A Difference of Ability: Recruiting, Hiring and Employing People with Disabilities

Production Company Robert Burt Productions
Executive Producer Robert Burt
Producer Davide Suddaby
Written by Patricia and David Suddaby
Directed by Robert Burt
Released November 15, 2006

Summary

The unemployment rate for people with disabilities is alarmingly high. Although these people offer a great pool of talent, they remain untapped and detached from the mainstream workforce.

“A Difference of Ability” examines the daily challenges facing people with disabilities and reveals the reasons why job-seekers and employers experience difficulty connecting and how that can change.

The road to employment can be tough, but many successful relationships have been forged between job seekers and employers. People who have found success offer power insights, practical solutions and strategies for improving the employment situation in today’s labour market.

Developed by the Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling (CERIC) with the support of The Counselling Foundation of Canada.

You can access the documentary through CERIC’s ContactPoint website, an online community dedicated to providing multi-sector career development professionals with resources, learning and networking opportunities. Note that you will need to register for a free ContactPoint account to view the videos. A version of the documentary with French voiceover and sub-titles can be found on CERIC’s OrientAction website.

 

Reviews

Robert Burt, Executive Producer of “A Difference of Ability: Recruiting, Hiring and Employing People with Disabilities”

We believe this documentary is a solid beginning in heightening sensitivity to employment issues. It’s an important blend of perspectives aimed at promoting change and success.

Steven Fletcher, Parliamentary Assistant to the Federal Minister of Health

The time is right for this documentary to be seen by employers, service agencies, prospective employees, the government and the public. Its messages are poignant and empowering and gives all groups concerned a blueprint for navigating their way to full engagement. When there is equity in employment practices and full participation from all sectors of our society, Canadians everywhere benefit. There is no reason why Canada should not be leading the way on fully maximizing the work potential of all of our entire citizenry.

James Vandervoort, Instructor, George Brown

Realism and pragmatic approaches make this DVD the best ‘how-to’ video that I’ve seen yet for those working in the field of special needs and disabilities. The resounding self-advocacy of the job seekers and the frank perspectives of employers and service providers ensures a rapt audience.