NEADS Conference 2002
"Opening Doors to Success"
Brenda Whaley has been involved in the disability field for the past six years. Her involvement started as a volunteer in 1996 when she worked as a student ambassador at the Meighen Centre for Learning Assistance at Mount Allison University. She went on to be the New Brunswick representative and vice-president external of the National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS) from 1997 to 1999.
For the past three years, she has been working as a consultant for NEADS and the Learning Disabilities Association of Canada (LDAC). Brenda was co-author for NEADS' last two publications: Faculty Awareness and Training in the Post - Secondary Community: An Annotated Bibliography and Moving On - A guide for students with disabilities making the transition to post -secondary education.
Brenda was a third party consultant for LDAC and HRDC. She analyzed the Destination Employment Program and had an opportunity to interview over 150 students with learning disabilities over the past three contracts. She has also been a keynote speaker at several disability conferences.
Neil Faba received a combined honours undergraduate degree in Journalism and Political Science from Carleton University in 2001. He has worked for five years as a journalist and communications consultant for a variety of organizations.
Neil's affiliation with NEADS began in 1999, when he was hired as an office assistant under Human Resources Development Canada's Youth Employment Strategy program. Since, he has co-authored the following NEADS publications: Faculty Awareness and Training in the Post-Secondary Community: An annotated bibliography; Moving On: A guide for students with disabilities making the transition to post-secondary education; Employment Connections: A transition tool kit for youth with disabilities. Neil has also edited and authored several reports for the organization.
After co-authoring NEADS' 2000 Conference Report, Neil is pleased to be able to participate in this conference as a speaker. As a person with a physical disability who had the opportunity to study at the post-secondary level, Neil is thankful to have had the chance to serve as a consultant on the organization's High School Outreach Project, and hopes the results of those efforts will be helpful to students with disabilities seeking post-secondary education, for years to come.
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