NEADS Coffee Chat: Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians: Inclusive Employment Advocacy Project, Friday, March 26, 3:00 - 4:00 EST

National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS) Coffee Chat: Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians: Inclusive Employment Advocacy Project, Friday, March 26, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. EST. Register today!

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The Inclusive Employment Advocacy Project was an employment initiative developed by The Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians ( Toronto Chapter. The three-year project (2017 – 2019) provided tools and mentorship for job-seekers with disabilities to better self-advocate when seeking employment. Further training for Employment Agencies and Employers was developed to equip them to better support job-seekers with disabilities, including recruitment, hiring and accommodation of employees with disabilities. The objectives of these workshops were to dispel misconceptions about hiring or working with people with disabilities, demonstrate the benefits of welcoming people with different disabilities in the workplace, and provide tips for engaging and working with people with disabilities. Here is a video from year 3:


Minette Samaroo, Project Lead, City of Toronto funded COVID-19 Relief Project Accessibility Tester, Fable Tech Labs and Student, Deque University, President, Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians, Toronto Chapter

Minette Samaroo was born in Guyana, South America, and migrated to Canada in September 2014. As the President of AEBC Toronto Chapter, Minette is actively advocating for social change for persons with disabilities. One of the areas she focuses on is equitable employment for persons with disabilities. In 2019, Minette led the development and execution of The Disability Advantage Program – a Training Program for employers highlighting the benefits of hiring and working with persons with disabilities.
In addition to being the current president of The Toronto Chapter, Minette is also the National Vice-President of AEBC and the Project Lead for The Current COVID-19 Relief Project for persons with disabilities which is funded by the City of Toronto. Minette also serves as co-chair for The Accessible Housing Network and The Assistive Device Program Working Committee.

Christine Zannier, Disability Inclusion Consultant, Alliance for the Equality of Blind Canadians

Christine Zannier is a disability inclusion consultant with both corporate and community work experience. She has developed and implemented diversity and inclusion projects in employment and talent management for a Tier 1 bank. As an active member on the executive team for the Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians, she has led consultations, focus groups and events to promote equal opportunities for people with disabilities. Christine has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from York University and a Certificate in Human Resource Management from Ryerson University

The Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians (, is a National grassroots peer support advocacy group for the blind, partially-sighted and deafblind. For the last 28 years, we’ve advocated nationally and locally for equal access to programs and services, giving input at public consultations and leading joint initiatives to ensure all programs and services are accessible for all Canadians.

Come join the National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS) for a virtual coffee - Last Friday of the Month at 3pm Eastern Daylight Time!
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Share your experience!
Hear what a community member is doing on accessibility/mental health!
Ask questions relating to accessibility supports!
Discuss mental health, and
Meet new people!
Captioning is available.
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This is the loose agenda for our virtual coffees:
3pm: Introductions
3:10pm: Speaker's Talk
3:30pm: Questions and Feedback
3:45pm: Open Discussion on Accessibility and Mental Health
3:50pm: Conclusion