Consider Hiring Those With Disabilities: KEYS Job Centre

KEYS Job Centre is coming to the Brockville Convention Centre with a new initiative: helping those with disabilities find work.

Inclusion Makes Cents - is a information session for both employers and employees which aims to demonstrate that hiring those with disabilities can make a company even more successful.

KEYS Project Coordinator Mary Gauthier says job seekers can learn how to get their foot in the door.

"Network with other people who have been successful in finding a job and securing a job, and also to connect with other service providers, whether they provide employment supports or community supports to enable people with disabilities to obtain work and retain it."

Gauthier says there's no restriction on the type of disability, and that over 60% of the registered spots for the March 21st event are sold out.

She says that they also hope employers will consider the untapped market.

Gauthier says a study says almost 400,000 jobs vacancies exist in the province, but there are more people with disabilities than that are ready to work.

"We know that a lot of that has to do with stigma, and not really fully understanding what disability means, and the positive actually aspect it can really have it can have to hire someone with a disability in your workplace."

You must pre-register by Thursday for the March 21 event. She says that over 60% of the registered spots are sold out.