Annual Ability Starts Here Symposium

first_imgMore than 340 employers, educators, human resources professionals, government representatives, and community members are gathering in Halifax today, Dec. 1, and Wednesday, Dec. 2, for the 8th Annual Ability Starts Here Symposium on Inclusive Education and Employment. The annual event is organized by the Collaborative Partnership Network, the Nova Scotia Disabled Persons Commission and the Human Rights Commission in recognition of the United Nations International Day for Persons with Disabilities, Thursday, Dec 3. “This unique event provides groups with an important opportunity to learn, share and advance our understanding of equal access to employment and education for Nova Scotians with disabilities,” said Diana Whalen, Minister responsible for the Human Rights Commission. “Full participation in all aspects of society not only benefits people with disabilities in our workforce and higher education institutions, but also helps to create a strong, more diverse and sustainable economy.” The two-day event features workshops in employment, education and human rights. A special focus new this year will be issues concerning women with disabilities. Keynote speakers Danny Graham and Susan Scott-Parker will share insight and personal experiences that will help attendees increase their disability confidence to create a strong, diverse workplace that represents the communities they serve. “The time is right in Nova Scotia for people with disabilities to help create our new economy and help build more welcoming, inclusive and sustainable communities,” said Janice Ainsworth, chair of this year’s symposium planning committee and executive director of the Collaborative Partnership network. “This untapped human resource has the potential to support economic growth and reduce the strain on social assistance.” The Lieutenant Governor’s Persons with Disabilities Employer Partnership Awards were also presented at a gala luncheon today. The awards recognize employers throughout the province who demonstrate success in hiring employees with disabilities. To request photos and bios for award recipients please contact Corinne MacLellan at [email protected] or 902-209-3234. For more information on the symposium, speakers and workshops, please visit www.abilitystartshere.ca .last_img

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