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Workplaces REVAMPED (Recognizing the VAlue of eMPloyees with Episodic Disabilities) draws together diverse stakeholders to forge social innovation partnerships with new employers and other workplace leaders in an effort to create a groundswell of awareness of episodic disabilities and employment.
We have convened an Advisory Committee of people living with episodic disabilities and an Employers Network of diverse employers to facilitate connections and learning between workplaces and individuals seeking work. Strong partnerships created through the Employers’ Network on Episodic Disability (ENED) and participation in the Realize Speakers’ Bureau will increase the confidence of participants to advocate for their accommodation needs and build awareness of the issues people living with episodic disabilities are facing.
You are eligible to participate in a focus group if you identify as:
a) African, Caribbean, and/or Black
b) Living, working, or have worked in Canada
c) A person with episodic disabilities
To participate, email Nkem Obgonna, Manager of Research & Policy by Friday, March 24, 2023 @ 11:59 PM at
Episodic disabilities are chronic health conditions characterized by fluctuating periods and degrees of illness and wellness. These periods can be unpredictable in duration, types of symptoms and frequency of recurrence.
Anxiety • Arthritis • Asthma • Bi-polar Disorder • Cancer • Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP) • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (including chronic bronchitis and emphysema) • Chronic Pain • Crohn’s Disease & Ulcerative Colitis • Cystic Fibrosis • Depression • Diabetes • ALS • Guillain-Barre Syndrome • Epilepsy • Fibromyalgia • Hepatitis B & C • HIV/AIDS • Long-COVID • Long-Term Pain • Lupus • ME/CFS • Meniere’s Disease • Migraines • Multiple Sclerosis • Muscular Dystrophy • Parkinson’s Disease • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) • POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome) • Repetitive Strain Injury • Schizophrenia • Substance Use Disorder • Tuberculosis
This list is ever-changing and expanding!
Realize also offers Episodic Disabilities at Work workshops. These will be offered to companies, organizations, and business across Canada as a tool to strengthen awareness of and accommodation for employees with episodic disabilities. To date, the workshop has been presented to 15 places of employment to over 100 individuals. Each session includes a 15-minuted presentation by a participant from the Realize Speakers’ Bureau. These short presentations have provided opportunities for presenters to connect with workplace leaders and to practice their own self-advocacy skills.
Find out how to book a workshop for your workplace.
ASE Community Foundation for Black Canadians with Disabilities
Across Canada, located in Greater Toronto Area
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