Breaking it Down: Dialogues on Removing Barriers for People With Disabilities in the Workplace (Calgary, Alberta, Friday, April 1, 2016)

The National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS), with host the University of Calgary Graduate Students’ Association (GSA), invites post-secondary students and recent graduates with disabilities at all levels, 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 at the University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta in the Senate Room, 7th Floor, Hotel Alma, 169 University Gate NW on Friday, April 1 from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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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 event, 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 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. A full list of speakers will be announced soon!

Introductory Remarks: Anuya Pai, Vice-Chair/Alberta Director, National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS)

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

Speakers include:

Chris Thomas, Senior Consultant, The Business Consulting Group

Kevin Werner, Vice President Agriculture Services Alberta/BC, TD Canada Trust

Sana Khan, Employment and Outreach Specialist, Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work (CCRW)

Susan Kasowski, Human Resources Coordinator, Enbridge

Project Partners:

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"