The new year has just begun, and there is already so much to look forward to! Check out some of the events coming up in January and February for youth and adults with disabilities.

Self advocates, employers, and individuals from the Canucks Autism Network participating in a Zoom call

Canucks Autism Network Virtual Job Fair

Throughout February, the Canucks Autism Network is hosting a virtual job fair for autistic youth and adults. The interactive fair will include workshops and presentations on Zoom about all parts of the job seeking journey.

Week One will welcome participants and give everyone time to look through the event schedule. There will also be a Zoom app tutorial—so don’t worry if you’ve never used Zoom before!

Week Two is the community showcase and workshops. Participants will have the change to explore service provides and specialized programs. There will also be a series of workshops to help job seekers perfect their resume and cover letters and build their networking and interview skills.

Week Three is dedicated to employer presentations. Employers will introduce their companies, outline job opportunities in the Lower Mainland, and answer questions during the live Q&A.

The final week of the job fair will present additional resources for job seekers. This includes mental health and stress management workshops, as well as job search resources and follow up.

The Virtual Job Fair is a community project hosted by Canucks Autism Network (CAN) as part of the Employment Recovery Project funded by the Government of Canada’s Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities.

February 2021 (All month)

Cost: Free

Register here

Registrants will be emailed in late-January with a full list and schedule of workshop topics and participating employers and service agencies.

Inclusion BC Youth Employment Summit

Inclusion BC’s three-day Youth Employment Summit is open to all youth with disabilities. The summit will feature employees, employers, and experts with stories and advice to help youth discover paths to employment.

Opening the summit will be panel of youth involved in the IMPACT Youth Employment Research Project, a collaborative research project posAbilities has been excited to participate in. The opening day will also kick off with a hip-hop performance by local artist Missy D.

The first two days of the summit will feature employer sessions with various employers including The Brick, BC Transit and more. There will also be sessions focused on post-secondary education and meeting employment goals by going to university.

The third day of the summit is dedicated to the virtual job fair, with 25 employers from various sectors across BC, and mentorships with MentorAbility.

The summit is co-hosted by Inclusion BC and the Self Advocates of Semiahmoo, in partnership with UNITI. It is made possible by an Accessibility Project Grant from Disability Alliance BC.

February 18-20, 2021

Cost: Free

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BCPF Conference 2021: Rights and Wellness

The theme of this year’s BC People First Conference is Rights & Wellness—because the two are connected! The 2021 conference on February 25th & 26th will feature online Zoom workshops by self-advocates, for self-advocates.

You can expect presentations on topics like how to run a self-advocate group and how to use technology. Other talks like “Free to Be Me: Know, Love & Trust Yourself” will focus on personal wellness. All the presentations are taught by self-advocates with expert experience who are ready to share their skills.

The conference is for BCPF Members, friends, and supporters; people with intellectual disabilities in British Columbia; people who identify as self-advocates; and people who love learning. Tickets are free for all self-advocates and people with disabilities in British Columbia.

February 25 & 26, 2021

Cost: Free

Register here