Curriculum Developer Accessibility Initiative

Deadline date: 
Monday, October 26, 2020 - 5:00pm
Deadline: 
Fixed date
RFP status: 
Active

Statement of Need

The purpose of this RFP is to solicit proposals from qualified individuals/organizations  to carry out a national need assessment which will inform the updating, revising and development of OCASI’s Accessibility Initiative e-learning self-directed courses in English and French. 

About OCASI

OCASI-The Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants is a registered charity governed by a volunteer board of directors. Formed in 1978, OCASI acts as a collective voice for immigrant-serving agencies and coordinates responses to shared needs and concerns. Its membership comprises more than 200 community-based organizations in the province of Ontario. 

Proposal Process

The purpose of this RFP is to identify potential consultants to provide services described in Attachment A – Statement of Work (SOW).

Submission Details

Please submit the proposal listed above no later than October 26th, 2020.

The proposal should be sent to RFP@ocasi.org with the subject headline Accessibility RFP- Last Name

Inquiries 

To ensure that OCASI maintains an open competition process, all inquiries regarding this RFP must be provided in writing only, via email to accessibilityinitiative@ocasi.org

Proposal Requirements 

The proposal should not exceed 6 pages and should include a résumé that outlines relevant qualifications and professional experiences. In addition the proposal should include but not limited to the following:

  • Overview of the applicant’s understanding of the scope and requirements of the project;
  • A work plan that takes into account the deliverables and implementation timelines; 
  • A brief description of how the applicant plans to work with OCASI staff and the project advisory committee; 
  • Examples of prior work similar to this type of project; 
  • Two References directly related to comparable projects. 

Project timeline

The project is expected to start mid-November 2020 or as soon as possible, ending March 2021. 

About the Project:

The Accessibility Initiative (AI) aims to enhance the knowledge and skills of settlement sector professionals across Canada by building their capacity to serve newcomers with in/visible disabilities and Deaf newcomers using an anti-racist anti-oppressive critical disability studies lens.

Project Overview

OCASI is requesting proposals to conduct a national needs assessment to understand the needs of newcomers with in/visible disabilities and Deaf newcomers, revise and create a comprehensive English and French 7 weeks e-learning  Self-Directed Training based on the existing in person and e-learning training. As settlement practitioners are one of the first points of contact Deaf newcomers and newcomers with in/visible disabilities have with Canadian social services, culturally relevant and responsive service delivery is essential in recognizing the barriers that continue to impact Deaf newcomers and newcomers with in/visible disabilities life in Canada. 

This RFP describes the objectives and content of the training program, and the expected role and deliverables of the individual or organization that will be hired to develop the curriculum for the English and French e-learning training. 

Profile of Training Participants

The training program is intended for settlement practitioners that serve Francophone and Anglophone newcomers with in/visible disabilities and Deaf newcomers to enhance their knowledge and capacity in service delivery. The training aims to bridge the gap between the Disability and Settlement sectors by equipping settlement practitioners with the appropriate tools, good/best practices using critical frameworks of analysis allowing them to better understand the different layers of marginalization and systemic barriers that newcomers with in/visible disabilities and Deaf newcomers are experiencing. Addressed also are the learning needs and additional unique challenges of Francophone minority communities across Canada. 

Phase one of the project consists of a national Needs Assessment of the organizations that serve newcomers with in/visible disabilities and Deaf newcomers. The specific training needs of the settlement workers will be identified using surveys, focus groups, and phone interviews. There will be up to 10-15 phone interviews with experts in the sector across Canada. There will be up to 4 focus groups with experts and people with lived experiences across Canada using zoom. The contractor will also liaise with the advisory committee to develop the training.

The Needs Assessment will seek to better understand and identify the challenges newcomers with in/visible disabilities and Deaf newcomers including Francophone minority experience in Canada with a special understanding of provincial and territorial challenges. This will be supported with focus groups and interviews with key stakeholders across Canada. 

Phase two of the project will include updating, revision, and development of the content for the seven modules (2-4 hours) self-directed e-learning training in English and French. Two rounds of feedback from OCASI staff and advisory committee will be provided to the consultant.

Phase three of the project will include piloting the English and French e-learning self-directed training and revising e-learning curriculum as needed based on feedback from OCASI staff, advisory committee and participants.  

Expected deliverables in response to this RFP

  • Resume for lead curriculum developer, highlighting experience relevant to the attached curriculum
    • A detailed outline for e-learning module development
    • 14 modules : 7 modules in English and 7 modules in French (Approximately 2-4-hour per module)(28 – 56  hours total)
    • Subjects of modules noted in the “Detailed Specifications” section in Attachment A – Schedule of Work
  • Budget of all costs associated with producing the expected outputs and outcomes
  • Competitive proposals will be under $23,000
  • References
    • The proposal should include two references of individuals who can speak to their experience with the consultant in conducting projects of similar scope. Information regarding each reference should include the individual’s name, address, telephone number, and email address.
  • Previous Work Product
    • The proposal should include at least two examples of written works similar to the scope of work requested within this RFP

Desired Skills and Competencies

  • Experience and expertise in curriculum development and/or instructional design
  • Experience and expertise in  e-learning and/or distance learning, involving the use of innovative (online and offline) pedagogical methods
  • Thorough understanding of anti-racist/anti-oppressive (ARAO), anti-abliest and anti-colinial frameworks; anti-black racism
  • Strong understanding of race, class, gender, ability particularly as they intersect with immigration, refugee, and status (or lack thereof)
  • Excellent critical analysis skills; able to grasp theoretical concepts and apply them, including problematizing oppressive language/ideas/practices and constructing solutions
  • Familiarity with non-western understanding of disability
  • Thorough understanding of international, national, provincial and territorial accessibility laws across Canada and its applications, particularly as it relates to competing rights, to employer and service provider responsibilities, and to the interplay of race and disability
  • Lived experience as immigrant or refugee with in/visible disabilities would be a major asset
  • Significant experience with curriculum development, particularly with adult learners. Experience with popular education models would be an asset
  • Strong project management skills, as evidenced through successful, on-time/on-budget completion of comparable projects
  • Knowledge of immigrant- and refugee-serving sectors across Canada, particularly the strengths / needs / gaps / knowledge base
  • Solid understanding of the specific needs of Francophone minority communities
  • Excellent written communication skills; highly organized with an editor’s eye for detail
  • Application’s history and track record managing assignments of a similar size and scope
  • Strong consultation (e-learning and in person) background with ability to conduct interviews, focus groups on/offline
  • Strong ability to work with multiple stakeholders and manage competing interest with integrity
  • Knowledge about the Council
  • Experience related to applied research and needs assessments within community-based and/or government-funded project

Evaluation Criteria 

  • Extent to which the proposed methodology, work-plan, and deliverables reflect the purpose and scope of the project
  • Consistency between the proposed work plan, timeframe and budget
  • Experience and qualifications of consultants, including individuals subcontracted (if there are any) for the assignment
  • Experience and expertise in curriculum development and/or instructional design
  • Experience with collaborative design and community-based research methodologies
  • Application’s history and track record managing assignments of a similar size and scope
  • Knowledge and understanding of immigrant and refugee sector
  • Understanding of equity and access issues as they pertain to immigrants, refugees, newcomers and racialized communities
  • Demonstrated ability to integrate in-depth knowledge of equity, access, and anti-racism anti-oppression into all aspects of the work

General Information

The consultant understands that the scope of work requested may be conducted by a single consultant, a consultant firm, or by a partnership of consultants. The proposal should provide the name, title, address, telephone number and email address for each person engaged in scope activities. 

Further, if a consultant group or partnership of consultants is proposed, the proposal should indicate who will serve as the lead person for the purposes of this RFP and the engagement, and how much time the lead person will dedicate to the project.

OCASI reserves the right to ask clarifications from shortlisted consultants and will not provide feedback about unsuccessful proposals.

Timeline

  • RFP issued: October 4th, 2020                                                  
  • Deadline for questions from consultants: October 18th, 2020    
  • Responses to questions provided: October 22nd, 2020             
  • Proposal submissions due date: October 26th, 2020                                
  • Award decision communicated: November 2nd, 2020                                

Appendix A – Statement of Work (SOW)

 Scope of the Work

The consultant will:

  • Evaluate, revise and update content in collaboration with OCASI staff, advisory committee members and course participants
  • Review and assess the current in-person curricula including facilitator’s guide, PowerPoint presentations, case studies, assignments, quizzes, and other materials developed and used by staff 

Revise and Update 5 modules (in English and French) and Create 2 NEW modules (in English and French) 

All modules in English and French should include one or more of the following, assignments, case studies, quizzes, and/or interactive games. For the french curriculum, case studies, assignments, quizzes will need to be contextualised to reflect francophone newcomers with in/visible disabilities and Deaf francophone experiences in Canada. 

  • Update and revise Module 1 in English and French: Utilizing an ARAO Framework. In this introductory module participants learn about anti-racism, anti-oppression, colonization, anti-black racism and how it intersects with ableism. Participants will learn to use this framework throughout their work.
  • Update and revise Module 2 in English and French: Understanding Disability. In this module, participants will examine disability through a historical context in Canada. Participants will know more about the medical, social, human rights, neurodivergent, disability justice models which have come to shape our understanding of disability. For the french curriculum, case studies, assignments, quizzes will be contextualised to reflect francophone newcomers with in/visible disabilities experiences in Canada.
  • Create Module 3 in English and French: Unpacking Stigma and Bias about Disability, Race and Colonization. In this module, participants will become more aware of how ableism is embedded in the social fabric of our society through language, policies, practices and procedures. They will also begin to think about challenging ableism in their work. For francophone audiences this module will not be a direct translation of the content in English and will need to contextualize the experiences of the Francophone community.
  • Update and revise Module 4 in English and French: Exploring the Experiences of Racialized Newcomers with In/Visible Disabilities and Deaf Newcomers. In this module, participants will begin to understand the unique challenges and barriers newcomers including refugees with in/visible and Deaf newcomers experience across Canada, making special mention of how those living in rural and urban communities.In addition, special attention will be given to explore the experiences of newcomers with disabilities and Deaf newcomers across each province and territory in Canada. This module will not be a direct translation of the content in English and will need to contextualize the experiences of the Francophone community. 
  • Create Module 5 in English and French: Gender Based Violence and Disabled Newcomer and Deaf Newcomer Women. In this module, participants will understand why disabled newcomer women and Deaf newcomer women are more at risk for gender based violence, challenges to accessing equitable settlement  services in the  sector.  This module will not be a direct translation of the content in English and will need to contextualize the experiences of the Francophone community.
  • Update and revise Module 6 in English and French: Disability and the Law. In this module, participants will learn more about international, national, provincial and territorial laws across Canada and how to use these laws to advocate for service users. 

  • Update and revise Module 7 in English and French: Sharing Good/Best Practices for Organizational Change. In this module, participants (managers and front-line workers) will learn good/best practices, share resources and implementation strategies to support newcomers with in/visible disabilities and Deaf newcomers immediately, short- and long-term. This module will not be a direct translation of the content in English and will need to contextualize the experiences of the Francophone community.

OCASI is Committed to Employment Equity.

Thank you to all applicants however only individuals/organizations shortlisted for interview will be contacted. No telephone inquiries please.