Canadian Hearing Society Celebrates National Disability Employment Awareness Month
TORONTO, ON – To celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month, the Canadian Hearing Society (CHS) is recognizing the contributions of Canadians who are Deaf or hard of hearing and issuing a call to action for employers.
“Employers across Canada can do more to support Canadians who are Deaf and hard of hearing,” says Gary Malkowski, VP of Stakeholder and Employer Relations at CHS. “Individuals who have the skills, the education and the ability also have the right to the same employment opportunities as those who are hearing with similar qualifications.”
Businesses have begun to act – due to legislation like the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) – but more emphasis needs to be placed on creating a diverse and inclusive workplace and on the impact this has on the economy and businesses’ bottom line. The business case for hiring people who are Deaf and hard of hearing is strong. Canada is facing an increasing talent gap as the population ages and our workforce heads towards retirement. According to the Conference Board of Canada, Ontario could face a shortfall of 364,000 workers by 2025.
CHS works to break down the barriers to communication that exist in the workplace between people who are Deaf, hard of hearing and hearing by offering support to employers. CHS provides technology-based communication solutions, workplace accessibility assessments, employment support for individual job-seekers, and educational resources for employers – including American Sign Language classes.
Since 2014, CHS Employment Services has supported more than 4,200 Deaf and hard of hearing clients, with approximately 950 of those between ages of 17-29. On average, CHS places more than 235 Deaf and hard of hearing individuals in jobs each year including supervisory roles, apprenticeships, and full- and part-time positions within a variety of industries based on the clients’ skills and experience.
Employment Services at CHS is the largest service of its kind in Canada, with years of experience and partnerships with employers nation-wide. CHS employment consultants specialize in the unique needs of people with hearing loss and have the expertise to help employers and employees make workplaces safe and accessible. CHS also offers a variety of scalable solutions – like video remote interpreting and counter-loop systems – that can instantly make businesses more accessible for the Deaf and hard of hearing. For more information, please visit: http://www.chs.ca/services/services-employers
About the Canadian Hearing Society
Trusted since 1940, the Canadian Hearing Society provides industry-leading services and products that enable Deaf and hard of hearing Canadians to overcome barriers to participation. It is an independent, registered non-profit organization that reinvests proceeds from product and program sales back into community services, the focus of the organization. For more information about CHS services, visit www.chs.ca
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