OCASI’s Accessibility Initiative offers 14 hours of facilitator-led training that allows settlement sector employees to acquire new skills and knowledge in areas related to service provision to immigrants and refugees with in/visible disabilities.
Through this initiative, settlement sector employees learn more about immigrants and refugees with in/visible disabilities and their diversities; gain a greater understanding of the different legislations that exist internationally, nationally, provincially/territorially as it relates to the rights of people with disabilities; examine the relationship between disability, race, immigrant/refugee status and other layers of marginalization. Moreover, sector employees become better aware of the requirement of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (the Act) and what their organizations need to do to become accessible in the long term.
OCASI is seeking agencies that serve or have an interest in serving newcomers with disabilities to participate in these exciting new trainings which are FREE OF CHARGE!
What are the trainings?
Module 1: Understanding Disability
This module allows us to interrogate the medical and social models of disability. We work towards gaining a greater understanding of how people with disabilities have been segregated, devalued, marginalized, and “minoritized” in many parts of the world with a focus on Canada.
Module 2: Inclusion, Accessibility and the Law
This module examines the relationship between accessibility and the law with a focus on understanding international, national, provincial/territorial legislations as they relate to people with disabilities.
Module 3: Racialized Immigrants and Refugees with Disabilities
This module focuses on examining the relationship between disability, race, immigrant/refugee status and other layers of marginalization such as, socio-economic background, identity, age, etc.
Module 4: Direct Intervention
This module works through how to support newcomers with disabilities. Specifically, sector employees learn how to work with families who have children or young adults with disabilities and ways to support newcomers with disabilities in their own self-advocacy. Managers learn what they can realistically do to make their organizations more accessible (e.g. looking at their policies, diversifying their partnerships, including accessibility in their budgets to create a more accessible and inclusive environment).
How long are the trainings?
Modules 1-4 are a total of 14 hours. Custom trainings are available.
How are the trainings organized?
The coordinator will book two training modules per day which will allow participants the necessary time to process the information which might be very new for some.
While our broader understanding of disability has led to the enhancement of legislations and programs; when it comes to the unique obstacles facing newcomers with disabilities, service delivery has not been able to effectively address their needs. These workshops are meant to enhance organizational capacity-building.
Training is available in English or French.