On-Demand Webcast: Accessibility Works: Abilities Connect Fund

Date and Time

Starts:10/28/2016 12:00 AM

Ends:10/28/2056 11:30 PM

1 Hour Hour(s)




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The business case is there: Hiring people with disabilities means tapping into an underutilized market of valuable talent. Research shows that people with disabilities have higher retention rates, better attendance, better safety records and are creative, dedicated workers.

So how can HR leverage this talent? This webinar will introduce employers and HR professionals to the Abilities Connect Fund.  The Abilities Connect Fund provides financial assistance to employers to create experiential learning employment opportunities for persons with a disability. Preference will be given to applicants that hire students or recent graduates with a disability. The fund also helps to remove financial barriers associated with accommodating employees with disabilities in the workplace.

Accessibility Works is supported by the Government of Ontario.

Learning objectives:

  • Raise awareness about the benefits of hiring persons with disabilities
  • Learn how to integrate people with disabilities seamlessly into the workplace
  • Learn to effectively provide workplace experience for students and recent graduates with a disability

Who should attend?​

Employers and HR professionals, particularly those working with small and medium enterprises (SMEs). ​

Speaker bio(s)
Louie Di Palma, Director- SME Programs & Global Growth Fund

As the Director of SME Programs, Louie is responsible for developing and implementing initiatives of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce that are designed to strengthen the business climate of Ontario and support our members by providing them with access to resources. During his career with the Government of Ontario, Louie held a number of senior management positions in policy, planning and direct operations with several Ministries including the Ministry of the Solicitor General and Correctional Services, the Ministry of Tourism and Recreation and the Ministry of Health Promotion.