Discoverability Makes Transitions Easier

 

DiscoverAbility is an organization in the Toronto area that provides career planning programs and services for people with physical disabilities between the ages of 16 and 29.

In my last year of high school, I knew I wanted to study the Early Childhood Assistant program at college, but I didn’t know what services were available to help meet my needs. I decided to go to DiscoverAbility for help.

Elaine Greenberg, a Career Counsellor and DiscoverAbility Team Leader, helped me learn about my interests and abilities through career assessment testing. Evelyn Gold, the Outreach Coordinator, told me about Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS) and how to find out what services would help me in college. We came up with some questions to ask the Special Needs Coordinator of my program at the college.

DiscoverAbility has a career library which can help you find information, and where you can look at videos about the career you have chosen to study. DiscoverAbility also provides workshops to parents, educators, employers and community groups about disability awareness and career planning issues. I participated in the On Track pre-employment program and learned about the work world, including things like doing a resume. I also learned that it is important to network, because other people can help you when you look for a job.

The DiscoverAbility team made my transitions easier. They helped me have a positive attitude towards my future!

(Danielle Svec has been involved in DiscoverAbility since 1991. She is a graduate of Sheridan College and now works on contract for the Peel Board of Education in Ontario.)

DISCOVERABILITY
44 APPIAN DRIVE
NORTH YORK, ON M2J 2P9;
TEL: (416) 395-4896 (Voice and TTY)
FAX: (416) 395-3710
E-MAIL:
WEBSITE:
http://www.nybe.north-york.on.ca

 

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