|British Columbia Association of Professionals with Disabilities|
Resources are being directed to building a supportive and sustainable infrastructure and networks and creating a comprehensive vision and operational and strategic framework for the society's development.
In the meantime, we are a conduit for employers who are looking to hire professionals with disabilities through tapping into our network of professionals with disabilities and guiding employers in the hiring process involving applicants with disabilities.
We are also searching out professionals with disabilities [including those who may have lost touch (or never were in touch) with disability, professional, and other relevant groups] as well as building up our knowledge base concerning professionals with disabilities and their issues in order to build an inclusive, supportive, collaborative, socially responsible, strong and vibrant network and organisation.
Our work so far has also involved: surveying and meeting key stakeholders; supporting self-advocacy, peer support, and knowledge sharing; and the development of an organizational culture and structure that supports diverse grass roots solutions, along with local, regional, national and global collaboration and knowledge sharing leading to effective results that professionals with disabilities will have reason to value.
Our non-profit is very delighted and appreciative of the support and warm reception that we are receiving from our growing number of diverse supporters. If you are interested in supporting us and want to find how you can, please contact us.
We are associated with the Canadian Association of Professionals with Disabilities. It has an an online discussion group that brings together professionals with disabilities and their supporters who are interested in actively engaging in the growth and development of an inclusive cross-Canada network that supports all professionals with disabilities.
Community consultations and other activities help us to build our infrastructure and provide us with a growing ability to support professionals with disabilities and facilitate collaboration with relevant stakeholders.
If you would like to obtain more information on how to become involved in our consultations or with our non-profit, please contact us.
Furthermore, if you would like to share your thoughts on what you think are the key issues affecting professionals with disabilities and would like an alternative to meeting, you can e-mail, phone, or mail us. You can also provide us with suggestions. Both will add to our other consultation activities and aid in delivering a mandate to support professionals with disabilities in a manner that they value now and in the future.
We would like people from across British Columbia to take on the role of building our presence throughout the province. If you are interested in building a network/organized presence of professionals with disabilities for your region, please go to this e-mail link - Yes, I am interested in becoming actively involved in building a network/organized presence of professionals with disabilities for my region. Furthermore, if you are interested in building the network/organized presence of professionals with disabilities across British Columbia, go to this e-mail link - Yes, I want to become actively involved in building a network/organized presence of professionals with disabilities across B.C. In each case, please state that you are interested in supporting this initiative(s) and why you are interested in seeing such a presence in your region and/or across British Columbia. Please provide us your contact and where you live information so that we can contact you.
We are also collecting names of professionals with disabilities who would like to attend a community consultation a bit closer to home similar to the one below that was held in Victoria. Please note the format of the consultations may change depending on the profile, needs, and requisite deliverables of the community. If you are a professional with a disability and would be interested in attending such an event, please let us know so we can plan where we have these consultations. Go to this email link - yes I want to attend a B.C. community consultation - and provide us your contact and where you live information so that we can contact you in the future.
For your information, we already have had a few regional meetings. Please contact us learn where and when more will be held.
This was our first regional consultation, and it was held on January 30, 2006.
At the Victoria event, professionals with disabilities (employment status does not matter) were invited to discuss issues affecting their workforce participation and to connect with fellow professionals with disabilities interested in working together to attain results they have reason to value.
A newspaper, The Martlet, wrote an article about the Victoria event. Download the article, Local Organization Supports Professionals with Disabilities (pdf file) or visit The Martlet's archives for the article.
Also check out the the Toronto Star article about the Canadian Association of Professionals with Disabilities and its BC roots: TheStar.com - Disabilities - Why the gap between ability, job quality?
We informed AccessWorks that a definite need exists for junior professional related career stream positions for people with disabilities (in addition to higher level positions), as many of our constituents need such opportunities to enter, re-enter, or better establish themselves in their career fields. BCAPD received and presented applications from jobseekers with disabilities to AccessWorks and supported applicants attempts to obtain an interview, job offer, and support on the job via our unique role as the AccessWorks consortium member representing professionals with disabilities. This method allowed BCAPD & AccessWorks to track applicants with disabilities and better support them.
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