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Better Prospects: Building Knowledge and Networks to Improve Employment Outcomes for Disabled Youth Experiencing Homelessness

Dr. Stephanie Baker-Collins and Dr. Ann Fudge-Schormans from the School of Social Work have been engaged in a multi-year, multi-city, SSHRC funded collaborative research study examining the intersections between intellectual, developmental and learning disabilities, education, and employment among youth experiencing homelessness, in order to identify system-wide gaps and opportunities to develop interventions, improve policy, and further research.

Jun 17, 2020

The researchers note that very little was known about the number of disabled youth experiencing homelessness, the factors related to becoming homeless, their experiences of homelessness and needs for support.  They argue that this is due in large part to the fact that most studies assume that homelessness and disability are discrete experiences with unique populations requiring unique interventions.  “Yet we know that disability and homelessness do intersect”, say Baker-Collins and Fudge-Schormans and “by failing to attend to this intersection, the needs of disabled youth experiencing homelessness (for housing, support, education, and for sustainable and meaningful employment) are not addressed”. This project attends to this intersection through a collaboration that brings leading researchers on disability and homelessness together with partner organizations who offer educational, support, housing, and employment services to disabled and homeless youth in Hamilton, Toronto, and St. Catharines. Importantly, this collaboration includes a group of seven disabled co-researchers having experience of homelessness who have been actively involved in all aspects of the project. To learn more about the project, you can review these infographics