Identifying a need
Persons with disabilities are still very much underrepresented in the national and provincial labour markets, despite the allocation of significant resources directed at assisting persons with disabilities in finding and maintaining employment. In a time where many employers are experiencing challenges in securing workers essential for their continued business success, persons with disabilities continue to face barriers to employment. There is a real opportunity for persons with disabilities to be more actively engaged and attached to the labour market and contributing to the business success in the province. Increasing the labour market participation of persons with disabilities in Newfoundland and Labrador is a key component of further advancing our mutual objective of full inclusion.
The bigger picture
Full inclusion in all aspects of an individual’s life is fundamental for the complete engagement in society. Although real progress has been realized, numerous barriers to inclusion still remain and are experienced by persons with disabilities daily. Attitudes and practices have improved. However, access to quality, inclusive services is still challenging and is by no means limited or more prevalent in any particular sector. Accessing a restaurant or hotel, securing an accessible taxi, applying for a particular service from a government department or agency, or simply visiting many retail outlets as a consumer with a disability, can be, and is, quite challenging for many. Despite the evolution of new technologies and the prevalence of information sources on disabilities generally, there is no central, online service that promotes inclusion within Newfoundland and Labrador by providing specific supports and best practice information to service providers to assist them in providing quality, inclusive services for all.
With that in mind, inclusionNL.ca aims to become this source.