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Press Release: Launch of campaign to boost employment for people with developmental disabilities

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Inclusion BC is launching an exciting new campaign today at the Coast Coal Harbour Hotel to help the 500 youth with developmental disabilities who are transitioning from high school into the job market.

 

VANCOUVER, B.C.,  March 26, 2013 -  Inclusion BC is launching an exciting new campaign today at the Coast Coal Harbour Hotel to help the 500 youth with developmental disabilities who are transitioning from high school into the job market.

“Ready, Willing and Able” will reach out to employers and work with service providers, government and schools to promote the employment of people with developmental disabilities in B.C.

"I am proud to stand with our members, supporters and community partners today as we launch this remarkable campaign," says Inclusion BC President Annette Delaplace. "We know that people with developmental disabilities are ready, willing and able to work. But too often their skills are not recognized by employers. It's time to forge ahead together and change our workplaces in a profound way."

The Ready, Willing & ABLE campaign has an ambitious and achievable goal. “We want British Columbia to have the highest rate of employment in North America for people with a developmental disability,” says Inclusion BC Executive Director Bodnar. “To achieve this, our plan is built around strategic partnerships, best practices, community leadership and hard work.”

The campaign will have a celebratory start on Tuesday, March 26, 8:30 AM-9:30 AM at the Coast Coal Harbour Hotel, 1180 West Hastings. The program will include The Honourable Dr. Moira Stilwell, Minister of Social Development: the Campaign Co-Chairs Faith Bodnar and Annette Borrows; internationally-regarded employment specialist, Susan Scott-Parker; and four representatives of the Ready, Willing & ABLE campaign who will speak to why this campaign is so important to them.

Over 42,000 people in B.C. have a developmental disability. This coming year, 500 will be transitioning from high school into the job market. For these young people and their families, the changes and challenges will be many.

We’d like to help.

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Visit www.inclusionbc.org/ready-willing-and-able for more information.