Since its inception in 2012, the READ Initiative has recognized the discrepancy in employment success between students with disabilities and the general student population. In response READ convened the employment issues discussion group including the two primary stakeholders, the Career Services Office and the Disability Services Office, but also including a broad range of departments including Alumni Services, Human Resources, Equity Services, Sprott School of Business, International Student Services, the unions and community representation. The committee played a leadership role in Carleton’s hosting of the 2014 International Summit on Accessibility, spearheaded many pilot projects with diversity employers and the Public Service Commission, and negotiated and contributed to the 2016 environmental scan of employment preparation programs described below.
The READ Initiative, with financial support from the Office of Disability Issues, Employment and Social Development Canada, has completed an environmental scan of trends and best practices in employment preparation programs for students with disabilities at colleges and universities in Canada. The Report is available for free download here. Hard copies are available by contacting Dean Mellway at Dean.firstname.lastname@example.org.