Mapping the road to employment for individuals with developmental disabilities

In December 2013, the BC Centre for Employment Excellence launched a project to develop an online database of best practices concerning the employment of people with developmental disabilities. The BC Employment Mapping Tool is being designed as a resource for individuals with developmental disabilities, their families, service providers, employers, and policy makers. It aims to increase understanding of how best to support people with development disabilities in preparing for and maintaining employment.

By enabling users to upload text or media files that relate their experiences with employment and disability support services, the tool will facilitate the sharing of first-hand knowledge of best practices to other stakeholders. A key aspect will be the identification of innovative approaches for assisting developmentally disabled people overcome barriers to finding or keeping a job. The tool’s map-based interface will allow users to search for such information that is particular to their own regions.

The project is being developed in partnership with the UBC Centres for Inclusion and Citizenship and Social Spatial and Economic Justice, with financial support from Community Living BC. The 17-month pilot will involve 30-35 individuals with development disabilities in communities across BC. If the tool is successful in collecting and sharing such information, the technology may be useful for a larger population or to other groups of job seekers facing barriers in the labour market.

The BC Centre for Employment Excellence is an independent research and knowledge-sharing organization created to act as a single coordination point for research on employment in BC. The Centre’s website connects the BC employment services sector and the employer community with the best and emerging information about employment and training programs, practices, and resources. The Centre is operated as a division of SRDC. It is funded by the Government of Canada and Province of British Columbia.

For more information contact Shawn de Raaf.

Visit the Centre’s website.