Disability Awareness: Working with People with Disabilities

Disability Awareness: Working with People with Disabilities


According to Statistics Canada, more than 5.3 million Canadians—almost 16% of the population in this country—are living with some form of disability.  However, levels of disability and ability are as unique as the individual themselves. From mild learning disorders to physical restrictions- a disability does not define talent.  

Disability is not inability- and treating people with disabilities appropriately in the workplace is essential in enhancing teamwork and business success. Further at a time of increasing labour shortages- people with disabilities represent a significant and largely underutilized resource for most businesses.  

In this two-hour webinar we will give supervisors and human resource practitioners tools and tips for managing workers who have a disability and look at ways to create a diverse and inclusive workplace. 

Learning Objectives 

  • Prepare to welcome people with disabilities into your workplace 

  • Interact with people with disabilities 

  • Identify and overcome barriers in the workplace 

  • Use respectful, appropriate, acceptable language in any circumstance 

  • Understand appropriate interaction during the hiring and interviewing process 

  • Understand what job accommodation is and how it applies in your workplace 


While this session is part of a series, participants are not required to attend all sessions in the series or attend in any sequence.  Each session can be attended independently.  

Disclaimer: The content of this presentation is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. 

Delivery Method: Virtual Session – Zoom Meetings 

Course Fee Includes: Access to the course, course materials, and upon completion a digital certificate if requested.  

This course is delivered in partnership with local and provincial construction associations across Canada. You will be participating with a group of industry peers from multiple regions.  


There are no prerequisites for this course.   While this course is part of a series, participants are not required to attend all course in the series or attend in any sequence.  Each course in the series can be attended independently. 

Technical Requirements

  1. Computer or laptop

    • This course will involve on-screen interaction with your instructor and classmates, reading/viewing on-screen content (slides or videos), and interacting via typing with questions or responses. For this reason, cellphones may not be adequate. 

    • Windows 10 or Mac iOS. 

  1. Webcam (Mandatory)– in order to engage and collaborate, participants will be expected to have their webcams on for the duration of the class

  2. Microphone (Mandatory)

  3. Internet connection- For best results, you will want to ensure you have an internet connection with an upload/download speed of 3-5 Mbps. You can test your internet speed here. The minimum recommended speed is 1.5 Mbps, but anything below 3 Mbps may result in loss of quality or buffering. Ideally hardwired connection versus wireless for stability - connect your computer directly to your router using an ethernet cable, rather than using your home wi-fi.

  4. A quiet space with minimal distractions –The microphone will be engaged for interactive sessions. Please plan to be fully engaged in the class and clear your work schedule just as you would for the in-class program.

  5. Comfortable chair


Who Should Attend

This course is an introductory course designed to be beneficial for everyone attend.  Those that are new to a Human Resources (HR) role or anyone that performs HR tasks within a company, as well as supervisors or managers may find this session of value.