Countdown to the Launch

 

Welcome to the Winter 1998 segment of our ongoing update about EnableLink, the new online resource being developed by the Canadian Abilities Foundation (CAF) to serve Canada’s expanding population of people with disabilities.

While EnableLink will be of immense value to all Canadians with disabilities, its benefit to injured workers, and others who acquire their disabilities suddenly, cannot be overstated.

EnableLink is looking great. The official launch of EnableLink will take place June 5-6, 1999, at the People in Motion show and exhibition in Toronto. The launch will be a nationwide event, creating a huge impact on the resources available to special-interest groups within the disability community. EnableLink will highlight the combined resources of the Directory of Disability Organizations, The Employment Service Directory, and our new Canadian and International Disability Links database.

The community launch of EnableLink will take place in February. During this phase of development, we will be actively seeking the input of the people who will be using the site. This will be an opportunity for injured workers, people with disabilities and consumer organizations to provide feedback about the website. We encourage everyone to explore EnableLink and let us know what is easy or not so easy to use, and what features may not be present, that should be. During this stage there will be a lot of changes — please, bear with us.

The Communication Centre is also under construction at the present time with static topics, or rooms, that will maintain a constant theme. There will also be rooms with fluid themes — they are dedicated to topics of your choice. The combination of dynamic and structured topic areas will allow for real-time open discussion and structured debate. This is the place where you will find support and discussion in the areas of most interest to you.

EXPERIENCE THE ENABLELINK NATIONAL LAUNCH
…at People in Motion, Canada’s premier event for persons with disabilities, health care and rehabilitation professionals and seniors with special needs.
June 5-6, 1999, Toronto, Ontario
For more information, call People in Motion, (905) 455-4141

T-SHIRT WINNERS
Over the past few months, we’ve conducted a survey of our readers, part of which was designed to help us shape this exciting new resource. A account of the survey results will be available to you in an upcoming issue of ABILITIES. From all the surveys submitted, we drew two names to win a great ABILITIES T-shirt. The lucky winners are Carol Liddicoat of Airdrie, Alberta, and Thomas Cline of Hamilton, Ontario. Congratulations!

RESOURCES! RESOURCES! RESOURCES!
The databases are growing. Here are some of the resources soon to be available to you through EnableLink:

CANADIAN AND INTERNATIONAL DISABILITY LINKS:

INSTITUTE FOR WORK & HEALTH (IWH)
http://www.iwh.on.ca
This website features information about research to prevent workplace disability and promote safe return to work. There is also information on numerous publications and related organizations.

CANADIAN LABOUR CONGRESS
http://www.clc-ctc.ca/
This is an education-based website. It gives information on ongoing labour struggles internationally and in Canada. The Canadian Labour Congress’s policy is to pursue social and economic justice for workers.

INJURED WORKERS ONLINE
http://www.injuredworkers.org
A collaboration of injured workers, trade unionists, community activists and doctors working to improve the treatment of people with work-related injuries/illnesses.

WORLD WIDE VIRTUAL COMMUNITY OF THE DISABLED (WWVCD)
http://www.linkable.org/
An enormous collaboration of data for, and of, people with disabilities. The site offers profiles and resumes of persons with disabilities. It also provides links to topic-related sites — including health and legal links. Also featured on this website is information on computers, software and books.

DIRECTORY OF DISABILITY ORGANIZATIONS IN CANADA:

CANADIAN DOWN SYNDROME SOCIETY
Calgary, Alberta
Phone: (403) 270-8500
Toll-free: 1-800-883-5608
Fax: (403) 270-8291
E-mail: cdss@ican.net
Enhances quality of life for individuals with Down Syndrome through information and education, research and development, family support and advocacy.

FRIENDS AND ADVOCATES PEEL
Brampton, Ontario
Phone: (905) 452-1002
Fax: (905) 452-1036
E-mail: fapeel@echo-on.net
Provides support to people experiencing mental or emotional distress and social isolation, through social and recreational activities.

ASSOCIATION QUÉBÉCOISE DES TRAUMATISÉS CRANIENS
Montreal, Quebec
Phone: (514) 214-7447
Promotes awareness of brain injury, and supports people with brain injuries and their families.

SPECIAL NEEDS NETWORK (SNN)
Ottawa, Ontario
Phone: (613) 235-9550
Fax: (613) 235-3807
E-mail: snn@canada.com
Works with care providers and the community to ensure that persons with intellectual disabilities can live as included and contributing members of Canadian society.

EMPLOYMENT SERVICE DIRECTORY:

SUMMIT INJURY MANAGEMENT
Victoria, British Columbia
Phone: (250) 383-3638
Toll-free: 1-800-239-2988
Fax: (250) 383-3053
Offers employment training and résumé services, performs work site assessments, and assists employers in recruiting.

JOB BROKERAGE CENTRE SOCIETY
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Phone: (902) 420-0800
Fax: (902) 420-0808
Matches people with disabilities to jobs, educates and assists employers about barriers, and provides on-site job coaching.

DURHAM REGION EMPLOYMENT NETWORK
Ajax, Ontario
Phone: (905) 723-7393
E-mail: pattyc@durham.net
Creates an opportunity for information-sharing among representatives of a diverse range of rehabilitative and employment services. The network’s goal is to enhance and develop services to the unemployed, especially those who face a multitude of barriers.

COMMUNITY EMPLOYMENT SERVICES
Medicine Hat, Alberta
Phone: (403) 527-3400
Fax: (403) 529-1545
E-mail: commempl@telusplanet.net
Operates a variety of employment training programs including Construction Training, Industrial Training, Retail Training and Basic Skills Training. Leads résumé-writing workshops, transition and career decision-making seminars, and job finding clubs.

THE FORUM PARTNERS
Watch for our Forum partners online. These consumers, professionals, governments and corporations have joined together to share their opportunities and perspectives in the Canadian Abilities Foundation’s Forum. Here are some of their websites — and don’t forget to watch for them on EnableLink. The EnableLink Forum will bring you word from these organizations and many more.

HUMAN RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT CANADA (HRDC)
http://www.hrdc-drhc.gc.ca/
This site contains important contact information for HRDC. There is also information on all of its programs. This national site connects employers and job seekers to some of its other sites, including Job Bank, WorkSearch, Human Resources Office for Employers and more.

RICK HANSEN INSTITUTE
http://www.rickhansen.org
The Rick Hansen Institute is a major presence in Canada for research, rehabilitation, and prevention. Its website is a great resource.

TRAINING COORDINATING GROUP’S LINK UP
http://www.tcg.on.ca/
A very thorough employment site for employers and job seekers. The links page is excellent. Services include vocational counselling, training and support, employment services, and information services.

Your organization can be a Forum partner, too. For more information about the Canadian Abilities Foundation’s Forum, contact us at (416) 923-1885 (e-mail: able@interlog.com).

WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!
EnableLink is destined to become your resource — take an active hand in making it information-rich and valuable! Write, fax or e-mail us to add content to the services we will be providing.

UPCOMING EVENTS
Send us upcoming events for the EnableLink Calendar (January 1999 and beyond). Be sure to include the following information:

Title of Event/Conference:
Date:
Location:
Description:
Contact Information:

LIBRARY, BOOKSTORE & READING ROOM
Send us your suggestions for book titles and articles of interest for our Library, Bookstore and Reading Room. Be sure to include:

Title:
Author:
Date:
Publishing House:
Subject:

LINKS
Tell us about your favourite websites. Don’t forget to include:

URL (Internet address):
Subject or area of interest:
A few of your personal comments on the site:

HOW TO CONTACT ENABLELINK:
EnableLink
c/o Canadian Abilities Foundation
489 College Street, Suite 501
Toronto, Ontario
M6G 1A5
Tel.: (416) 923-5948
Fax: (416) 923-9829
E-mail: able@interlog.com

Meet some of the partners and sponsors joining Ontario’s Worksplace Safety and Insurance Board in supporting EnableLink in the next issue!

 

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