PEI Council of People with Disabilities (COD) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the full participation and inclusion of people with disabilities in Island society.
To be eligible for COD employment programs and services, clients must be over the age of 17 years of age, be out of school, have a physical or learning disability, and be unemployed or working less than 20 hours per week.
The main office located in Charlottetown has provided employment services Island-wide since 1982. Offices in Montague and Souris were established in 2001.
Two employees work out of the Montague office and also meet with clients at Access PEI in Souris. Four employment specialists serve clients Island-wide.
Canda MacNeill is an Employment Specialist who works out of the Montague and Souris locations.
Teresa MacKinnon is a Community Access Worker who works out of the Montague office. She works with clients to help them apply for their CPP Disability Pension when they are no longer employable and for other supports needed.
“No two days are the same in our Montague office,” says Canda. “My day is shaped by who comes through my door. It could be someone who recently acquired a disability and is looking to reevaluate their skill set and how to transfer those skills to a new occupation.”
There is no fee for the cost of services. It is beneficial to make an appointment.
Employment Specialists assist clients with the following:
- Career decision making
- Skills enhancement
- Job search: job readiness identification, resumé preparation, effective cover letter writing, job interview techniques, and job search coaching
- Job development within the community
- Job search workshops
- Work Abilities Pre-Employment Workshops
- Administer Opportunities Fund Wage Subsidy Program
Employment challenges of people with a disability
“Assumptions can be made if a person’s disability is not noticeable. A hearing impairment, back injury, heart condition, chronic fatigue, or a learning disability are just a few disabilities that are not easily identifiable.”
Tips for the job seeker
- Be clear about personal skill sets and how to market yourself.
- Update your resumé.
- Be aware of the hidden job market.
- Study job descriptions and research employers.
- Don’t limit yourself to online applications. Speak to people in your community.
- Follow up after each job interview with a prospective employer.
For more information about PEI Council of People with Disabilities, visit www.peicod.pe.ca.
Funded in whole or in part by the Canada-PEI labour market agreements.