Meet the self advocate consultants, researchers and assistants behind this project.

A list of key partners from government and community stakeholders who are part of this organization.

Inspiring stories of youth with developmental disabilities who have achieved success in the workplace.

Reports and links to online resources and tools with useful information and practical tips.

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What is the Issue?

Employment rate for Canadians aged 25 – 64

  • Persons with no disability 79%
  • Persons with disabilities 49%
  • Persons with development disabilities 22%

In Canada, people with all disabilities face barriers and challenges to finding meaningful work and the situation for people with developmental disabilities (self advocates) is worse. Only 22.3% of self advocates reported some kind of employment, and when they did have a job they worked few hours and received lower pay than people who did not have disabilities.

Self advocates want to work, and research shows that helping young people who are graduating from high school and becoming adults is an important time to promote employment.

The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2006) says that people with disabilities have the right to work and governments need to support and promote people with disabilities’ right to work.

What Are We Going to Do About This?

The BC Transitioning Youth with Disabilities and Employment Project – “The TYDE Project”

“The TYDE Project” is an emerging interdisciplinary, cross-sectoral network of partners committed to improving the low employment outcomes of working age individuals with developmental disabilities with a specific focus on youth ages 14 – 25 (the ages of transitioning youth in BC). The goal of the TYDE Project is to collaboratively develop and implement a program of research (through two phases) aimed to increase labour market participation for transitioning youth with developmental disabilities with attention given to exploring how sex/gender might be a mitigating factor influencing employment outcomes for youth in BC.

TYDE Objectives

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    Create a team of people to improve the employment outcomes for self advocate youth in BC to transition to meaningful work when they become adults.

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    Learn about what kinds of supports related to employment are available for transitioning youth today.

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    Learn if there are differences between males and females when it comes to work – positive things and negative things.

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    Explore if the TYDE Project can be started in other places in Canada.

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    Develop an application for a second research project that focuses on improving the employment outcomes for self advocate youth in BC.

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