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Workshop: Accelerating Accessibility

DATE: Tuesday, May 17, 2022
TIME: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM AST
LOCATION: Online
COST: FREE

Workshop: Accelerating Accessibility

DATE: Wednesday, May 25, 2022
TIME: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM AST
LOCATION: Online
COST: FREE

About this WORKSHOP

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The workforce underrepresentation of people with disabilities is well documented. At the same time, labour and skills shortages continue to be a challenge for employers in Nova Scotia, particularly as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic.

For employers, adopting a mindset that forefronts equity, inclusion, and belonging in recruitment, retention, engagement, communication, training, and everyday workplace practices is key to building a bridge between a skilled and valuable labour pool and proven gaps in the labour market. This means moving beyond the built environment to include different ways of recruiting, communicating with, training, and engaging employees.

By the end of the 2-hour session, participants will be able to:

  1. Define disability, and accessibility, and identify how these concepts apply in their workplace.
  2. Identify barriers to accessibility through real-life case studies and scenarios.
  3. State the purpose of Nova Scotia’s Accessibility Act and describe its impact on workplaces.
  4. Explore promising practices for creating an accessible and inclusive workplace and culture:
    • Accessible communications
    • Accessible recruitment and hiring
    • Accommodations at work
    • Retaining and developing employees with disabilities

 

Participants will receive a toolkit of resources to accelerate accessibility in their workplace!

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Meet the Facilitator

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Corrie Melanson (she/they)

Corrie Melanson is a queer advocate and facilitator, able-bodied, white, settler, and a mom of three racialized kids. She is a learning experience designer based in Kjipuktuk (Halifax), NS. Corrie is passionate about creating learning experiences that are safe, inclusive, and connect personal, organizational, and systemic change.

Her decades of experience include systems change work in non-profits, private enterprises, government, and First Nations.

In her community, Corrie co-founded Rainbow Refugee Association of Nova Scotia (RRANS), a non-profit working to support, resettle, and advocate for LGBTQI+ refugees.

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Amy Grant (she/they)

Amy is the Lead Storyteller at Pink Lnu and host of the Pink Lnu Podcast, where she inspires reconciliation through the power of storytelling. She is a neurodivergent entrepreneur with chronic pain, and accessibility is an integral part of her life. As an educator, conversation starter, and advocate, her work is centred around traditional Mi’kmaw teachings, with the goal of decolonizing knowledge to create more equitable and inclusive spaces. M’sit No’kmaq (All My Relations).

REGISTRATION FORM (May 17th)

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REGISTRATION FORM (May 25th)

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