilities

These modules were designed to assist students with transitioning from school to work. This is a pilot project and we welcome your feedback. If you would like to provide feedback, contact information is provided at the end of each module.

If you are having issues opening the modules, please try using a different browser (e.g. Firefox, Internet Explorer).  All new modules are expected to be delivered before Fall 2019!

  1. Module 1: Career Planning
  2. Module 2: Understanding Employment Equity
  3. Module 3: Employment Barriers
  4. Module 4: Self-Advocacy & Disclosure
  5. Module 5: Workplace Accommodations
  6. Module 6: Resources for Students and Employers

Additional Resources

  • Check out this collection of job search and career-related videos from the National Educational Association of Disabled Students: http://www.neads.ca/en/norc/videos/employment.php
  • Community Resources
  • Curious about less-than-full-time or work-from-home employment? Try searching for terms like "work from home" and "remote work".
  • Lime Connect: This organization connects high potential university students/graduates, who happen to have disabilities, with scholarships and work opportunities.
  • National Disability Employment Awareness Month: News and information on supports for individuals with disabilities seeking employment.
  • NCWD for Youth: Information and reflections on life and work for youth with disabilities.
  • ODEN: A network of employment service providers united to increase employment opportunities for people who have a disability. Find supportive agencies here!