Leadership

Congratulations to Anne Hathaway Public School!

Congratulations to Anne Hathaway Public School!

The students and leaders at Anne Hathaway Public School in Stratford are awesome! Together We Rock! received over 190 leadership cards from students with their “one step” to create a more accessible and inclusive school community. In recognition of their efforts to make a difference, Anne Hathaway Public School received a Leadership Recognition Plaque from Together We Rock! Congratulations! You Rock!

Nine Chicago Tech Companies Building More Inclusive Workplaces

Nine Chicago Tech Companies Building More Inclusive Workplaces

You may see some familiar names in this article about diversity and inclusion at some Chicago tech companies. Groupon, Foursquare and Sprout Social are featured in the article about nine companies who are putting inclusion and diversity principles into action.

Human Resources Leaders Building More Inclusive Workplaces

Human Resources Leaders Building More Inclusive Workplaces

Devex.com is the media platform for the global development community. The Devex mission statement is to “keep you better connected to the news, business intelligence, funding and career opportunities you need, to do more good for more people.”Effective leadership and human resource practices can impact the diversity and inclusion of a workplace. Some workplaces include the following:

Youth Leaders Invited To Help Build a More Accessible Canada

Youth Leaders Invited To Help Build a More Accessible Canada

The Government of Canada recently launched a call for expressions of interest for youth leaders across Canada, who will work with eligible organizations to submit project proposals under the Enabling Accessibility Fund’s (EAF) Youth Innovation Component.

Accessibility with Imagination

Accessibility with Imagination

We can fly through space. We can walk on the moon. But we cannot make our world accessible? Delivered in sign language with a voice over, deaf communication specialist and disability activist Eva Westerhoff explains in this Tedx video using vivid language what it’s like to be left out.

Discover Ability Rocks!

Discover Ability Rocks!

The Whitby Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Canadian Business SenseAbility sponsored Discover Ability featuring keynote speaker Mark Wafer. This event was held at the Abilities Centre in Whitby, Ontario. As a member of the Whitby Chamber of Commerce, Together We Rock! was pleased to be one of the presenting sponsors of this event. An audience of 100 employers and representatives from community organizations attended Discover Ability.

Canada Defined by Inclusion

Canada Defined by Inclusion

Canada defines itself by bridges, not walls. This is the sentiment of Canada’s Supreme Court Chief Justice, Beverley McLachlin, who will step down from her position at the end of this year. McLachlin said “Canada still defines itself by inclusion, by what it embraces, not exclusively by what it rejects.”

The Sound of Inclusion

The Sound of Inclusion

Effective teaching means effective communication. However, with students emerging from a variety of cultures, backgrounds and abilities in today’s classrooms, the language used in teaching can often stifle students’ progress.  Subjects such as math and science use jargon which can be confusing, especially when the students speak differently and may use a different language at home.

CIBC Initiative to Create Inclusive Workplaces

CIBC Initiative to Create Inclusive Workplaces

Earlier this year the CIBC, one of Canada’s largest banks, announced a partnership with Magnet, an online network that connects job seekers to employers. The initiative comes amid a growing movement to tackle employment barriers for people with disabilities and focus on diversity hiring.

David C. Onley Leadership in Accessibility Role Model Award

David C. Onley Leadership in Accessibility Role Model Award

Oshawa, May 25, 2017 – John Draper, founder of Together We Rock!, today received this year’s David C. Onley Leadership in Accessibility Role Model Award. Her Honour the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, presented the award at a ceremony at Queen’s Park, alongside the Honourable David C. Onley. The annual award – named for Ontario’s 28th Lieutenant Governor – recognizes individuals and organizations that have gone above and beyond to raise awareness about accessibility and to nurture a culture of inclusion across the province.

Creating a Sense of Community: School Leadership Workbook

Creating a Sense of Community: School Leadership Workbook

All changes big and small start somewhere, and this workbook is designed to assist teachers and intermediate-level elementary students (grades 6–8) and high school students (grades 7–12) in the beginning stages of their journey to making their schools and communities more accessible and inclusive.

Council on Inclusive Work Environments

Council on Inclusive Work Environments

The Council on Inclusive Work Environments (CIWE) of the Conference Board of Canada is a network of Canadian organizations, public and private, “that are currently involved in the development, implementation and monitoring of inclusiveness, diversity, talent management and employment equity initiatives.” 

Diversity, Inclusion and Performance

Diversity, Inclusion and Performance

Employers and human resources professionals can take advantage of team members’ annual performance reviews to inspire reflection on diversity and inclusion. These opportunities can help management understand how diversity and inclusion are being experienced, as well as allow employees who are actively building their capacity to support inclusion to be recognized. 

Inclusive Workplace Culture

Inclusive Workplace Culture

Workplace bullying is a serious problem, requiring action be taken by executives and management. A truly inclusive workplace culture should preclude bullying, and cruel and damaging behaviour should not be tolerated by anyone with a commitment to diversity and acceptance, regardless of position.