Ability Starts Here
9th Annual Symposium On Inclusive Education And Employment
In Celebration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Wednesday November 30, 2016 – 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM
World Trade and Convention Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia

“Thanks”, to the over 350 delegates who attended the 2015 Symposium! We will be adding updates to this our Symposium 2016 Website over the next few months so check in periodically for information on the results of your feedback, handout resources from the speakers of Symposium 2015, videos of the opening of Symposium 2015, Keynote Speakers – Susan Scott Parker and Danny Graham and the Awards Events, including the Lieutenant Governor’s Persons with Disabilities Employer Partnership Award, and our plans for Symposium 2016.

Our speakers for Symposium 2016, Ability Starts Here – Taking a Fresh Perspective, include Randy Lewis of Walgreens, and author of No Greatness without Goodness; Gary Birch, Member of the recent National Panel on Labour Market Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities and Member of the Sub-committee on Access to Technology for the Council of Canadians with Disabilities; and Scott Jones, creator of the anti-homophobia/transphobia campaign Don’t BE Afraid, that has grown to have supporters from across the globe, and includes VOX – a Choir for Social Change.

Soon you will be able to check under the Speakers drop-down for resources used in the 2015 presentations – particularly topic areas that relate to the business case for the employment of skilled and job ready persons with disabilities, tool kit information for the preparation, hiring and ongoing employment of persons with disabilities, work-site adjustments and accommodations, on site staff and management preparation, the investment in improving the bottom line, to name a few.

With Symposium 2016, employers will learn new and innovative strategies to engage job-seekers with disabilities and sustain meaningful employment, and how human rights education can foster healthier, more productive workplaces. Educators will learn about current and emerging best practices to support a truly inclusive environment for students with disabilities. This event will offer you and your organization ideas to enhance diversity, demonstrate support, share viewpoints and personal experiences, grow the bottom line and create a diverse and inclusive community.

Other highlights include the Awards Breakfast with the presentations of the Lieutenant Governor’s Persons with Disabilities Employer Partnership Award, created to acknowledge and honour employers from across the Province who have instituted and promoted best practices towards the employment, independence and service to persons with disabilities, and the David and Kathleen Mooney Altruism Award. There will be concurrent workshops, panel discussions, education and employer exhibits, the Entrepreneurs’ Market, and opportunities to participate in awareness-raising.

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Symposium 2015 Feedback

A. Overview:

  • 2015 – 8th Annual Symposium: 391 attended; (Including 51 for Entrepreneurs’ Market) (9.5% increase); Feedback: 48(13%);
  • 2014 – 7th Annual Symposium: 373 Attended; (Including 50 for Entrepreneurs’ Market); Feedback: 76 (20%);

B. Percentage Participant Affiliation

Percentage Participant Affiliation

C. What worked well for you?

  • great variety & content of sessions; exceptional keynotes/speakers, great takeaways/tips;
  • pace, not rushed; lengthy breaks and session lengths allowed Q & A periods and time for awesome networking and interaction with participants, and visit to Entrepreneurs’ Market and Showcase Exhibits; Overall appreciation: Over 95% ‘satisfied’/‘very satisfied’, 97% were well-accommodated and over 90% felt theme – Inclusion is Everyone’s Business – was addressed;