Saint Mary’s Career Services presents: A National Educational Association of Disabled Students' event - Breaking It Down: Dialogues on Removing Barriers for People With Disabilities In The Workplace (Halifax, Nova Scotia, Friday, January 29, 2016)

The National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS) invites post-secondary students and graduates with disabilities, career educators and representatives from federally regulated private sector employers to a one day innovative and interactive workshop "Breaking it Down (BID): Dialogues on removing barriers for people with disabilities in the workplace”, to be held in Halifax, Nova Scotia on Friday, January 29, 2016 from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at Saint Mary’s University, Unilever Lounge – SB422, Sobey Building, 923 Robie Street.

This event is presented with support from our partner Career Services, Saint Mary’s University. Register online now: •

The BID workshop is part of “Breaking Through Barriers”: An Employment Project To Support Persons With Disabilities, a national two–and-a-half year project funded by Labour Canada through its Workplace Opportunities: Removing Barriers to Equity program. The initiative is aimed at connecting recent graduates with disabilities and employers in the federally regulated sector, through in-person workshops and a unique web portal designed to create on-going relationships and resource sharing between disabled graduates and employers.

During this interactive day, students and employers will have the opportunity to hear from both lived experience and employer experts on topics such as: Personal Branding and Social Media; Disclosure and Accommodation In The Workplace; Job Interviews; Soft Skills: Challenges in the Workplace; Professional Development; Barriers and Focused Career Transitions; Moving On From Entry Level. Unlike most employment workshops that rely on a one-way flow of knowledge from employer to potential employee, student and employer participants will have the opportunity to engage in facilitated discussions about the issues aimed at creating a knowledge exchange process between employers and potential employees.

Come join NEADS and representatives of our valued project partners (see below), for an employment workshop that will bring job seekers and job makers together, who will learn from each other by……….Breaking it Down. This event is free to post-secondary students and recent graduates with disabilities (within less than 5 years after graduation). The registration fee is $50 for professionals. You must complete all fields in the registration form. All speakers will be announced soon.

Continental breakfast and lunch will be served. American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation will be provided. Disability accommodations and dietary restrictions/allergies can be identified upon registration for the event.

Shared Keynote Address:

Danny Graham, Chief Engagement Officer, Envision Nova Scotia

Emily Duffett, Chair, National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS)

Master of Ceremonies:

Jeremiah Bach, Event Producer, National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS)

Speakers include:

Sana Khan, Employment and Outreach Specialist, Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work, Personal Branding and Social Media

Nicole Gibson, NEADS' Newfoundland and Labrador Director, Disclosure and Accommodation In the Workplace

Bruce Smith, Senior Manager, Staff and Planning, Human Resources, Scotiabank, Barriers and Focused Career Goals

Kevin Penny, Coordinator, Disability Services, Post-Secondary Disability Services, Government of Nova Scotia, Barriers and Focused Career Goals

Keith Gelhorn, Owner, ADDvocacy ADHD and Life Skills Coaching Limited

Francine Phillips-Sheldon, Career and Employment Coach Intern, Career Services, Saint Mary's University

Zak Court, student, University of Prince Edward Island

Julian Acker-Verney, Research Assistant, Building Inclusive Societies, Global Development Project

Project Partners:

Career Services, Saint Mary’s University

Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work (CCRW)

Canadian Association of Career Educators and Employers (CACEE)

Career Edge

Enbridge Liquid Pipelines



Ryerson University

Brock University

University of Toronto

For further information contact: Jeremiah Bach, Event Producer, NEADS: or our national office:

Frank Smith, National Coordinator National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS) Rm. 514 Unicentre, Carleton University Ottawa, Ontario, K1S 5B6 tel. (613) 380-8065 ext. 201, "Supporting access to post-secondary education and employment for students with disabilities"