Employment First

Jan. 21 webcast: What do you want to be when you grow up?

Please tune in live at http://www.livestream.com/asquaredtv on January 21 for a free, hour-long webcast titled: What do you want to be when you grow up? And how can we help?

This is the third in a monthly series of Training Webcasts for Employment of Persons with Disabilities, part of Alberta’s Employment First Strategy.


Date: Jan. 21, 2014, from 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Live link: Tune in live, at: http://www.livestream.com/asquaredtv
Cost: Free! Please share this invitation with your friends and colleagues.
Format: Moderated panel discussion and Q&A segment for you to ask questions.

We’ve all been asked this question since our childhood: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Whether we knew it or not, small cues like that have put us on a career pathway from infancy. But for children with disabilities – who are often segregated or removed from environments where children naturally explore their career aspirations – we need more deliberate planning so they can be what they want to be. This session explores the Life Cycle approach, which outlines why it’s important to articulate a vision for a child’s career early on, and how to put that vision into action.


Bruce Uditsky is CEO, Alberta Association for Community Living (AACL) and Adjunct Professor, Community Rehabilitation & Disability Studies, Community Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary.

Michelle Champagne-Berry is a Program and Policy Advisor, Family Support for Children with Disabilities Branch, Alberta Human Services. She is an advocate of the Life Course approach and will explain why it is beneficial for families and community workers.

Kelly Baldock is mother of a visually-impaired daughter who is entering the world of post-secondary education. She is also the President of Alberta Society for the Visually Impaired, and sits on a consumer advocacy group for CNIB. She regularly meets with government officials to advise and develop position papers on accessibility for those with visual impairment.

Gisela Kwok, 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.

You can watch full videos of previous webcasts on the Alberta Employment First Strategy webpage.