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9th Annual Symposium on Inclusive Employment and Education

9th Annual Symposium on Inclusive Employment and  Education
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Date(s) - 30/11/2016
All Day

World Trade and Convention Centre


Taking a Fresh Perspective

 9th Annual Symposium on Inclusive Education and Employment

       Wednesday, November 30, 2016 (7:30 AM to 4:30 PM)



Join us for the Awards Breakfast with the Lieutenant Governor’s Persons with Disabilities Employer Partnership Awards and the David and Kathleen Mooney Altruism Award. Develop disability competent skills through professional workshops and panel discussions for employers, labour organizations, educators, government representatives and service providers. Network with over 300 participants. Visit the Entrepreneurs’ Market. Grow inclusive and accessible employment and educational opportunities for persons with disabilities to fully participate in Nova Scotia’s economic growth.

 (Register before October 15th for Early Bird Rate) 


In Celebration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities

World Trade and Convention Centre

Halifax, Nova Scotia   @AbilityHere


Our Guest Speakers: Randy Lewis, Gary Birch, Scott Jones

Recognized as a “visionary of disability employment advocacy” domestically and internationally, Randy Lewis is the Founder of the NOGWOG Disability Initiative to assist businesses and communities developing and launching disability hiring programs. As Walgreens Senior Vice President of Supply Chain & Logistics, he pioneered a model that resulted in a more inclusive and effective workforce for the company, improved the wellbeing of the surrounding community, and has had a positive impact for all those involved, with and without disabilities.


Gary Birch’s specific areas of expertise include: assistive technologies, accessibility of new emerging technologies and service delivery programs for persons with disabilities. Gary received a Doctorate in Electrical Engineering (Biomedical Signal Processing) in 1988. He was appointed Director of Research and Development at the Neil Squire Society in 1988, Executive Director in 1994, and an Officer in the Order of Canada in 2008. He was a member of the recent National Panel on Labour Market Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities and is on the Sub-committee on Access to Technology for the Council of Canadians with Disabilities.


Scott Jones began the anti-homophobia/transphobia campaign Don’t BE Afraid after suffering a hateful attack that left him paralyzed from the waist down. Determined to create positive change, the campaign has grown to have supporters from across the globe, and includes VOX – a Choir for Social Change. Scott works with Easter Seals Nova Scotia, dedicated to breaking down barriers for Nova Scotians living with disabilities, and the Rainbow Refugee Association of Nova Scotia, helping gay and lesbian refugees escape persecution and resettle in Halifax.


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