CASE Newsletter 2016 
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CASE Newsletter

Staying connected and up to date with our national membership is important to us.  In this Newsletter edition CASE Board Members share the latest news on national initiatives and important new connections.  Member organizations share their latest local news, controversial blogs, and inclusive employment success stories.  Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter to share your thoughts!

Return On Inclusion is the theme for the 2017 CASE conference held at Niagara Falls in Ontario. Registration for early bird rates will be available shortly. Check the website for conference updates.
2016 A Year in Review

CASE Works for employment equality for people with disabilities year round for its members and job seekers. Below is some of the events that have taken place in 2016;

January- CASE president continues to discuss the World Supported Employment Conference with European Union of Supported Employment and the Northern Ireland Union of Supported Employment being held in June 2017 in Belfast Ireland

January 21- Letter written from strategic partnerships of CASE, CCDI, Canadian Business Sensability and Bob Santos was sent to the Minister of Sports and PWD, Minister of Families Children and Social Development and the Minister of Employment Workforce Development and Labour to ask for National support for DEAM.

January 26 CASE Board member Annette Borrows presents MentorAbility at the Cannexus conference

January 27-29- Case board members attend face-to-face meetings in Ottawa to build strategic initiatives for CASE. During this time the CASE President also met with the local host committee regarding the 2016 conference in Niagara Falls in June.

April and year-round - CASE president sits on National advisory committee for Hire For Talent. A three year project to create a web based platform for employer engagement in hiring PWD. Three CASE board members were selected to represent their province for Hire For Talent. (BC, Alberta, Newfoundland and Labrador)

May 20- CASE board members meet in person with Minister of Persons with Disabilities, Carla Qualtrough to share what CASE is and encourage her support for claiming DEAM

June 14-16 21st CASE Conference in Edmonton had 225 delegates attend with a focus on Collective Impact for employment equality for PWD. Announcement of first World Supported Employment Conference in Belfast, Ireland hosted by EUSE in partnership with Canada, USA, Australia.

June 20-23- Case president attends APSE conference in Cincinnati, meets with APSE presidents to forge a strategic alliance. While in Cincinnati she also met with Yuichiro Haruna, Ph.D. with the National Institute of Vocational Rehabilitation of Japan. There were discussions around the differences in Supported Employment between the two countries.

October- Celebration of DEAM and Supported Employment Month. Many events take place across Canada such as: Mentorability, inclusive employer celebrations, cash mobs, media releases to name a few. Several provinces proclaim October as DEAM. (Manitoba, Saskatchewan, City of Calgary and Ontario)

October 3- CASE president attends National roundtable discussion to advise on the National accessibility legislation.

October 10- Letter from January resent to the 3 Ministers to encourage DEAM

October 11- The Government of Canada highlights National Disability Employment Awareness Month. All three Ministers include a quote in support of DEAM.

CASE President had an editorial published in the fall edition of the Business Health Magazine entitled, "A Strong Workforce is Inclusive of All Abilities", as well as an article from CASE board member, Garth Johnson entitled, "Companies Making a Difference: Inclusion, Innovation, Opportunity…..Success"

November- CASE president discusses strategic partnership with Rick Cain, CEO of Disability Employment Australia

December 8-9 - Board member Garth Johnson from Alberta attends the Harkin Summit in Washington DC. A summit that is focused on discussing strategies to increase employment for persons with disabilities.

December 26- CASE President was contacted by Diouene Mehdi president of Morocco H.E.D (Handi Equality and Development) Association to forge a relationship.


1st World Conference on Supported Employment -"Employment for All- A Global Perspective"  registration is now open. Register by February 28, 2017 for early bird rates.
EA Games Hosts Mentorability Event

Over the past two years, EA Games, one of the world’s largest games developer, has been participating in Mentorability. Mentorability is a national supported employment initiative that provides an opportunity for education and awareness to be shared between employers and people with disabilities in communities large and small throughout all Canadian provinces and territories. On January 24, 2017, EA Games brought together over thirty Talent and Acquisition team members from across North America to participate in the Mentorability event. 

The event started with an education and awareness interactive session that had the staff “trying on the disability” such as being blindfolded, wearing ear plugs, hearing voices and trying to manoeuver in a wheelchair.

Garth Johnson, CEO of Meticulon, Calgary, a business owner of an IT consulting firm shared his experience in utilizing the unique skills and abilities of people with autism to outperform others in specialized fields such as quality assurance and software testing, and Conrad Tyrkin, shared what employment means to him. From there, the thirty EA staff members did some speed networking with thirty job seekers with disabilities and then paired up one-on-one for resumes reviews, practice interviewing and the staff shared about the positions available at EA Games.  The day ended with a tour of the site and of course some cool EA Games swag.

This is what some of the attendees had to say:
It was so great to see all our jobseekers go with the flow of having several interactions with a variety of people.
For me I think the highlight was seeing a new level of understanding from the EA staff after they “tried on a disability.”  I feel like that is going to have a company-wide effect.
I feel EA Games was exceptionally hospitable and genuine.
I supported a job seeker with a visual disability who was just thrilled to be able to talk to your developers. He gained input on the various roles of your staff, possible job leads and how to make his resume stand out especially concerning the technical aspects and in including what he has designed so far. The tour was also very informative and of course the 'goodie bag' was a hit!
The job seeker had a chance to chat with EA Staff about the games he is currently playing, some of the videos he has made, and what programs he uses to design with.
Additionally, the job seeker was given tips on improve his resume, such as being more specific about his gaming, developing, and designing experience.
Thank you to EA Games and all who participated. To learn more about Mentorability, check out:
 Annette Borrows, CASE Vice-president, BC
CASE Board Member Bio: Scott Boone

Scott is a born and raised Yukoner and has been working with and supporting people with disabilities since 1998. Scott has worked in both Whitehorse Yukon and Nova Scotia providing day program supports, residential supports, employment supports and athletics to youth and adults with a variety of development, cognitive and physical barriers. Scott currently manages Workforce Information Networking Hub in Whitehorse, an agency that provides employment case management and support to Yukoners with barriers to full capacity employment.
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