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I am a Candidate

Are you?

  • Proficient with technology?
  • Interested in obtaining help to access a new career in media?
  • Looking to add to your set of existing skills?
  • Looking to learn more about making media accessible and inclusive during a free 14-week program?

Do you?

  • Identify as someone with a disability?
  • Live in Toronto and GTA, Halton, Peel, or the Hamilton Region?
  • Have availability to attend courses online and in person part-time?
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Accessible media certificate program

  • The ‘Introduction to Accessible Content Creation Certificate Program’ offers Ontarians of all disabilities and backgrounds 14-Weeks of immersive learning and work experience in the field of ‘Accessible Digital Media’.
  • The Program is partnered with Mohawk College Enterprises, Brands Canada, and Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work (CCRW)
  • This Employment Ontario project is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.
  • This program is also connected with media partner The Disability Channel.
  • Additional soft skills training provided by Brands for Canada and Clearly Speaking.

Our goal is to train and successfully place our graduates with employers able to offer quality employment or job placements.

All employers of our graduates are eligible for the program’s exclusive wage subsidy administered through Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work (CCRW)..

The Facts

More than 1 in 5 Canadians have a Disability
Does this number seem represented in the everyday businesses you engage with?

The Accessible Media Program assists in facilitating and closing this job gap for
persons with disabilities and employers. It also ensures the right candidates are
matched with the right businesses.

‘Not Yet Disabled’- Long Term Inclusion
The majority of our Canadian population is actually labelled as ‘Not Yet Disabled’. This is because all disabilities change with time and age. But at some point we will all become Temporarily, Permanently, or Situationally disabled within each of our lifetimes.

Having someone employed with the extra knowledge and perspective of ‘accessibility’, will help shape our future societal systems from the inside out, creating long term solutions and wider inclusion.

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Skills Obtained In This Certificate Program

Our program gives you skills and knowledge in…

  • Disability Legislation and Knowledge of Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA)
  • Inclusive Language, Terminology, & Design
  • Social Media Accessibility
  • DIV & DDV
  • Video Captioning
  • Writing for plain and inclusive language
  • Social media automation
  • Accessible document creation
  • Applying alternative texts
  • Understanding web accessibility and assistive technologies
  • Knowledge of Assistive Technologies
  • Introduction to Accessible Documents Web
  • Disability Representation
  • Podcasting as an accessible medium
  • Marketing

Exercises in…

  • Podcast hosting, Recording, Hosting, Editing and Uploading
  • Promotional Video Editing

In addition to…

  • Managing stress and emotions in the workplace
  • Self advocacy
  • Appropriate workplace behaviour
  • Being a productive and efficient team player

Qualifications

You qualify if you are…

  • Unemployed or underemployed, with a self- disclosed disability
  • A minimum of 18 years old at the time of registration
  • A resident of Ontario and legally entitled to work in Canada

You still qualify if you are…

  • Employed but with a low household income
  • An ODSP or an Employment Ontario recipient

Requirements

You should be able to align with or have basic knowledge and skills in some of the following requirements…

  • Proficient communication and the ability (or high desire) to multitask and meet deadlines
  • Proficiency using Google Docs and Microsoft Office products
  • Ability to navigate the Internet utilizing distance learning technology and software programs such as Zoom, Skype or Microsoft Team
  • Previous experience with graphics or editing programs/software
  • Knowledge of social media and or creating social media campaigns
  • Reliable team player with the ability to take direction and work independently
  • Previous digital experience, customer service, e-marketing or journalism skills are an asset.

What Else Is There?

Alongside your certification and new highly sought after skills, the benefits do not end when the course is completed.

Post-Program Mentors
At the end of the program, each graduate is assigned a personal mentor called a ‘Post- Program Mentor’. The PPM assists and supports graduates in varying capacities such as; assisting with job searching, resume building, cover letter writing, interview practicing, goal setting, transitioning into work, employment support and planning, and motivation.

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Please attach a resume with a brief description as to why you feel you would be a good candidate for this program.

Contact Us

    Or please email Frank Sroka at frank@owlware.com or call 416-885-2472