One of the key objectives of the TechAbility Research & Innovation project was to offer information about promising occupational pathways for persons with disabilities/diverse abilities. This lead to the development of the Framework Matrix which aligns technical occupations with disability categories. The Matrix was specifically designed to help employers, persons with diverse abilities and career counsellors identify promising occupational pathways that have been tested through supported job shadowing. Besides identifying the technical occupations by the Canadian National Occupational Classification (NOC) system to classify jobs and NOC Unit Group, the Matrix recommends any necessary mitigation strategies, identifies skills and competencies requirements, as well as any accommodations and supports needed to support hiring.
The Framework Matrix was developed through the support of technical employers who provided job shadow placements, as well as survey questionnaires completed by research participants and employers. It identifies 21 tested technical occupations that align with the specific disabilities of persons with diverse abilities.
The Technical Occupational Matrix provides users with information regarding:
- Different technical occupations.
- How those occupations potentially align with certain specific disabilities.
- The occupational competencies required for the position.
- Accommodations that could be considered in supporting the job placement.
Note: * The Matrix is based on preliminary research on the alignment of disabilities with technical occupations. Because it was informed by a relatively small sample of job shadows there was an inability to test each of these technical occupations with multiple participants having similar disabilities.
Fields are sortable and searchable with the filters directly above the table.
- Clicking the NOC code, Unit Group or Job Title will open a window with more details.
- Occupations are color coded with dots corresponding to various disabilities.
- Clicking on a dot within the table will bring you to its corresponding section on the new “Workplace Accommodations” page.
- On the Workplace Accommodations page all content is searchable.
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- Attention Deficit Disorder
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Epilepsy (Neurological)
- Learning Disability
- Intelectual Disability
- Oppositional Defiant Disorder
- Lack of Confidence
- Learning Disability
- Mental Health
- Social Anxiety
- Substance Abuse
- Acquired Physical Disabilities
- Acquired Back Injury
- Acquired Physical Injury
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Hearing Impairment
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Mobility barrier
- Physical Shaking due to Autism Spectrum Disorder
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