Announcement of Disability Employment & Awareness project with support from CIBC
Ottawa - December 2, 2020
The National Educational Association of Disabled Students is proud to announce a donation from CIBC for $10,000, to support students and recent graduates with disabilities. The support will consist of:
- Direct employment support, including webinars to the academic community and employers, on supporting students with disabilities
- Updating NEADS’ Breaking it Down employment portal with provincial-specific resources, as well as NEADS’ financial aid portal, DisabilityAwards.ca, with financial literacy content.
- A campaign to encourage the idea that we are all on a continuum of accessibility.
CIBC and the National Educational Association of Disabled Students are very excited to begin this relationship together, to advance accessibility and inclusion for students and recent graduates with disabilities. NEADS will be tracking and reporting all of the progress on this project. For more details, email email@example.com.
The National Educational Association of Disabled Students is kicking off this project in December 2020.
Quote from Frank Smith | National Coordinator, National Educational Association of Disabled Students:
"This is a fantastic partnership with CIBC as it supports key objectives of NEADS to foster full accessibility in college and university education for students with disabilities. It also addresses our commitment to promote disabled students and graduates as highly skilled and motivated employees for the competitive Canadian labour market. We are grateful for this generous funding from CIBC."
Quote from Sandra Rondzik | VP, Talent Development, CIBC :
“CIBC is proud to partner with the National Educational Association of Disabled Students to create opportunities for students and recent graduates with disabilities. At CIBC, we recognize the importance of inclusion in employment and we look forward to supporting NEADS’ efforts to highlight the next generation of talent."
- In 2017, one in five Canadians aged 15 and over reported having a disability.
- Students with disabilities face great barriers with respect to education and employment.
- Among people aged 25 to 64, 80% of people without disabilities are likely to be employed, compared to 59% of people with disabilities.
- In 2017, as the severity of a person’s disability increased, the likelihood of being employed decreased – 76% of those with mild disabilities were employed, compared to 31% of those with very severe disabilities.
(Statistics Canada, 2017)*
* Statistics Canada. (2017). A demographic, employment and income profile of Canadians with disabilities aged 15 years and over, 2017. Retrieved from: https://bit.ly/3mmRn0V
For further information:
National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS)
Rm. 514 Unicentre, Carleton University
Ottawa, Ontario, K1S 5B6, tel. (613) 380-8065, ext. 201