Captioned videos of NEADS' Strategies to Employment events in Victoria and Vancouver now available!

(Ottawa, December 7, 2012) - The National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS) is engaged in a project to hold three one-day “Strategies to Employment” Forums in Victoria, Vancouver and Kelowna, British Columbia this academic year for post-secondary students and graduates with disabilities. This project is funded, in part, by the Government of Canada's Youth Awareness program with just over $78,000 to support the costs of planning and implementing these events. Employment forums were held in Victoria on October 13th, 2012 at the Victoria Marriott Inner Harbour hotel and in Vancouver on November 9th, 2012 at the Hilton Vancouver Metrotown hotel. There will be a third event in Kelowna in March, 2013.

The speakers in Victoria and Vancouver were video-taped and we are pleased to announce that twelve workshop presentations are now available in our video library on the NEADS website as captioned videos. Follow the links below for the agendas, list of speakers and to experience the learning from these highly successful Strategies to Employment events:

Victoria Strategies to Employment event page:

Captioned videos of workshops in Victoria:

Vancouver Strategies to Employment event page:

Captioned videos of workshops in Vancouver:

Vancouver Strategies to Employment signed Youtube video, by Jessica Dunkley, Project Assistant:

When funding for our project was announced by the Government of Canada in August, the lead Minister was quoted: “In today's environment, it is more important than ever that all Canadians have the skills needed to participate and succeed in the job market," said the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages and Minister Responsible for British Columbia.  "That is why, through Economic Action Plan 2012, our government is investing an additional $30 million over three years to help people with disabilities gain employment."

The overall vision of the project is to assist post-secondary students/graduates with disabilities in conducting effective job searches and to learn strategies to help them overcome the barriers they may face in finding employment upon graduation.  By participating in the forums, students and graduates with disabilities will be in a better position to obtain paid employment following graduation. All events are accessible, inclusive and cross-disability focused.  Speakers include campus career counsellors, human resources/recruitment experts from private sector companies, representatives from government employment programs, and persons with disabilities who have successfully transitioned from college or university education into a career. Youth with disabilities in post-secondary programs of study are the primary participants, but we also seek to involve disabled youth in high schools in each community. Each employment forum includes an exhibit area with displays from private sector companies, government programs, employment agencies and non-governmental organizations that have employment programs.

For more information, please contact the NEADS National Office:
National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS)
Rm. 426 Unicentre, Carleton University
Ottawa, Ontario, K1S 5B6
tel. (613) 380-8065, ext. 201 ,