From a media release:
Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) announced today that Season four of the award-winning series Employable Me will premiere Wednesday, June 9, at 8 p.m. Eastern on AMI-tv.
Employable Me is a moving six-part documentary series featuring job seekers who are determined to show that having a physical disability or neurological condition shouldnâ€™t make them unemployable. Seasons one, two and three of Employable Me captured Rockie Awards for Best Lifestyle Program at the Banff World Media Festival. Additionally, Season three of Employable Me won a Diversify TV Excellence Award at MIPCOM in the Representation of Disability, Non-Scripted category in 2020 and 2016.
Produced by Thomas Howe Associates Inc. (THA), Season four of Employable Me provides an honest and emotional look at the challenges Canadians of varying abilities face in the job market. Each one-hour instalment features two job seekers who are blind, partially sighted or have a neurological condition such as cerebral palsy or Autism Spectrum Disorder as they change employersâ€™ perceptions and possibly land a coveted job.
THA followed all safety protocols as stipulated by regional and provincial health authorities during the production of Season four.
â€œWe are excited to introduce 12 new Canadian job seekers to the Employable Me fanbase,â€ says John Melville, Vice-President, Content Development and Programming, AMI-tv/AMI-audio. â€œWe challenge employers to learn from and utilize the information presented to make their workplaces truly inclusive and diverse.â€
â€œWe thank the job seekers and their families for allowing us to tell their stories,â€ says Thomas Howe, President and Executive Producer at THA. â€œIt was a challenge to film during the pandemic, and we are proud of what everyone has accomplished.â€
Employable Me focuses on the strengths and talents of potential employees, with help from experts in the medical and hiring fields. Season four experts and community partners include world-renowned autism specialist Dr. Wendy Roberts, motivational speaker Tracy Schmitt and March of Dimes Canada.
Among the companies participating in Season four are Loblaws, Hamilton Conservatory of Music, Rick Hansen Foundation, The Bata Shoe Museum, My Access Masks and Heritage Toronto. Additionally, digital exclusives available at AMI.ca or via the AMI-tv App for Apple and Android devices revisit past job seekers to update viewers on where they are now in their careers and offer advice on job seeking.
In keeping with AMIâ€™s mandate of making accessible media for all Canadians, Employable Me utilizes Integrated Described Video (IDV) to make them accessible to individuals who are blind or partially sighted.
Employable Me is produced by THA in partnership with AMI and TVO, and is licensed by all3media international.
Season four of Employable Me premieres on Wednesday, June 9, at 8 p.m. ET. Stream past episodes and seasons on AMI.ca or via the AMI-tv App for Apple and Android devices.