Top 4 tips for hiring and supervising

co-op students taking part in CanWork

Supervising a student who identifies as having a disability or mental health challenge doesn’t need to be costly, time-intensive or difficult. Rethinking your overall procedures with accessibility in mind can benefit all of your employees and increase your team’s productivity.

Here are our top 4 tips for making the most of this experience:


Adopt and promote inclusive language in all your materials

  • By integrating inclusive language into messaging about your hiring process and supervising strategies, you’ll take steps towards creating an accessible workplace.

  • Address each candidate in the appropriate way by respectfully asking them how they’d like to be addressed


Post your position with inclusivity in mind


Conduct your interviews in an inclusive way


Accommodating students with disabilities in the workplace

Workplace accommodations vary depending on each situation. The Job Accommodation Network has an extensive list of accommodation examples per category. Students are the experts in knowing what can help them to enable them to meet your requirements for the job.
It is good practice to involve the employee requesting the accommodation. It might also be reassuring to know that 80% of accommodations come at a cost less than $500.

Students of the CanWork program can count on the on-site support of CanWork job coaches.

We encourage the employer to engage in ongoing open conversations with the student directly. However, if problems do arise or both parties are unable to come to an agreement our job coaches are here to help mediate the situation.


CEWIL Canada has great employer resources to support students in remote working conditions during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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