JOIN is one of Canada's leading organizations specializing in recruitment of persons with disabilities, strategies and supports for employers for full inclusion and expertise on disability in the workplace. We work with job seekers with disabilities and assist employers in making their workplaces more accessible. JOIN offers one-stop employment recruitment services for employers. Through our referrals to service providers, we bring together job seekers and employers. Some of our programs include the JOIN Career Fair Connection, and the JOIN Mentoring Connection.
Our work is supported largely by the support of generous donors who contribute to our annual capital campaign. This year's goal of $100,000.00 which will allow JOIN to continue providing much needed services to those in our community who are in need of assistance. Without the continued support of generous donors like you, these needs will likely go unmet.
In order to continue making a difference in the lives of individuals affected by the work of JOIN it is vital for this year's capital campaign to be a success. Can we count on you to make a donation to this important cause? By making a tax deductible donation to our capital campaign, you'll be directly contributing to people with disabilities to find employment. Additionally, you'll be recognized for your generosity as a capital campaign supporter on the JOIN website and in the upcoming newsletter.
JOIN is depending on your assistance and generosity. Please visit JOIN Donation to pledge your support. Please be assured that your contribution will be put to good use to provide help to individuals in need of assistance right here in our community.
Thank you for your consideration and continued support.
The Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, states, “In the province right now it is considered that 1.8 million people have some degree of a disability, either a physical disability or a non-visible disability. This represents the largest single minority group on the province. It is also the only minority group in existence that any single person could join just by tripping on the sidewalk, slipping on the snow, going to a doctor, an assessment made of a condition, or a car accident or an injury... Just name it, the only minority group that any of us could join in an instant.”
Many studies support the notion that Canadians living with disabilities are far more prone to poverty and poverty itself creates disability. People with a disability are at a higher risk of experiencing homelessness for a number of reasons including:
- Abelism and discrimination. Ableism is a form of discrimination where judgements are made based on negative attitudes and lack of information about the capabilities of people with disabilities. Such discrimination prevents people with disabilities from fully participating in their communities;
- Availability of accessible housing or housing with support. The need for accessible housing for individuals with physical disabilities and housing with support for individuals with cognitive, developmental or mental health disabilities exceeds its availability;
- Economic barriers including limited access to suitable employment options and challenges meeting basic needs due to inadequate disability benefits. Individuals with a disability are more likely to live in poverty than other community members.