Many young people are being left out of typical “rites of passage”, like getting their driver’s license, dating and summer jobs. They are routinely excluded from educational, economic, social and cultural opportunities, making youth with disabilities amongst the most poor and marginalized people in the world. Many supported employment agencies are recognizing that if youth with disabilities have fair paid summer employment before exiting high school, the success rate of sustainable employment after high school is 80% more likely. In this workshop, tools and strategies, successes and challenges of two successful British Columbia youth employment programs will be shared.

Annette Borrows

Canadian Association for Supported Employment (CASE)

Annette Borrows has been serving people with disabilities towards employment for the past 20 years. Her experience ranges from working with people that have persistent mental health issues, those with mobility issues and more recently has focused on supporting people with developmental disabilities. All of her efforts are focused towards employment equity for people with disabilities.
Annette has a degree in Adult Education and an Employment Specialist post graduate certificate. She has also written and facilitates over 250 hours of workshops and courses focused on employment equity strategies for serving people with diversities. Annette has spearheaded and written content for Canada's National Supported Employment Best Practices found at Annette currently serves on nine boards and committees nationally, provincially and locally. Annette is the president of CASE (Canadian Association for Supported Employment). Annette works in British Columbia, Canada, as an Employment Strategy Manager for Langley Association for Community Living, Delta Community Living Society and Community Futures of the South Fraser.

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