Alberta Human Services is offering a FREE webinar “Busting Myths About Disabilities in the Workplace” on December 17th from 2-3pm.  This is the second in a monthly series of free Training Webcasts for Employment of Persons with Disabilities, part of Alberta’s Employment First Strategy.

For too long, myths about employing people with disabilities may have contributed to their exclusion from workplaces. Employers may fear that people with disabilities have more workplace accidents, lack the skills to do the job, which may result in increased long term disability premiums and increased absenteeism. During this session, we will bust some of those myths.


Register now to reserve your free virtual spot:


Date: December 17, 2013, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: Online, at:
Cost: Free
Format: Moderated panel discussion and Q&A, to pose your questions to speakers via live chat.


Bev Matthiessen is the Executive Director of Alberta Committee of Citizens with Disabilities (ACCD). The ACCD actively promotes full participation in society and provides a voice for Albertans with disabilities. For over thirty years, it has been Alberta’s only cross-disability provincial advocacy group, managed by people with disabilities. Bev was instrumental in the creation of the Alberta Disabilities Forum (ADF) in 1998, a partnership of over forty disability organizations.

Dave Murphy is a partner at Tony Roma’s restaurant in Red Deer and more recently, at a second location in Sherwood Park. He’s been with the company for 27 years, and in 2008, was awarded the Ed Johnston Citizen of the Year for being a leader in employing individuals with developmental disabilities. He is a member of Alberta government’s Employer Advisory Council.

Gisela Kwok, Director, Director, Provincial Disability Supports Initiatives Branch, Disability Services Division, Alberta Human Services will bring introductions and wrap up the session.


The Alberta Employment First Strategy will focus on ensuring that Albertans with disabilities have access to and are supported in meaningful job opportunities that contribute to a rich and fulfilling life. With these webcasts, we hope to provide a forum for open dialogue to discuss issues around employment for individuals with disabilities. These sessions are intended to spark the collective imagination of individuals, families, agencies, and employers, on how we can all work collaboratively to create inclusive workplaces and communities.

Please share this invitation with your colleagues, interested agencies, friends, family and employers.  All webcasts are free of charge and we encourage every Albertan interested to join in.