Originally published: March 15, 2016
Tim Rose has degrees in law and human rights. He also has cerebral palsy and, because of that, once spent more than four years looking for work. Now he's with a new online project at Ryerson University aimed at helping other people with disabilities overcome the challenges of finding a job.
More than half of all disabled, working-age Canadians are unemployed, according to a 2012 survey — a state of affairs Ontario's former lieutenant governor David Onley once called a "permanent depression."
But Rose says Ryerson's Magnet project wants to change that by connecting candidates with employers who are committed to hiring people with disabilities.
"We're breaking down the silos — so we're not only connecting job-seekers and employers, but we've also got data that we're sharing with community organizations and with policy makers," Rose said Tuesday on Metro Morning.
"We're really trying to bring everybody together under one umbrella for the first time, to actually make a difference in those unemployment numbers."