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NBASSE is the New Brunswick Association for Supported Services and Employment

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    Employment First Model


    New Brunswick has implemented an ‘Employment First’ model.


    The employment First philosophy is focused on normative experience, inclusion, and capacity building. It recognizes that everyone has skills and abilities that can be developed and used to contribute to the workplace and to their community. Employment First is considered a best practice in disability services. It is an approach to service delivery that supports working-age adults, regardless of any perceived level of disability, to have choice and opportunities to earn a living through paid employment in the open labour market.

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  • Ronald Palmer, success from the Albert Career Development Centre

    Ronald Palmer, success from the Albert Career Development Centre

    Ron has been a client of the Albert Career Development Centre for many years.

    He has had various jobs during those years. Although Ron was always a good employee he never had his dream job until recently.

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  • Atelier Beausoleil / Albert Career Development Centre

    Atelier Beausoleil / Albert Career Development Centre

    Atelier Beausoleil, in operation since 1974, has seen a shift in community acceptance.

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  • Light It Up! for NDEAM

    The New Brunswick Association for Supported Services and Employment (NBASSE) will participate in the celebration of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) in October. Light It Up! is an initiative led by the Ontario Disability Employment Network (ODEN) which started in Ontario in 2020. ODEN, in partnership with the Canadian Association of Supported Employment (CASE) is taking the initiative national in 2021.
    Communities across the country will light up key landmarks in blue/purple to highlight the importance of the inclusion and employment of people with disabilities; as well as spotlighting the different ways people with disabilities can contribute to businesses in their communities and their ability to work and help their employers to be successful and competitive.
    As the only disability employment organization in New Brunswick, NBASSE has taken the lead on this initiative in partnership with the Premiers Council on Disabilities. The New Brunswick Provincial Legislative Assembly building in Fredericton has agreed to light up this important New Brunswick landmark on the night of October 21st, 2021, in observance of NDEAM and the Light It Up! initiative.
    NBASSE is planning to assist ODEN in the expansion of this initiative in New Brunswick in 2022 and beyond.

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  • PTSD Awareness Day, June 27

    20 June 2022
    Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health disorder than can occur after a person has experienced or witnessed a traumatic event. It causes intense fear, helplessness or horror. It is described in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5), published by the American Psychiatric Association. The symptoms of PTSD often surface within three months of the traumatic event that caused it but can also surface years later.
    PTSD has become a global health issue and the prevalence of it is gaining awareness. In Canada, between 1.1 and 3.5 per cent of the general population is thought to have PTSD. 
    For more information check this link

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  • Disability support program

    06 June 2022
    Provides personalized, flexible disability supports for persons with disabilities in the development of their personal disability support plans. It allows for the provision of independent facilitation and the use of person-centered approaches to planning and designing disability supports.
    You may qualify for this program if:
    - You are a resident of New Brunswick
    - You are 19 to 64 years of age
    - You have a long term disability (this does not include a medical condition that does not result in long term disability or services required to address drug, alcohol, nicotine or gambling addictions).

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  • Canada Disability Benefit Legislation reintroduced

    06 June 2022
    Yesterday, the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, reintroduced legislation in the House of Commons that would establish the framework for a new Canada Disability Benefit. If approved by Parliament, the Canada Disability Benefit will become an important part of Canada’s social safety net, alongside Old Age Security, the Guaranteed Income Supplement and the Canada Child Benefit.
    You can view the Bill at this link
    The press release is available at this link

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