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National AccessAbility Week (NAAW)
May 29 @ 8:00 am - June 4 @ 5:00 pm EDT
National AccessAbility Week (NAAW), held from May 29 to June 4, 2022, is a time to celebrate the contributions of Canadians with disabilities and promote efforts to increase accessibility and inclusion in Canada.
This year the theme for National AccessAbility Week is “Inclusive from the start”.
“Imagine a Canada where no one is left out. A Canada that does not just accommodate disability, but one that is disability inclusive from the start. That is the Canada we are creating – for everyone.”
We know that employment plays a key role in the recovery of individuals living with a mental illness. It improves their mental health, reduces their need for health services, increases their financial well-being, and creates positive social networks. Yet, the unemployment rates for people living with a severe mental illness can be as high as 70% to 90%.
Research shows that individuals living with a disability (including those living with a mental illness) are as, if not more, qualified, reliable, loyal, and productive than their colleagues who do not have a disability.
A Clear Business Case for Hiring Aspiring Workers examined 5 Canadian businesses from 3 different provinces where the employers took active steps to hire and accommodate workers living with mental illness. There was a significant return on investment for providing accommodations to workers with mental illness, meaning there were financial gains associated with the accommodation measures for both workers and employers.
Building on this work, we developed A Practical Toolkit to Help Employers Build an Inclusive Workforce. This toolkit helps human resources (HR) professionals and those with HR, wellness and diversity responsibilities increase accessibility and inclusiveness and address the needs of workers living with mental illness.
Join the NAAW conversation online with the hashtags #InclusiveFromTheStart and #NAAW2022