Press Release – Dec. 4, 2013

Ontario Disability Employment Networks Launches New Website in Conjunction with Employment First Conference

December 4, 2013

Toronto, ON: The Ontario Disability Employment Network (ODEN) hosted Employment First: Is It Right For Ontario? on December 4, 2013.

ODEN is a non-profit organization of employment service providers advocating for policy changes that increase opportunities for people who have a disability. Employment First: Is It Right For Ontario? brought together a diverse group of stakeholders in the area of employment and disability through a round-table discussion format that focuses on the Employment First framework and how it facilitates the full inclusion of people with significant disabilities in the workplace and community.

Employment First is a community-based, integrated approach to services for people who have disabilities that places employment as the first option for services for youth and adults with a disability. The Framework is sweeping through the United State with 45 states that have adopted or are in the process of adopting the policy framework.

“Employment First Policy Framework is not new to the Network. We at ODEN have been supporting this policy framework and have referenced it in discussions and position papers. Employment First strategy was included in our report to the Social Assistance Review Commission. ODEN has also had discussions with Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU), Employment Ontario, Ministry of Community and Social Services (MCSS) Developmental and Ontario Disability Support Branches and Ministry of Finance regarding Employment First Policy Framework,” says Bob Vansickle, co-chair of ODEN.

“We are pleased to be able to take this next step in providing this opportunity to learn more about Employment First Policy Framework. For many service agencies, this approach will not be foreign as they already deliver supports and services with the same or very similar values.”

In conjunction with the event, ODEN has launched a brand new accessible website to engaging their membership, share important information and events, and integrate the organization’s strong social media presence. The new website was designed and developed by SpaceRace, a Canadian boutique digital agency that serves progressive people and organizations.

“We are so pleased to work with the ODEN team on the launch of their new website,” says Aerin Guy, SpaceRace’s Director of Digital Strategy. “We really believe in the work of this organization and are excited to help them share their messages through a site that is accessible to everyone. ODEN is at the forefront of thinking on disability and employment issues and we are proud to support their work.”

To learn more about ODEN, visit: www.odenetwork.com



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