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Creating Accessible Neighbourhoods (CAN) is working with Realize on a project that needs your help. We are looking for participants to help us expand our collective knowledge and understanding about the issues that directly impact the employment journey of queer and trans community members living with episodic disabilities in Canadian workplaces. Participants will be paid $75 for their contribution.
Participants must be 2SLGBTQIA+ and disabled/person with a disability, chronically ill, mad, crip, neurodivergent, and/or Deaf/deaf with episodic disabilities. Participants must be from, what is colonially known as, Canada. The interviews will be online 1-on-1 or in an online group meeting.
To participate, contact Heather McCain, Executive Director of CAN by email at [email protected] or phone/text 604.437.7331. If you prefer a group meeting, please provide your general availability.
Realize’s definition of episodic disabilities:
A person can simultaneously live with both permanent and episodic disabilities; however, there are clear distinctions. An episodic disability is marked by fluctuating periods and degrees of wellness and disability. In addition, these periods of wellness and disability are unpredictable. As a consequence, a person may move in and out of the labour force in an unpredictable manner.
Examples of episodic disabilities: , , arthritis, asthma, cancer, chronic fatigue syndrome, colitis, crohn’s disease, diabetes, epilepsy, fibromyalgia, HIV/AIDS, pain, lupus, mental health issues, multiple sclerosis (MS), muscular dystrophy, severe migraines, and more
Under the Workplaces REVAMPED (Workplaces REcognizing the Value of eMPloyees with Episodic Disabilities) project, Realize aims to:
- 1) Increase awareness of episodic disabilities among employers;
- 2) Increase the understanding of employers of the challenges related to working and living with episodic disabilities;
- 3) Increase the capacity of employers to respond effectively to the challenges facing people living with episodic disabilities;
- 4) Increase access to information and networking opportunities for small, medium and large employers on leading practices in accommodating employees living with episodic disabilities in the workplace; and
- 5) Increase the capacity of people living with episodic disabilities to communicate effectively about their lived experience.
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