ODEN is a network of professional employment service providers whose aim is to increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities. The organization works to remove barriers which limit employment opportunities for those who have a disability. ODEN works with businesses to develop marketing initiatives to promote the benefits of hiring people with disabilities to the corporate community. Additionally, ODEN works on improving the skills of the employment service providers of best practice in the sector and create strategies to provide recognition of organizations who do provide employment supports for people who do have a disability.
ODEN also recognizes those business leaders who play a leadership role in promoting inclusive workplaces. The Champions League is ODEN’s way of recognizing such efforts and the outstanding job they do of promoting the cause. “Business owners and operators who, through their own experiences, can demonstrate to their peers that it is not only possible but, in fact, beneficial to the bottom line, to include people who have a disability in the workforce,” said Joe Dale, ODEN’s Executive Director, at a recent conference. “This approach and these individuals will help us achieve greater outcomes for those we support.”
The Ontario Disability Employment Network (ODEN) is holding its 2017 Rethinking Disability Conference Oct 23-25, 2017, at Sheraton Parkway Toronto North.
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