David C. Onley Initiative

#AbleTo close the
employment gap

An Ottawa employer-targeted campaign to help students and graduates with disabilities find meaningful employment.

One movement for many audiences

The David C. Onley Initiative sought to develop a campaign of awareness and action that embraces the experiences and capabilities of students and graduates with disabilities. The campaign highlights the employment gap these students encounter and dispels stubborn myths about ability assumed by Ottawa’s employers and business owners.

Sean is #AbleTo provide an inclusive workplace for all.

Sean MacGinnis,

President, BuildAble

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Cedric is #AbleTo be an ambassador for people with disabilities.

Cedric Hodgins,

Student, Algonquin College

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Tara is #AbleTo make accessibility the norm.

Tara Connolly,

Assistant Director, Research and Development,
David C. Onley Initiative

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Closing the employment gap in Ottawa involves everyone

The #AbleTo campaign connects a community of employers, students, educators and experts. These supporters show the human side of both the challenge that Ottawa faces and the very solution that resides in our city.

“I appreciate the care that Stiff took to understand the issue and the stakeholders. They leveraged what they learned to bring a fresh and dynamic approach to employer engagement in our community.”

Shannon Bruce, Manager of Business Development,
United Way East Ontario's EARN

Manager of Business Development,
United Way East Ontario's EARN

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