Supporting Job Seekers and Employees with Learning and Intellectual Disabilities / CODE Workshop
Thursday, November 25, 2021 | 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Hosted on Zoom
Members: $25 +GST
Future Members: $50 +GST
This workshop offers critical guidance to employers on accommodations and inclusion, particularly for employees and job seekers with learning and/or intellectual disabilities. The event will also connect employers with local non-profit organizations that serve people with disabilities who can provide employers with evidence-based guidance and best practices on hiring and retaining people with disabilities.
- Claudia Gass, Ready, Willing and Able, Inclusion Winnipeg
- Karen Velthuys, Learning Disabilities Association of Manitoba
- Colin Glass, SCE Lifeworks
- Robert Dahl, MB Hydro
ABOUT OUR PANELISTS:
Claudia Gass, Labour Market Facilitator, Ready, Willing and Able – Inclusion Winnipeg
Claudia Gass is the lead of the Ready, Willing and Able (RWA) project in Winnipeg, with Inclusion Winnipeg. RWA is the most successful national employment initiative for individuals with an Intellectual Disability or on the Autism Spectrum ever delivered in Canada. Passionate about respect, equity, inclusion, and diversity, Claudia is a Human Resources Professional that works with employers to develop inclusive hiring practices and capitalize on the skills and qualifications of a diverse pool of job seekers. She is a strong advocate that everyone must be included in all aspects of our community, and we should all rise together.
Colin Glass, Manitoba Hydro
After completing his High School courses Colin attended Project SEARCH at Manitoba Hydro and the Government of Manitoba. Upon completion he was hired into a term position at Manitoba Hydro for a year. After that he was hired into a term position in Utility Services still with Manitoba Hydro. He has been successful in that role to date, becoming a permanent employee in August 2021.
Karen Velthuys, Executive Director, Learning Disabilities Association of Manitoba
Karen Velthuys, the Executive Director of LDAM is a passionate community member who has worked in the nonprofit industry for over 20 years. She believes that everyone can succeed when they have the right supports and tools in place. Karen had the privilege of representing her community as a School Trustee in the Pembina Trails School Division for 12 years. In her current role at the Learning Disabilities Association of Manitoba she is working tirelessly to ensure that everyone has the right to learn and the power to achieve.