NEADS and Vision Impaired Resource Network (VIRN) partner to present - "Two Events Under One Roof"

The National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS) is proud to present its second annual Winnipeg Skills for Student Success event at the Viscount Gort Hotel as a partnership -- two events under one roof -- with the Vision Impaired Resource Network (VIRN) on Tuesday, October 14th. The NEADS forum has been made possible thanks to a grant from the Winnipeg Foundation.

  • A trade show that puts the spotlight on vendors and organizations, who provide a wide variety of products and services available to people with disabilities.
  • Accessible Advanced Voting for Winnipeg's Civic Election - 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. This advanced voting station is also open to the general public. If you are a person with a disability, 18 years of age and/or have never had the opportunity to vote this is the time to make your vote count.
  • An opportunity to gather information on resources for a family member, a friend or for yourself.
  • A good chance for a hands on experience to try new technology and tools that will make your day-to-day life easier.
  • The National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS) Skills For Student Success Forum will discuss issues regarding navigating employment and education.

Location: Viscount Gort Hotel
Salon A & B Main Floor
1670 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Royal A and Royal B
9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

The 6th annual Vision Impaired Resource Network (VIRN) trade show puts the spotlight on vendors and organizations, which provide a wide variety of products and services available to people with a disability. It is a chance for the community to gather information all in one room.

Trade Show Open All Day (Royal A)
No admission fee, everyone is welcome.

For More Information Contact VIRN: Phone: 1-888-851-VIRN (8476) or Email:

EEvent Registration

Please register by October 14, 2014

If you need disability-related accommodations, require sign language interpretation, or have dietary restrictions, please provide details when you register.


Agenda - Winnipeg Student Skills For Success Forum - Royal B
Viscount Gort Hotel
Time Session Description
9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. On-Site Registrationn
10:00 a.m.

Opening Remarkss

  • Tim McIsaac, Chair and Manitoba Director, National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS)
10:05 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Identifying Employment Opportunitiess

  • Carole Fréchette, Outreach Coordinator, Wellness and Diversity Branch, City of Winnipeg
  • Gail Langlais, Director of Career Services, University of Manitoba
11:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Putting Your Best Foot Forward

  • Doris Koop, Executive Director of Vision Impaired Resource Network (VIRN)
  • Vic Pereira, Senior Technical Services Officer, Industry Canada
11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Employment Services - Reaching E-Quality
12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Lunch and Networking (Trade Show open)

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Doing What It Takes: Staying Positive and Determined Even When  Times are Challenging

  • Ann Harry, Coordinator of Rehabilitation Support Services at Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB)
2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Break, Time to visit the Trade Show (Royal A)
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Using Technology & Tools

  • Stephen Ricci, Frontier Computing
  • Glen Sepke, Great West Life / VIRN Board Member
4:00 p.m.. Wrap Up

Notes: Out of respect for those with sensitivities, please do not wear perfumes or colognes, and do not bring any products containing nuts.

More details coming soon!

Telephone: 613-380-8065, ext. 201
Toll-Free: 1-877-670-1256
Fax: 613-369-4391