National ACCESS Conference

“Strong! Together! United!”

OBJECTIVES:

  • Empower, mobilize, educate and provide tools to advocate for disability rights in our community, our workplace and our union.
  • Raise awareness of different abilities, including non-visible and visible.
  • Better understand and defend our rights in order to lobby and to hold our governments accountable.
  • Provide tools and strategies that challenge employers to offer opportunities for persons with disabilities in the workplace, e.g. training, hiring, etc.

WORKSHOPS:

  1. Strength in awareness of different abilities
    This workshop will raise awareness of our different abilities and how to take care of those abilities. It will also examine stigma and foster a better understanding of different abilities including mental health, both visible and non-visible.
  2. Taking political action on disability rights
    The federal government has indicated that it will be considering the implementation of a National Disabilities Act. This workshop will examine the pros and cons of such an Act and empower and provide tools to lobby on disability rights.
  3. Where are we?
    Persons with disabilities have higher levels of poverty, under-employment and unemployment than persons without disabilities.  This workshop will examine the representation and career opportunities for persons with disabilities (e.g. hiring, training, and retaining in the workplace). It will also examine the issue of self-identifying and provide tools and strategies (e.g. employment equity) that will increase the representation of persons with disabilities in the workplace.
  4. Road to mental health
    For many workplaces, mental health is a critical issue. This workshop will examine how the workplace impacts our mental health. It will also provide tools and strategies to deal with workplace hazards for persons with disabilities, co-workers, and employers.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE
September 16, 2016 4:00 p.m. EST

APPLICATIONS RECEIVED AFTER THE DEADLINE WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED

RESOLUTIONS SUBMISSION DEADLINE:
Friday, September 30, 2016, 4:00 p.m. EST

CONFERENCE DATES:
March 24 to 28, 2017

CONFERENCE LOCATION:
Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, 123 Queen Street West Toronto, Ontario

Questions?

Please contact us at 613-560-5457 or by email at conferences@psac-afpc.com

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