World Down Syndrome Day "Right To Work" Conference, 21 March 2013 - Panel information, speaker biographies and presentations

 

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Conference Date(s): 
Thursday, March 21, 2013

Presentations

10.00am-10.40am: Official Opening and Launch of World Down Syndrome Day “Right to Work” Conference

With the adoption of United Nations General Assembly Resolution 66/149, the international community agreed to formally recognize World Down Syndrome Day every 21 March, to continue to raise public awareness of Down syndrome. The resolution also calls upon the international community to continue to advocate for the rights of those with Down syndrome, including the right to work and employment, in accordance with Article 27 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The speakers on this opening panel will touch on the multiple ways that United Nations Member States and agencies across the UN system are addressing disabilities and particularly the employment of persons with disabilities.

Speaker 1
Welcome & Introductions
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Speaker 2
Message from the UN Secretary General
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Speaker 3
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Speaker 4
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Speaker 5
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Speaker 6
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Speaker 7
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Speaker 8
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10.40am-11.50am: Importance of education, health and wellbeing in preparing persons with Down syndrome for employment and an independent adult life

This panel will address some of the barriers that might prevent a person with Down syndrome from gaining and retaining meaningful and enjoyable employment. Panelists will explore strategies to overcome these barriers; discuss the empowering potential of inclusive education; and the critical importance of maintaining good physical and mental health.

Speaker 1
Spotlight on the UN
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Speaker 2
Make the best of who you are
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Speaker 3
The experience of UAE Down Syndrome Association in the empowerment of people with Down syndrome at the work place: Employ to empower
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Speaker 4
On Capitol Hill: Keeping up with a Congresswoman
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Speaker 5
Growing older and the challenges ageing brings for people with Down syndrome
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Speaker 6
Applying lessons from education to improve employment prospects
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12.00pm-1.00pm: Preparing persons with Down syndrome and their future employers for work

This panel showcases examples of best practices in recruiting and training persons with disabilities, and particularly persons with Down syndrome. Companies and organizations will highlight specific and successful programs that have been implemented by or for employers, and explain how they were able to educate their staff so that the recruitment of persons with disabilities became an integrated part of the company culture. Self-advocates will share their personal workplace experiences.

Speaker 1
Spotlight on the UN
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Speaker 2
My working life
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Speaker 3
Connecting employers and employees with Down’s syndrome
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Speaker 4
Work and accessibility
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Speaker 5
No greatness without goodness
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Speaker 6
A job for now and the future
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3.00pm-3.45pm: Employment of persons with Down syndrome in practice – employees and employers perspectives

Around the world, persons with Down syndrome have been proving to themselves and to the world that they have the ability to be valuable employees. In this panel, both employees and employers will share personal reflections on their employment challenges and successes, and suggest strategies for how others might overcome their own barriers to employment.

Speaker 1
Spotlight on the UN
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Speaker 2
Navigating the employment wilderness
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Speaker 3
Bridging Gaps, Touching Lives
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Speaker 4
Employing people with Down syndrome – Ideas from the largest employer of people with disabilities in Colorado
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3.45pm-4.30pm: Roundtable Discussion

This roundtable will provide a 360 degree view – employee, supervisor, and corporate - of a successful employment situation. Each person will be able to share why this works and how they address specific challenges when they arise. Wegmans Food Market has been on Fortune Magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list for 16 straight years and is currently #5. Wegmans has also been chosen as National Down Syndrome Congress’ Employer of the Year.

Moderator
Down Syndrome International
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Speaker 1
United States, NDSC, Wegmans Food Market Customer Service Team, Cherry Hill, NJ,
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Speaker 2
Divisional Human Resources Manager, Wegmans Food Market
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Speaker 3
Wegmans Food Market, Store Manager, Wegmans Cherry Hill, NJ
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4.45pm-5.45pm: What does it mean to live, work and be included in the community?

Article 27 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities provides that persons with disabilities, including Down syndrome, are entitled to the basic human right to work and employment. To close the World Down Syndrome Day Conference for 2013, this panel will highlight the importance of this basic human right, not just for a person’s financial independence, but also for their self-esteem and to create a sense of purpose and community.

Speaker 1
Spotlight on the UN
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Speaker 2
Having a good and ordinary life working, flatting and living in the community
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Speaker 3
Citizenship and living in the community
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Speaker 4
I want to be a taxpayer
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Speaker 5
Making inclusion a reality: Five steps to success
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5.45pm-6.00pm: Conference close

Speaker 1
Spotlight on the UN
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Speaker 2
Closing remarks
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11.50am-12.00pm: Break

Break
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1.00pm-3.00pm: Lunch

Lunch
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4.30pm-4.45pm: Break

Break
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Conference Sessions

11.50am-12.00pm: Break

Break
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4.30pm-4.45pm: Break

Break
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1.00pm-3.00pm: Lunch

Lunch
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3.45pm-4.30pm: Roundtable Discussion

Moderator
Down Syndrome International
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Speaker 1
United States, NDSC, Wegmans Food Market Customer Service Team, Cherry Hill, NJ,
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Speaker 2
Divisional Human Resources Manager, Wegmans Food Market
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Speaker 3
Wegmans Food Market, Store Manager, Wegmans Cherry Hill, NJ
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3.00pm-3.45pm: Employment of persons with Down syndrome in practice – employees and employers perspectives

Speaker 1
Spotlight on the UN
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Speaker 2
Navigating the employment wilderness
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Speaker 3
Bridging Gaps, Touching Lives
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Speaker 4
Employing people with Down syndrome – Ideas from the largest employer of people with disabilities in Colorado
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10.00am-10.40am: Official Opening and Launch of World Down Syndrome Day “Right to Work” Conference

Speaker 1
Welcome & Introductions
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Speaker 2
Message from the UN Secretary General
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Speaker 3
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Speaker 4
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Speaker 5
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Speaker 6
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Speaker 7
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Speaker 8
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5.45pm-6.00pm: Conference close

Speaker 1
Spotlight on the UN
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Speaker 2
Closing remarks
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4.45pm-5.45pm: What does it mean to live, work and be included in the community?

Speaker 1
Spotlight on the UN
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Speaker 2
Having a good and ordinary life working, flatting and living in the community
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Speaker 3
Citizenship and living in the community
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Speaker 4
I want to be a taxpayer
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Speaker 5
Making inclusion a reality: Five steps to success
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10.40am-11.50am: Importance of education, health and wellbeing in preparing persons with Down syndrome for employment and an independent adult life

Speaker 1
Spotlight on the UN
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Speaker 2
Make the best of who you are
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Speaker 3
The experience of UAE Down Syndrome Association in the empowerment of people with Down syndrome at the work place: Employ to empower
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Speaker 4
On Capitol Hill: Keeping up with a Congresswoman
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Speaker 5
Growing older and the challenges ageing brings for people with Down syndrome
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Speaker 6
Applying lessons from education to improve employment prospects
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12.00pm-1.00pm: Preparing persons with Down syndrome and their future employers for work

Speaker 1
Spotlight on the UN
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Speaker 2
My working life
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Speaker 3
Connecting employers and employees with Down’s syndrome
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Speaker 4
Work and accessibility
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Speaker 5
No greatness without goodness
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Speaker 6
A job for now and the future
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