An untapped talent pool of people with disabilities

Today, fewer than 50 per cent of Canadians with disabilities ages 25 to 64 are employed compared to 79 per cent of Canadians without disabilities.

Sageth, a 21-year-old student with cerebral palsy, hopes his story will inspire employers to recognize stigma against individuals with disabilities and begin to break down the barriers in fair hiring and employment processes.

Many young adults with disabilities worry about requesting accommodations to do their work, but for Sageth, finding employment was a life changing experience. Through Holland Bloorview’s Ready to Work program, Sageth, who is studying retail management at Ryerson University, secured an internship at Capital One.

Sageth, Holland Bloorview employment program participant

Not only did he receive the accommodations he requested during his placement but his boss stressed that he should never hesitate when asking for what he needed to work effectively.

The job pool for students is small and it’s even smaller for those with disabilities, said Sageth. I was fortunate to have been offered an internship that not only improved my skill set, but also made me feel valued as individual with a disability. It was amazing to know that my employers recognized my contributions and I’m hoping my story will inspire other employers to follow suit.

His story is proof that inclusive hiring practices and processes help ensure a diverse workforce and help build a range of talents for stronger business results.

Having Sageth on the team was an enormous pleasure and a huge asset for us! says Becca Mintz, Capital One’s senior customer strategy manager, and Sageth’s former manager. Building diverse teams that reflect the communities we serve is essential to help us deliver better products and experiences for our customers. We’re committed to creating an environment where everyone feels understood and valued.

Learn more about our Youth Employment programs.

Holland Bloorview’s employment programs are supported by community donations and are a key component of our organizational Transitions Strategy.