Canadian Hearing Society hosting free symposium and employment fair for people who are Deaf and hard of hearing

TORONTO, Sept. 20, 2016 /CNW/ - On Thursday, September 22, 2016, the Canadian Hearing Society (CHS) is hosting Creating an accessible world: FREE symposium and employment fair as part of International Week of the Deaf (IWD).

The theme for IWD this year is "With sign language, I am equal" and coincides with the 65th anniversary of the World Federation of the Deaf and commemorates the 10-year anniversary of the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.


Creating an accessible world: Free symposium and employment fair will feature presentations from employees who are Deaf and are thriving in accessible workplaces and employers who have made accessibility a priority.

Keynote presenters:

- Emily LaFleur, Crew member, McDonald's Canada

- Shafiul Hoque, Partner-driver, Uber Canada

- Sheldon McCormick, General Manager, Uber Canada

- Hannah Reisman, President, H3 Network Media Alliance

There will be a special partnership announcement made at this event.


Centre for Social Innovation – Annex, 720 Bathurst Street, Toronto

First floor – The Garage


Thursday, September 22, 2016, 1:00 p.m. to 3 p.m.

12:45-1:15 pm       

Media Registration / Reception / Mix and Mingle

fair booths and table displays

1:15- 1:20 pm

Welcome – Gary Malkowski, Vice-President, Stakeholder and

Employer Relations, CHS (Canada's first Deaf parliamentarian)

1:20 – 2:15 pm

Keynote presentations

1:50pm (approx.)

Special Partnership Announcement

2:15-3:00 pm

Employment fair


This event is fully accessible. ASL-English interpreters and Communication Access Realtime Translation (live speech-to-text translation) available on site.

Photo opportunities throughout the event.
Interviews also available with presenters and ASL-English interpreters.

SOURCE The Canadian Hearing Society

For further information: Marie-Lauren Gregoire, Manager, Communications, CHS, Phone: 416-928-2500 ext. 272, Email:; Susie Heath, Senior Communications Associate, Uber Canada,

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