Breaking It Down Ottawa - Dialogues on Removing Barriers for People With Disabilities in The Workplace

Free for Post-Secondary Students and Recent Graduates with Disabilities. $50 for Professionals. Lunch provided.

Breaking it Down: Dialogues on Removing Barriers for People with Disabilities in the Workplace, Friday, January 27 2017, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

A National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS) event, in collaboration with the Carleton Disability Awareness Centre (CDAC) and the Paul Menton Centre for Students with Disabilities (PMC).

Richcraft Building, Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Drive, Conference Room (2220), Ottawa, January 27, 2017 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For more information contact:, tel. (613) 380-8065, 201

Carleton Disability Awareness Centre (CDAC), tel. (613) 520-2600, ext. 6618

Register now: and indicate any disability related accommodations you require. ASL interpretation will be provided.

Workshop Topics Include:

- Personal Branding and Social Media

- Soft Skills: Challenges in the Workplace

- Disclosure and Accommodation Barriers and Focused Career Goals

Opening Remarks:

Jeremiah Bach, Event Producer, NEADS

Brett Babcock/Céline Brown MacDonald, Coordinators, Carleton Disability Awareness Centre

Keynote: Ainsley Latour, NEADS' Director At Large:

"Navigating the employee-employer relationship when the employee has a disability"

Social Media and Personal Branding

Sana Khan Employment Specialist, Workplace Essential Skills Partnership Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work;

Barriers and Focused Carrier Goals

Jenna Roy, Recent Graduate, Carleton University and

Susan Forster, Community Initiative, EARN - Employment Accessibility Resource Network

Disclosure and Accommodation

Avesta Alani, University of Ottawa, Co-chair, Canadian National Institute for the Blind’s (CNIB) National Youth Council

Isabelle Hétu, Program Manager, Trucking HR Canada

What makes Breaking It Down different from other employment workshops?

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.

The Breaking It Down 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.

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"