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New source of support for campus career centres!

Ottawa, November 24, 2011 - Thanks to the generosity of TD Bank Group, the National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS) is launching a new project that will focus on supporting campus career centres in serving students with disabilities.

Since 2001, NEADS has had a variety of employment initiatives focused on students. However, increasingly NEADS has received requests from career centres for resources and information specifically to help with providing career services for students with disabilities. “We’re thrilled to have this opportunity to reach out to career centre staff” said Jennifer Dillon, Project Manager.

“We know career centre staff are working hard to meet the needs of students with disabilities, and this project is intended to provide support and continue building capacity,” said Dillon.

The project will begin with a needs assessment survey that will be sent to all campus career centres across Canada; the purpose is to identify what types of resources, information and training would be of help. Then, in 2012 NEADS will develop, and begin to deliver resources / training to respond to the identified needs.

As part of the project, a collection of case studies of existing campus employment initiatives for students with disabilities will be developed.

A part-time paid employment opportunity for a post-secondary student / recent graduate will also be part of the project.

Outreach to career centres is one part of a larger vision. Following this project NEADS hopes to gain support for a project that will bring together employers and post-secondary students with disabilities. “In order to make a difference we know we need career centres, employers and students all working together towards a common goal” said Dillon.

If you’d like more information about this project, or if you would like to share an employment initiative for students with disabilities from your campus, please email: jennifer.dillon@neads.ca

For more information, please contact the NEADS office:  National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS), Rm. 426 Unicentre, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, K1S 5B6, tel. (613) 380-8065 .




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