October 17, 2019
Nunavummi Disabilities Makinnasuaqtiit Society [NDMS] supports the full inclusion of Nunavummiut with disabilities to improve their overall quality of life. Established almost 15 years ago, our organization looks to foster community inclusion and promote self-determination and independence. A study we did three years ago identified issues for those living with disabilities over the life span as including delayed interventions, lack of community inclusion, and barriers to education and labor market attachment.
Our focus now is on integrating persons with disabilities into the labor market through a series of pre-employment programs and skills-based workshops that support sustainable employment or return to school options.
In the past year, here are some of the actions we’ve completed specifically related to employment and people with disabilities:
Looking ahead just at our employment-related activities, our organization will:
As I step into the role of Acting Executive Director of the organization, I am excited to bring people with disabilities to success at the workplace across all the territory. When meeting employers for employment engagement or job coaching, I encourage them to look at the strength and potential of each person rather than their disabilities. Playing a leadership role in inclusive hiring has given me a unique perspective, and I look forward to expanding the role and function of NDMS in the community.
Acting Executive Director