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They are innovative, dedicated and eager to work. We shine the light on a talent pool that we can no longer afford to ignore.
They are innovative, dedicated and eager to work. We shine the light on a talent pool that we can no longer afford to ignore.
161 backers pledged CA$ 42,871 to help bring this project to life.

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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. 

Award-winning writer Shelley Page.
Award-winning 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.

Paul Wing, Photographer
Paul Wing, Photographer

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.

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    Welcome to the Talent Untapped community! We're creating a shift together. As a token of thanks for your contribution, we're sending you good vibes from the gang here at Talent Untapped. Keep spreading the word.

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    Thank you for showing you care! Your contribution is moving us closer to the finish line. Please spread the word about "Talent Untapped."

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    Thank you for making a difference. Check out our dedicated "Talent Untapped" Facebook page to see a shout out just for you.

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    We're sending you virtual hugs from all of us at Talent Untapped, along with a shout out on our dedicated Facebook page. Congratulations on joining the shift!

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    Our gratitude! We are sending you a personal digital thank you from the director and crew. We'll also give you a great big shout out on our dedicated Facebook page. Thank you for your support.

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    Pledge CA$ 250 or more About $205

    Thank you for being a change agent. You'll receive an invitation to an advanced screening in Toronto or Ottawa where you will meet all of us at "Talent Untapped." You'll get to know the cast and crew, and some other awesome supporters. You'll also receive a personal digital thank you from us, plus a shout out on our Facebook page. You're getting us closer to the finish line.

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    We're thrilled to add your name to the closing credits of "Talent Untapped." You'll receive an invitation to an advanced screening in Toronto or Ottawa where you will meet all of us at "Talent Untapped." We'll also give you all the rewards listed above.

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    Pledge CA$ 1,000 or more About $821

    And that's a wrap! We'll thank you with an exclusive Producer credit in the final credit roll. You'll also receive a VIP seat for you and a guest to an advanced screening in Toronto or Ottawa where you will meet all of us at "Talent Untapped." You will also receive a digital thank you message and a shout out on our Facebook page.

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    Pledge CA$ 2,500 or more About $2,051

    We'll celebrate your generosity over food and drink. You and your guest will enjoy a gourmet dinner with the crew of "Talent Untapped." You will also receive a VIP invitation to an advanced screening in Toronto or Ottawa. We'll also thank you with an exclusive Producer credit in the final credit roll. We can't wait to meet you in person!

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    Pledge CA$ 5,000 or more About $4,103

    We're throwing in our full customised Talent Untapped package just for you and your generosity. Our director will be in touch to roll out the red carpet and give you all the rewards listed above, plus, plus, plus. You will receive a customised short video plus an hour with the director, crew and your audience. If you have other ideas, we can work out more exclusive rewards. You are a leader in creating an inclusive, diverse community. Let's celebrate!

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