Community Living Upper Ottawa Valley has always promoted the benefits of work for people with intellectual disabilities. The agency has been successful matching employees with employers for many years. Those connections have led to many long-term work commitments. This year, we have been successful in a partnership with the Ontario Disability Support Program that can help any individual in Renfrew County who has a disability. The service is called BEE Successful.
BEE Successful is specifically directed to assist individuals with a disability obtain employment. The disability can be intellectual or physical, and the service is free for people to access. It works much like the other employment services in Renfrew County, with a unique focus on matching employees with a disability with a good employment opportunity.
Employment specialists with BEE Successful build relationships between hopeful (potential, capable, strong) employment candidates and Renfrew County employers. Their role primarily is to help employers understand the business benefits of hiring employees with a disability.
Employees with disabilities: use less sick time; remain in positions longer; positively impact staff morale and work culture;
- Staff assist with orientation, training, and supporting natural mentoring to develop.
- Staff are trained specialists who bring employers and people with disabilities together to create mutually beneficial employment relationships.
- Staff use a proven system of workplace “talent matching” and ensuring “talent readiness”.