Inclusion in the Labour Market

Supported Employment with Persons with Development Disabilities at Reena and in the Community


The interactive presentation will help attendees understand the concepts of supported employment services and navigating the system with the goal of increasing awareness of the employability of individuals with developmental disabilities. Joanna Samuels will talk about providing strategies in helping organizations prepare, obtain, and maintain employment for clients in the competitive local labour market.

About Speaker

Joanna Samuels, B.Ed. (A E), M.Ed. CMF, RRP, CTDP, is the Employment Resource Supervisor at Reena. She has over a decade of frontline experience as a job developer, job coach and pre-employment facilitator in the supported employment sector. In addition, Joanna’s expertise is helping persons with various disabilities and multi-barriers with reaching their employment, career and educational goals. She also specializes in helping employers with diversity recruitment and with building an inclusive workforce as well as staff training.

Joanna is a certified Personality Dimensions Facilitator as well as certified Life Skills Coach. She is a featured employment advice columnist and blogger with,’s Kelly & Company, and Further, Joanna has recently published “Letters to the Job Coach: Practical, No-Nonsense Advice from a Frontliner Who “Gets It” on; and is featured in journals and industry magazines including Abilities, Autism Matters and Rehab Matters. Joanna is a frequent guest speaker and workshop facilitator on topics related to employment and careers.

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