KEEN Education Foundation
Objects, Vision & Mission
- Reduce barriers and provide solutions to enrich the life span of people with disabilities and exceptional needs from Indigenous, ethno-cultural and mainstream communities including children, youth, adults, seniors, families and women by providing life management counselling, crisis and grief counselling as well as addressing any problems faced by people with disabilities.
- Believing in the rights of people with disabilities and exceptional needs from all communities with regards to diversity, gender equality, family, women and seniors.
- To address and prevent specific problems faced by families of people with disabilities and exceptional needs by providing parents, children, and youth with online and offline educational programs (i.e. leadership, communication, etc.), mentoring programs, workshops, and seminars on issues such as anger management, conflict resolution, effective communication, etc. thereby, enriching the lives of people with disabilities.
- Advance education by providing supports such as books, equipment, computers, digital media aids, specialized programs, etc. to people with disabilities and exceptional needs, primarily children and youth, from all communities.
- Advance education by assisting people with disabilities and exceptional needs, primarily children and youth, by heightening awareness, providing outreach programs and training for communities including police officers, teachers, social workers and crisis response workers to recognize and respond appropriately to people with disabilities’ challenges including, but not limited to, behavioral, social, physical, communication, sensory and sexuality issues.
- To enhance education by providing scholarships, bursaries, and other forms of financial assistance to people with disabilities and exceptional needs, primarily children and youth to be used for secondary, or post‑secondary education.
- To motivate and recognize people with disabilities’ and exceptional needs’ excellence, by providing awards to encourage academic, sports and leisure activities.
- Reduce poverty by providing educational programs, housing supplement, facilitating employment, job training and job placement opportunities, life management counselling and other supportive services to people with disabilities and exceptional needs so that they are self reliant, independent and inter dependant as need be.
- Reduce Poverty by raising money, accepting community donations, selling products and services, providing publications, engaging in legacy programs, for the purpose of providing funding to enhance people with disability and exceptional needs sustainable living and employment programs.
- Research the most effective and efficient biomedical and behavioural treatment interventions while tracking relevant associated data to improve quality of life for the most efficient cost for clients that are exceptional needs.
List of Workshops to be Offered:
- Overcoming fears and myths
- Spectrum of Neurodiversity
- Inclusive labour force
- Prepare people with disabilities for interviews
Overcoming fears and myths
- Understanding neurodiversity and inclusion
- Stereotypes and myths
- Observations from five volunteers
- Innovative approaches to problem solving
Why hire people on the spectrum of neurodiversity?
- What is ‘neurodiversity’?
- The “Atypical Advantage”
- How a disability becomes a super ability
- The unique qualities of the neurodiverse mind
- Extreme focus, pattern recognition
- Attention to detail
- Honesty, logic, ‘hyper’ focus
- Able to perform repetitive tasks with great accuracy without losing interest
- Case Studies on Success Stories
- Ernst & Young
- Rising Tide Car Wash
Building an inclusive labour force
- Strategies to build inclusivity
- Best practices for hiring inclusively
- Roles for higher functioning and lower functioning people
- What inclusivity does for your workforce
- Human Rights and Accommodation
- Workspace and environmental considerations:
- Sensory conditions, light, smells, crowds, noise, social skills
How to train, how to retain, how to prepare people with disabilities for interviews
- How to facilitate people on the spectrum in dealing with social issues
- Accommodating people on the spectrum
- Workspaces, environmental considerations
- Managing / supervising people with disabilities
Supporting people with disabilities
- Demonstrating appropriate social behaviour
- Communications challenges
- Understanding social norms/behavioural acceptance
- Human Rights, Employer Accommodation and Legal issues