Abilities Centre Employment Services offer a range of accessible training virtually and in-person for people of all abilities.
Leadership in Training (LiT) is an 11-week curriculum-based program addressing functional academics, life skills and a variety of employability skills.
COVID-19 Challenges and Program Impact
Due to COVID-19, LiT moved to virtual delivery with a modified 11-week virtual program, allowing for individuals to access the program from outside of Durham Region. Additionally, AC partnered with the Toronto District School Board to offer the LiT program to a class of deaf and hard of hearing students at the Drewry Secondary School.
Throughout the program, the participants brought a positive attitude and an excited energy to each session. They have reflected on their goals for the future and recognized their passions and strengths. Each participant has expressed their future ambitions with confidence and are planning how they may achieve their goals. Many will be continuing their journey to connect to the labour market through Abilities Centre’s EmployAbilities program.
Abilities Centre developed an 9-week pre-employment workshop for individuals who identify as living with a disability, and a 6-week workshop in partnership with Ontario Shores for individuals with mental health diagnoses. The focus of the workshop is on assisting individuals with developing the pre-employment/soft skills needed to transition into today’s workplace.
Embedded within the EmployAbilities programming, are activities such as;
- My Personal Mission Statement –participants reflect on the roles they play in their lives, goals, values, and interests
- SMART Goals Book Cover –participants reflect on their goals for work and what they see themselves doing in the future
- Something About Me –participants identify what other people say they are great at, when they feel happy, something they are proud of, and something that is unique about them
- My Bridge Journey –participants reflect on how they felt before the program, during the program and after completing the program.
Have been identified as providing opportunities to follow the participants growth in meeting certain skill or goals.
My Bridge Journey Participant Example:
Following EmployAbilities 11-week program participants are asked to complete a survey to evaluate experiential aspects of participants, subjective change in confidence, skill improvement and ability to reach their goals.
EmployAbilities participants feel a sense of belongingness and meaning following the program. Participants feel their goal setting, problem solving and resiliency skills have improved and 88.9% of participants feel they are ready to meet their goals after participating in the program.