Future-focused job accommodation practices for the school-to-work transition

Reasons for the study

The future of work is characterized by diverse social, technological, economic, environmental and political changes (e.g. artificial intelligence and the automation of jobs, an aging workforce, climate change) that are expected to disrupt every industry, transforming working conditions and affecting the types and availability of jobs. Up to two million young people live with a disability in Canada, many of whom experience barriers in the transition from school to work. In the future of work, unique challenges and opportunities may face young people with disabilities as they enter the labour market, creating the need for innovative job accommodations and workplace supports.

Objectives of the study

  • Determine the specific workplace supports that can enhance the school-to-work transition
  • Examine emerging barriers that young people with disabilities may face in accessing needed workplace supports within a rapidly changing labour market

Anticipated results/impact

This project aims to generate future-oriented and proactive evidence regarding the school-to-work transition of young people with disabilities and to advance knowledge of job accommodation practices. The findings will be of interest to employers, educators, employment service providers, policy-makers and young adults with disabilities and their families.

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Participating organizations

Abilities Centre

Canadian Council for Rehabilitation and Work (CCRW)

National Educational Association for Disabled Students (NEADS)

Funded by

Accessibility Standards Canada (ASC)