Access Ability Executive Program: Enabling disability inclusion in the work

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Access Ability Executive Program: Enabling disability inclusion in the workplace

A PPF Academy Program

PPF Academy is offering this newly developed program to executives and change leaders across sectors who seek to build a more inclusive workplace to prevent an ableist return to work.

The Public Policy Forum (PPF) has been leading the conversation on the future of work and tracking how the COVID-19 pandemic has sped up and intensified changes to work and workplaces. The pandemic made things both harder and better in some ways for people with disabilities and has challenged employers’ abilities and priorities to grow and support their workforce.

In pursuit of a post-pandemic economy that is equitable for all and positioned for growth, and building on the innovative PPF Access Ability research project that involved leading experts and PPF’s network of major Canadian employers plus provincial and federal policymakers, this professional development opportunity combines our main research findings with an experiential peer learning and change management approach to advance disability inclusion.

Over three modules, participants will increase their capacity to take concrete steps towards building a more inclusive workplace for people with visible and non-visible disabilities by:

Learning from peers and experts with lived experience about practices, strategies and policy supports that help employers hire & advance people with disabilities.

Exploring organizational and leadership skills and tools needed to navigate these complex issues; and

Developing a network of change leaders across organizations and sectors. Through built-in group work and peer practice groups you will become part of a vibrant professional community.

Who Should Participate

The program is for executives, HR experts and practice leads in the public service, non-profits, academia, and private sector organizations who seek to better understand how they can take concrete steps towards building a more inclusive workplace for employees with visible and non-visible disabilities.

The Program

The three-module program is facilitated by a team of experienced moderators and involves presentations by experts, small group discussions, and interactive learning and co-design sessions. The program will focus on the following themes:

Program Themes

Envisioning success, strategy, and implementation towards an inclusive workplace

Disclosure and accommodations across the employment cycle

Retention, training, advancement, and full inclusion after hire

Intersectionality

Program Features

Basics: Increase understanding and awareness of barriers to inclusion faced by people with disabilities in the workplace and strategies

Practical tools: Use of a multimedia toolkit to apply knowledge, processes, and strategies in participants’ organizations by using a storytelling and case study approach.

Change Leadership: Increase capacity to affect change in organizations and develop concrete practices and tools that stick.

Networking & Community Building: Opportunity to engage with an exciting and diverse group of peers working on dynamic questions and real-world leadership challenges.

Program Dates

2021: Cohort 1

Day 1: November 3, 2021, 9 :30 a.m. - 1 p.m. ET

Day 2: November 10, 2021, 9 :30 a.m. - 1 p.m. ET

Day 3: December 1 , 2021, 10 - noon ET

*Plus 4-5 hours of asynchronous learning and group work between modules.

This program can also be tailored and delivered to an organization or sector specific group. Please reach out to Anna Jahn at the PPF Academy (ajahn@ppforum.ca) to indicate your interest.

Program Fees

For PPF members: $1,500 (plus HST) per participant

For non-members: $ 1,700 (plus HST) per participant

For non-profit organization participants: $850 (plus HST)

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Three or more weeks before the event 100% refund minus 25% admin fee

Two weeks before the event 50% refund

Seven days before the event no refund

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The Public Policy Forum works with all levels of government and the public service, the private sector, labour, post-secondary institutions, NGOs and Indigenous groups to improve policy outcomes for Canadians. As a non-partisan, member-based organization, we work from "inclusion to conclusion," by convening discussions on fundamental policy issues and by identifying new options and paths forward. For 30 years, the Public Policy Forum has broken down barriers among sectors, contributing to meaningful change that builds a better Canada.

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