Equality and Justice
For People With Disabilities

Advanced Seminar Series 

Reach Canada offers its Advanced Seminar Series exclusively to corporate, government, and non-profit management.  The series seeks to educate management, employees, and employers on their roles and responsibilities in accommodating disability in the workplace.

Work is one of the most fundamental aspects of a person’s life. It provides an individual not only with financial support, but also with a contributory role in society and a sense of identity and self-worth.  As such, the conditions in which a person works can significantly affect their psychological, emotional and physical well-being. An informed workplace can foster a safe and healthy work environment in which a person’s dignity, self-respect, and skills can flourish. 

Research and experience tell us that Canadian citizens with disabilities are more likely to face barriers in their work place, and to be prevented from full and valued participation in the workforce. In recognition of this, Reach Canada seeks to provide guidance to management on their roles and responsibilities in accommodating persons with disabilities. Reach Canada works with businesses, organizations and government departments to determine the topics best suited to their needs and workforce. Our expert facilitators include lawyers, psychologists, medical health practitioners, educators and members of consumer/disability organizations. 

Examples of Advanced Seminar Topics:

  1. Harassment in the Workplace
  2. Promoting Mental and Physical Wellness in the Workplace
  3. Understanding & Accommodating Environmental Sensitivities
  4. When Accommodation Fails; Terminating an Employee with a Disability
  5. Long Term Disability
  6. Invisible disabilities (e.g. chronic pain, anxiety, depression and mood disorders)
  7. Learning disabilities
  8. Stigma surrounding disability in the workplace by management and colleagues
  9. Job Performance vs. Duty to Accommodate Disability Management, including Return to Work
  10. Duty to Accommodate – General and Specific
  11. Working with Insurance Companies, as Managers and Employees
  12. Economic and Social Impacts of Acquired Illness and Disability
  13. Accommodating Religious Diversity in the Workplace
  14. Parenting Children with Disabilities
  15. Family Status (GLBTQ, family leave, caring for children and/or elderly parents)
  16. Privacy Legislation and its Application to Private / Public Sector Employees
  17. Technological advancement in assistive devices for persons with disabilities

Reach Canada also facilitates a seminar on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and we maintain an interdisciplinary roster of seasoned professionals including, occupational therapists, psychologists, lawyers and consumers, who can present the topic to your organisation.

Each workshop can be delivered by a sole speaker or a panel of up to three speakers and will last between 60-90 minutes, inclusive of a question and answer session. The duration and content of the advanced seminar can be adjusted according to your preference.

For further information please contact Joanne Silkauskas at 613-236-6636 or joannesilkauskas@reach.ca