Modernizing Inclusive Employment

A Distinctability Disruption Event

STOP PRESS ! – 5th April 2019

A great success…  ” immensely valuable… highly rewarding…changed my outlook completely… excited to work more with Distinctability…a brilliant 2 days…Makaton has a definite place for us … this will really help our College…” The delegates words not ours !!

We’d like to thank our brilliant Team and all our excellent Speakers for what has been a hugely successful 2 days. It’s rewarding for us knowing that we are filling a much needed gap and providing key information, services and solutions to those working so hard and so effectively in the disabilities sector.

Thanks to all our delegates from Canada and the USA too – for making it so enjoyable for us as well!

Thank You

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The 2 day Workshop series features international speakers from Canada, the UK, and the US.  Interactive and engaging sessions will illustrate high and low-tech solutions across Assistive Technology, inclusivity innovations and alternative communication solutions.

Each day will be packed full of cutting-edge technologies and resources to increase positive, inclusive employment results, improve accessibility, build capacity, and expand professional development toolkits.

All participants will receive a USB loaded with resources, guides and access to assistive technology solutions for immediate use and reference.

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When

Wednesday, April 3rd & Thursday, April 4th, 2019 / 9:00am – 5:00pm

Where

TechPlace – 5500 North Service Road, Suite 801 / Burlington, ON L7L 6W6

Who is It For & Delegate Numbers

Employment Service Providers: Managers, Job Coaches, Job Developers, Employment Counsellors; Disability Support Workers, Educators, Employers and HR Professionals*

*30 delegates, in addition to the residents & guests of TechPlace / HalTech + 3-5 Distinctability staff + presenters

*$225 1 Day : $400 2 Day : Inclusive of all working resources & toolkits, breakfasts, lunches and unlimited coffee!

 

Keynote speakers

We have Keynote speakers from the UK and Canada.

Dave Banes is the international authority on Assistive Technology just back from speaking at the ATIA World Forum in Florida, and the Leadership Team from Makaton, the communication sign and symbol language set to transform integration and support in Employment in Canada– you will literally start to learn the language in the Workshop!

Zanna Finnerty leads the team supporting and developing the international network of Makaton Tutors and organizational users.  She herself is a qualified Tutor and still actively supports businesses to communicate meaningfully with their colleagues and employees.

Stephen Hall is the CEO for The Makaton Charity. He has recently featured in an extensive interview on BBC National News discussing the rising awareness and adoption of the Makaton communication language.

Mudassar Khan – blind from birth – inherited an approach to work and to his disability that has astounded those who work with him but not those who know him!

Inspirational stories and illustrations delivered by the Distinctability team will feature throughout

Day 1 – Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019

Opening Story – A personal journey to Employment – with Mudassar Khan

Workshop 1 / Morning Session:

Low Cost Technology for Specific Needs

Workshop 2 / Afternoon Session:

Using Technology to Support People with Mental Health Needs – Dave Banes

Day 2 – Thursday, April 4th, 2019

Workshop 1 / Morning Session:

MAKATON – a Global Language System for Inclusive Communication arrives in Canada!

Workshop 2 / Afternoon Session:

Emerging Technologies and Increasing Access

 

You will also meet our fully-inclusive team, facilitators and media crew – at Distinctability we practice what we preach, and everything we do is driven by our aims of exposing talent and providing opportunities.

Tickets are available to attend the full 2-day series or join us for a day. We have kept numbers low at just 30 delegates to maximize involvement – so reserve your tickets today!

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Lunch, breakfast and afternoon refreshments are included.

 

Coming in from out of town?

We have arranged for corporate discount rates at nearby hotels. Please reach out for details!

Our speakers

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Dave Banes

An Internationally renowned speaker and consultant on Assistive Technology and Inclusivity solutions.

Having previously led Assistive Technology services in Europe and the Middle East, he now works across the globe advising advising public and private sector organisations on Assistive Technology, and hard and soft “infrastructure” from policy to practice.  He has developed his own widely adopted models for the ecosystem that supports successful implementation.

Recent projects include the development of a response to disruptive innovation in the access industry, identifying solutions to meeting the needs of refugees with a disability, and building a business case for public investment in Assistive Technology, whilst supporting entrepreneurs to bring products and services to market.

David supports those working in Assistive Technology through a series of publications and resources, all under open licence and free. These include the weekly Access and Inclusion through technology and  the recently launched Three Minute thoughts on AT and “Voices” a magazine format dedicated to the thoughts and opinions of disabled people and those that support them.

Just returned from  speaking at a Global Conference in Florida his talks and workshops are both thought provoking and engaging.

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Stephen Hall

CEO Makaton

Stephen is the CEO for The Makaton Charity. He has recently featured in an extensive interview on BBC National News discussing the rising awareness and adoption of the Makaton communication language.

Stephen has a track record as a Board Director of other leading charities in the Disabilities and Learning Disabilities space, with a background in education and learning disabilities, and it is clear that this has been a golden thread throughout his career.

He is passionate about both education and supporting people with special educational needs and learning disabilities, and is a powerful national and international advocate for Makaton having a powerful role in influencing people’s lives and opportunities.

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Zanna Finnerty

Director of Training and International 

Zanna leads the team supporting and developing the international network of Makaton Tutors and organizational users.  She herself is a qualified Tutor and still actively supports businesses to communicate meaningfully with their colleagues and employees.

Zanna previously worked for 18 years in the Health and Social Care sector supporting adults with learning disabilities in all aspects of their communication and care needs.

She now leads the network of tutors coaching organisations and new Trainers on how to use Makaton Signs and Symbols to communicate effectively with people who have additional support needs, and their circle of colleagues and support.
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Mudassar Khan

Business Adviser – The Royal Bank of Canada

Blind from birth, Mudassar Khan inherited an approach to work and to his disability that has astounded those who work with him but not those who know him!

He was the first out of five children to get a college diploma and after graduating immediately found part-time work, but wanted to work in the Human Resources field. Entry level positions in Human Resources are far and few in between and opportunities are not always readily available.

The story takes us through a succession of part time roles, a 7 day week work ethic, the establishment of an independent Marketing company, to his current role with RBC.

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