Audience: Employers
Runtime: 2.00 min.
Focus: Krystine Donata on communication access to employment opportunities








In addition to general communication barriers, we may experience unique communication barriers when working or seeking employment. These include:

  • Lack of opportunities in all types of work– full time and part-time employment; ad hoc engagements, and volunteerism.
  • Lack of supports for work engagements if we need these (e.g. attendant services, communication assistance)
  • Employers unable or unwilling to incur costs of assistant services in addition to our services
  • Lack of flexibility to accommodate our requirements in terms of our fatigue and stamina during for a work engagement
  • Lack of vocational rehabilitation and employment support services that can accommodate and support our communication methods and / or our communication assistive technology
  • Lack of initiatives to create meaningful work opportunities for those of us who cannot find mainstream work engagements
  • Lack of collaboration between communication disability services, vocational rehabilitation and employment services
  • Lack of information, supports and assistive technology funding sources for those of us who are self-employed (e.g. computers, internet access)
  • Lack of work experiences for young people with disabilities, leading to a lack of experience and qualifications for entry-level jobs
  • Lack of or inadequacy of insurance benefits to cover medical and dental services, wheelchairs and assistive technologies that may be more fully covered by government social assistance programs
  • Paid work may result in reductions to social assistance benefits or loss of subsidized housing opportunities and be inadequate to support living in an accessible market rent apartment.


AC News on Employment (2004)