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Friday March 23rd, 2012

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The Windsor-Essex Employment Group is now accepting applications from employers for the Face to Face job shadowing program, which takes place during National Access Awareness Week May 27th to June 2nd.  This is a week dedicated to heightening the public’s awareness of disabilities, and where interested employers will provide an opportunity for a person with a disability to gain experience, confidence and connections in the workplace, while utilizing their talents.

Ontarians with disabilities remain significantly underemployed, with 55% of this population without a job. The Face to Face job shadowing program will provide a day and a half job shadowing experience for people with disabilities and encourages employers to focus on the abilities the job seekers.

“It is important for everyone, not just those with a disability, to be open-minded, to have the opportunity and to explore those opportunities available to them,” says Kevin McShan, who job shadowed at CBC last year.

McShan is currently working as a general assignment reporter for CFTV34 in Leamington, and as the new host of “No Limits” a show dedicated to the interests and needs of our special needs community which is set to premiere in the next few weeks.

The job shadowing days will be May 30th, all day, and May 31st, in the morning only. This will be followed by a luncheon and networking event for those directly involved in the Face to Face program.

The program is coordinated by the Windsor Essex Employment Group and supported by the Ministry of Community and Social Services who has provided the resources to make the program possible.

Those interested in participating or sponsoring the Face to Face program are encouraged to contact Rebecca at [email protected] or 519-974-4221 Ext 242.  More information is available on their website.

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