The Hub November 2016 | Page 10

Ready, Willing and ABLE Story by Angelica Haggert Photos by Victoria Parent My newsfeed in October included a feel-good story about a woman with Down Syndrome in Argentina who became Latin America’s first teacher with Down Syndrome. While the story gave me happy chills, it also brought to the forefront some of the staggering numbers that exist when it comes to people with disabilities and employment. In the 2012 Canadian Survey on Disability, approximately 10 per cent of the potential Canadian workforce had a disability. Of this 10 per cent, more than half were unemployed.