NEADS Membership Report 2010-2012

Strategies To Employment BC

NEADS receives funding from Government of Canada to hold employment forums in British Columbia

(Ottawa, August 28, 2012) - The National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS) is pleased to announce that we have entered into a contribution agreement with the Government of Canada in British Columbia to hold three one-day “Strategies to Employment” Forums in Victoria, Vancouver and Kelowna during the coming academic year. 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.

The employment forums will be held in Victoria on October 13th at the Victoria Marriott Inner Harbour, in Vancouver on November 9th at the Hilton Vancouver Metrotown and in Kelowna in March, 2013 – location and date to be confirmed.

“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 postsecondary 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 will be accessible, inclusive and cross-disability focused. Speakers will include campus career counsellors, human resources/hiring managers 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.

More details about these events will be posted on