Did you know that post-secondary students with disabilities experience greater difficulties with gaining employment in comparison to their peers and typically have higher unemployment and underemployment rates?

After three years of dedication, the Youth Leadership Initiative (YLI) Team proudly presents the YLI Toolkit, a free online multimedia resource hub for youth with disabilities and employers looking to make their workplaces more inclusive and accessible. The Toolkit will offer a one-stop resource database that provides tangible solutions to many of the attitudinal barriers faced by post-secondary youth with disabilities during their employment search.

Over time, we will continue adding and updating resources as new information is found. To get people started, take a look at the resources found by the YLI team, the YLI Advisory Committee, and respondents to the YLI Questionnaire.

In the YLI study, we explored various employment challenges. 

  • Low Self-Confidence 
  • High Performance Expectation  
  • Perceived Discrimination 
  • Hesitation in Disability Disclosure
  • Lack of Workplace Accommodation

In addition to tips and guidance to the identified barriers, the YLI Toolkit will also include additional career tips carefully curated by the YLI team and a list of equitable employers. 

The YLI team is passionate about workplace inclusion and accessibility! We’ve been building this resource hub for you to enjoy, learn from, and refer to when you’re looking for assistance. Most importantly, we’ve created a safe community where we can all exchange ideas and share our career journeys.

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This toolkit is a collective effort between the YLI team and you.

Explore the YLI Toolkit, use it, and let us know your thoughts by submitting your suggestions or feedback. We are so grateful for your continued support!

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Resources on the YLI Toolkit webpages, including, but not limited to, the text, graphics, images, links, and other materials are intended for informational purposes only. The content is not substitute for professional or advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and does not constitute medical or other professional advice. The Disability Foundation and Affiliates do not recommend or endorse any specific tests, physicians, products, procedures, opinions, or other information that may be mentioned on the linked websites. 

Please consult your health care provider before making any health care decisions or for guidance about a specific medical condition. The Disability Foundation and Affiliates expressly disclaim responsibility, and shall have no liability, for any damages, loss, injury, or liability whatsoever suffered as a result of your reliance on the information contained in the YLI Toolkit webpages.

By visiting the YLI Toolkit webpages you agree to the these terms and conditions, which may from time to time be changed or supplemented by The Disability Foundation and Affiliates.