Talent Untapped is a tribute to people with visible and invisible disabilities who prove that talent comes in all shapes, sizes, ages and abilities. This project gives a voice to people who are often marginalized and shut out of the workforce.
WHY THIS PROJECT MATTERS: There are 1 billion people around the world living with disabilities. In some countries, up to 80 percent are unemployed. Why?
"Myths and misconceptions. That's why people don't hire people with disabilities. Talent Untapped is about helping bust those myths and shine the light on a powerful talent pool," says Maureen Haan, President & CEO, Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work.
HOW THIS PROJECT WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE: Talent Untapped will break barriers to employment. Meaningful work can contribute to your health, well-being and sense of self-worth. By showing the world the value that people with disabilities can bring, we can open doors to employment and a better quality of life. That's the goal of this film. It will be a game-changer for businesses and a life-changer for people of all abilities.
WHO IS BEHIND TALENT UNTAPPED: I'm a veteran journalist, broadcaster and disability advocate. I've gathered some of the best talent in the business to help me tell this important story. My co-writer is preeminent columnist and feature writer, Shelley Page.
My photographic consultant is multiple award-winning cameraman, Paul Wing. Each of us has lived with disability and know what it's like to be deemed disabled and shut out of the workforce. You'll learn more in the documentary.
NEXT STEPS: I have hours of interview footage from job-seekers, employers and employees. The next phase is to write the script with embedded description, for people with impaired vision. Then I need to get into an edit suite and cut a film with open captioning, so it's accessible to people who can't hear. I want to create a fully accessible tool for audiences of all abilities. Talent Untapped is halfway to completion.
HOW YOUR SUPPORT WILL HELP: I'm turning to the Kickstarter community to help push Talent Untapped into post-production. That means writing the script, editing the footage, creating the captioning and a sound track.
WHERE WILL THE PROJECT BE DISTRIBUTED: Among other distribution channels, we will offer the film to not-for-profits and disability advocates for their presentations at international accessibility conferences and to business schools to inform future hiring managers and business leaders.
"The talent pool of people with disabilities in Canada who are unemployed or who never had a job is the largest demographic of unemployed people in the country," says Mark Wafer, business leader.
Please join me. Together we can show the value of a talent pool that's willing, able and ready to be tapped.
Risks and challenges
If we surpass our goal, we will make the film available in other languages and offer a version with American Sign Language interpretation.
My goal is to complete the project in time for International Day for Persons with Disabilities on December 3, 2015, with special screenings in Toronto and Ottawa.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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