News & Events
The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) of Ontario sets out a new Return-to-Work Strategy using a blend of best current practices and new approaches. To review the IDMSC Communiqué, please click on the link below.
A ceremony took place in Belgium at the end of November to recognize the first group of participants to complete the Disability Management Practitioner training program and also to present the IDMSC certificates to those who successfully passed the professional certification examinations. Attached please find the IDMSC Communique which provides the background on the agreement between the Belgium Health Insurance Agency (RIZIV/INAMI) and NIDMAR as well as comments from participants in the training program.
With the support of the Scottish government, events recently held in both Glasgow and Edinburgh, recognized individuals who achieved the prestigious international Certified Disability Management Professional (CDMP) designation. Attached please find the IDMSC Communique which provides additional details on both events. More Information
An agreement signed between the Pilon School of Business at Sheridan College and Pacific Coast University for Workplace Health Sciences (PCU-WHS) allows students who have completed the diploma program in Human Resources to transfer their credits from Sheridan towards the Bachelor of Disability Management at PCU-WHS.
The Bachelor of Disability Management is the first – and only – degree of this nature and level internationally. It provides graduates with the underpinning of knowledge, skills and competencies to assist absent workers to return to work and employing organizations to promote and protect the health of workers.
“In my opinion a significant piece of the future of human resources will involve disability management and return to work,” says Shady Hana, a Professor and HR Program Coordinator at Sheridan College. “This is especially true with aspects of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) coming into play within the next three to five years here in Ontario. The partnership with PCU-WHS provides a priceless opportunity for our students to learn about this growing field.”
The Pacific Coast University for Workplace Health Sciences (PCU-WHS) is pleased to announce that the 2018
International Forum on Disability Management (IFDM) conference will receive sponsorship through the Government of Canada’s Social Development Partnerships Program-Disability.
The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities said, “Canada is at its best and all of society benefits when everyone is included. By bringing together academics, professionals and disability stakeholders from all over the world to share their knowledge and generate valuable ideas, this conference will help ensure that Canadians with disabilities are able to fully participate in their workplaces and communities.”
“We are very grateful for the significant support that the Government of Canada has provided, especially when considering recent reports that indicate 23 percent of all people living in poverty across Canada are persons with mental or physical health impairments, and in excess of 80 percent of impairments are acquired during a person’s working life, and therefore effective and collaborative workplace efforts in job retention and return to work can have a significant impact on changing this narrative” said Wolfgang Zimmermann, President of PCU-WHS.
To view the full media release, please see attached.
As an additional update, please note that the deadline for the Call for Abstracts has been extended to April 2, 2018.
For further details on the Call for Abstracts, please visit the following webpage: https://www.ifdm2018.com/call-for-abstracts/
IFDM 2018 Secretariat
Evie DoCouto, Vice President, Return to Work Division at the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) of Ontario, has been appointed Chair of the Canadian Society of Professionals in Disability Management. In this role, she also serves as Chair of the Canadian Certification Council, which awards the professional designations of Certified Disability Management Professional (CDMP) and Certified Return to Work Coordinator (CRTWC) under the auspices of the International Disability Management Standards Council, a standard of excellence in the Disability Management field comparable to ISO certification in other sectors. More Information
The date has been set for the 2018 CDMP and CRTWC professional certification examinations, which will take place in Canada, the UK, and Hong Kong on this date. For further details, please click on the link below, which will take you to the appropriate page:
Or, please contact NIDMAR directly at:
Tel: 778-421-0821, ext. 210
The sheer scale of the Enhanced Disability Management Program (EDMP) is the reason that it is the subject of a case study as it currently covers approximately 150,000 workers in four Bargaining Associations and all health authorities across British Columbia’s health care system.
The aim of the paper is to document the current status of the EDMP which has built on previous initiatives to create an industry wide consensus based approach to keeping people ill or injured connected to the workplace in the health sector in BC. The learning points of two of the previous initiatives that set out to establish effective job retention and return to work programs in health and care facilities using a consensus based disability management approach are also described.
To view or download the document, please click on the link below.
The National Institute of Disability Management and Research (NIDMAR) and the Pacific Coast University for Workplace Health Sciences (PCU-WHS) are pleased to announce the appointment to their respective Boards of Daphne Taras, PhD.
Dr. Taras is Professor of Labour Relations, Edwards School of Business and Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, visiting Professor at the University of Toronto, and Chair of the Saskatchewan Educational Relations Board. She served as Dean of the Edwards School of Business at the University of Saskatchewan from 2010-2016.
Reflecting on her new role with NIDMAR and PCU-WHS, Dr. Taras says that while law, policy, and chatter all matter, the need now is to focus on implementing change. “We need to ensure there are people in the workforce who have the training and skill set to meet every challenge. Every person with a disability is unique. This isn’t just about wheelchair ramps or accessible washrooms. This work is about removing all barriers so people with disabilities can work, contribute, and feel the dignity that comes from meaningful participation.”