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Employment Strategy for Youth with Disabilities

Provincial Employment Strategy for youth with disabilities (ESYD)

Project Overview

CanAssist is working with a provincial network of stakeholders to develop the Provincial Employment Strategy for Youth with Disabilities (ESYD). This Strategy will address BC’s fragmented youth employment support system.

 

THE CHALLENGE

Youth with disabilities face many barriers to finding and keeping a job. Service providers across the province are developing employment programs to address this problem. With many programs emerging there is inconsistency and duplication in what is available. The result is a patchwork of supports that are challenging to navigate and access.

 

 

 

THE OPPORTUNITY

There is opportunity to improve employment support for youth with disabilities in BC. A provincial strategy can augment existing programs, build consistency, and fill service gaps. The result will be a more integrated youth employment support system.

 

THE INITIATIVE

The Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction is funding CanAssist to build the Provincial Employment Strategy for Youth with Disabilities (ESYD). This Strategy will unify the patchwork of services into a coordinated support system. 

 

 

 

THE NETWORK

CanAssist is working with a network of stakeholders to develop the Strategy.

The network includes representatives from:

  • The Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction
  • The President’s Group Community of Accessible Employers
  • The Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network
  • Inclusion BC,
  • The John Howard Society
  • Immigrant Services Society of BC
  • Foundry BC
  • The BC Aboriginal Network on Disability Society
  • The Association of Service Providers for Employability and Career Training (ASPECT)

 

 

 

THE PLAN

To develop the Strategy, we need to understand what support works best and what supports are missing in certain areas. Through engagement with youth, caregivers, employers, and service providers, we will locate gaps and barriers, identify best practices, and support the development of essential programs and resources. The completed Strategy will include:

  • A database of supports and services
  • Information on best practices
  • Policy and program recommendations

 

WE NEED YOUR HELP!

Are you a youth between 15 and 30 years of age who self-identifies as having a disability and/or mental health/substance use challenge? We would love to hear from you! There is also opportunity for caregivers, service providers and employers to share input.

 

To inquire about participation opportunities, please email: youthstratc2@uvic.ca