Video news release available - One out of seven Canadians routinely shut out of the workplace says advocate for Canadians living with disabilities

    TORONTO, Jan. 23 /CNW Telbec/ - JOIN (Job Opportunity Information
Network) released a video news release (VNR) today showing that a growing
number of Canadians are being routinely shut out of the workforce. According
to recent data from Statistics Canada, nearly four and a half million
Canadians - one out of seven - live with a disability. Many people with
disabilities are excluded from the workforce because of misconceptions that
they're not as skilled, capable or motivated as others. This not only hurts
individuals with disabilities - it hurts Canadian employers because they are
neglecting a large and talented labour pool in a time when there are job
shortages in many sectors.
    JOIN helps people living with disabilities find work and keep it. JOIN
also helps employers find the qualified, skilled people they need. JOIN and
its more than 20 member agencies offer a wide range of assistance in finding a
job - from creating a resume, to job searching, to getting ready for
    JOIN also helps ensure that once a person has a job, the employee and
their employer are supported and have access to adaptive technology
information so their workplace is fully accessible.

    JOIN is funded by ODSP Employment Supports, part of the Ontario Ministry
of Community and Social Services.

    For more information on how JOIN and ODSP Employment Supports, contact:
    - ODSP Employment Supports Toronto Region: 416-325-0693, (TTY) 416-314-5701
    - JOIN:, 416-241-5646 (JOIN)

    VNR item outline (runs 3:50):
    - Statistics re the rise in the number of people with disabilities
    - Visuals of people with disabilities at work
    - Interviews: people living with disabilities re positive work experience
    - Interviews: employers re workplace success stories

    - To download: please follow the enclosed link
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For further information:

For further information: Or to receive a broadcast quality dvd: Jane
Enright, JOIN - Job Opportunity Information Network, (416) 220-1890,

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