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What We Are Doing Now

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 with 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.

We believe in a regional voice for professionals with disabilities. Our goal is to help facilitate, support and endorse such regional presences that share our principles and values and believe in mutual support and collaboration by making effective use of skills, knowledge, and resources.

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.

Connect with Us

The Canadian Association of Professionals with Disabilities 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 our inclusive cross-Canada network that supports all professionals with disabilities.

Click here for information to subscribe to the Canadian Association of Professionals with Disabilities online discussion group

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 with our non-profit, please contact us.

Furthermore, if you would like to share your thoughts on what you think are the 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 Canada to take on the role of building our presence throughout the nation. We have a mandate of community and regional networks across Canada supporting one another in their growth and development. If you are interested in building the network/organized presence of professionals with disabilities across Canada, go to this e-mail link - Yes, I want to become actively involved in building a network/organized presence of professionals with disabilities across Canada. Please state that you are interested in supporting this initiative and why.

 

Growing Our Presence Throughout Canada National Task/Action Groups

The Canadian Association of Professionals with Disabilities is seeking people interested in contributing their energies and abilities towards furthering CAPD's goals as members of our national task or action group(s). We are hopeful that groups will be composed of persons from across Canada joined to accomplish tasks and collective actions. The composition of such groups should also reflect the diversity of skills needed to accomplish our raison d'être.

Presently we are seeking people interested in being part of a national "growing our presence throughout Canada" group.

The group(s) will be involved in:

  • Identifying/furthering plans, strategies, and activities that would build networks of community support locally, regionally and nationally.
  • Initiating, monitoring, and documenting efforts to accomplish the above.
  • Uncovering and arranging resources to sustain the growth and development of the above.

Please indicate your interest via email to Yes, I want to become actively involved in building CAPD's presence throughout Canada.

Also please include the following in your email: name, phone number, availability, and why / how you would like to contribute.

Regional Happenings

Creation of the British Columbia Association of Professionals with Disabilities

The Canadian Association of Professionals with Disabilities believes that actions at the grassroots, local, regional, national and international levels would be most effective with the coordination and sharing of skills, knowledge and resources. These discussions led to the incorporation of the British Columbia Association of Professionals with Disabilities and our support of an international body that maintains a collaborative and knowledge sharing approach in furthering the interests of professionals with disabilities from around the world.

Since the Canadian Association of Professionals with Disabilities' headquarters is located in British Columbia, it was natural for us to help facilitate, support, and endorse Canada's first regional presence in the creation of the British Columbia Association of Professionals with Disabilities soon after we were formed.

The British Columbia Association of Professionals with Disabilities is not a chapter of the Canadian Association of Professionals with Disabilities, but is a separate, autonomous, affiliate society. The relationship it has with the Canadian Association of Professionals with Disabilities is one of mutual support and collaboration, shared principles and values, and actively promoting social responsibility within and outside the organisations.

To learn more about the British Columbia Association of Professionals with Disabilities (BCAPD), please visit its website at www.bcprofessionals.org.

If you would like to have more information on how you can get involved in the BC activities, please email the BC association at info@bcprofessionals.org. They are also encouraging professionals with disabilities who are interested in building a provincial presence to contact them.

For your information,there have already been a few regional meetings. Please contact BCAPD to learn where and when more will be held.

Victoria Community Consultation for Professionals with Disabilities - the First Community Consultation

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 us: TheStar.com - Disabilities - Why the gap between ability, job quality?

 

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