Canadian Down Syndrome Society Employment Resources
People with Down syndrome have a right to be employed in the community, where they can work alongside people of all abilities and earn fair compensation. These following resource links can provide the information needed to help guide decisions about their careers, different places of employment and how they can have meaningful work in their communities.
Supported Employment Position Statement
The CDSS’s position statement on supported employment has been developed to explain our view on supported employment and issues facing the Down syndrome community.
CDSS Employment Resource Toolkit
CDSS is working to develop an Employment Resource Toolkit. This resource will help people with Down syndrome and their families to plan and prepare for workplace opportunities and offer useful information to support them as they make decisions about their careers and next steps.
Please check back later this year for our Employment Resource Toolkit
CDSS Employment Success Stories
Inclusive employment; when people with disabilities are given fair and equitable access to decent, meaningful work, fair pay and working conditions, and opportunities for social inclusion; is an important mandate for the Canadian Down Syndrome Society. When people with Down syndrome are included in all aspects of society, including the work force, they thrive and society thrives.
Below are some uplifting stories of successful employment in our community. Click on each image to read more
Canadian Supported Employment Resources
Government of Canada, Hiring Persons with Disabilities
Inclusive workplaces are good for business. Find out why. Find out how.
Click here to find more information
Ready Willing & Able, Building an Inclusive Labour Force
Funded by the Government of Canada and active in 20 communities across the country, RWA is designed to increase the labour force participation of people with an intellectual disability or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
Click here to learn more about Ready Willing & Able
CASE, The Canadian Association for Supported Employment
CASE is a national association of community-based service providers and stakeholders working towards the Employment Inclusion of people with disabilities. This Association strives to promote full citizenship and personal capacity for persons with disabilities through the facilitation of increased labour market participation and outcomes. Through such workforce participation, CASE also supports social inclusion for Canadians with disabilities.
Click here to find more information on the CASE website
ODEN, The Ontario Disability Employment Network
ODEN has over 140-member agencies, all in the business of helping people with a disability get into the workforce. Members are from every corner of the province and support people of all disability types. Beyond Ontario, we have connections with organizations in most provinces and territories of Canada.
Click here for more information on the ODEN website
MentorAbility is a national supported employment initiative that provides an opportunity for education and awareness to be shared between employers and people experiencing a disability in communities across Canada.
Click here to find more information
Provincial Employment Resources
During the COVID-19 crisis, the Canadian Down Syndrome Society is here to serve its membership, and anyone who may need access to information and resources about Down syndrome.
Although our office is temporarily closed, our team remains available to serve you via remote operations.
You can reach us toll free in Canada at 800.883.5608 or 403.270.8500, where we ask that you leave a message in our general mailbox, or with a specific team member via the staff directory. You can also reach us by email at email@example.com.
Please click here to visit our health resources page which now includes COVID-19 information. COVID-19 resources are also available via social media at the links below. Browse hashtag #T21COVID19 when seeking out resources that are specific to Down syndrome and COVID-19.
We wish you all well and are happy that we are able to stay in touch electronically and by phone. We encourage you to follow the advice of the Government of Canada and local health authorities to stay safe and well during these challenging times.
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