Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) announced today that the second season of the award-winning Employable Me will return Friday, September 14, at 7 p.m. ET on AMI-tv.
Based on a UK format, the Canadian edition of 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 shouldn’t make them unemployable. Season one of Employable Me captured a 2018 Rockie Award for Best Lifestyle Program at the Banff World Media Festival and the Diversify TV’s Excellence Award for Representation of Disability in the Non-Scripted Category at MIPCOM 2017.
Produced by Thomas Howe Associates Inc. (THA), the sophomore season of Employable Me provides an honest and emotional look at the challenges Canadians of varying abilities face in the job market. Each one-hour episode features two job seekers who are blind, partially sighted or have a neurological condition such as Tourette Syndrome or Autism Spectrum Disorder as they embark on a journey to possible employment.
Among the companies participating in Season two are Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics, Variety Village, Malabar Limited and the Greater Toronto Airports Authority.
Additionally, digital exclusives available at AMI.ca revisit Season one job seekers to update viewers on where they are now in their careers.
“We are excited to introduce a new group of Canadian job seekers in Season two of Employable Me,” says John Melville, Vice-President, Programming and Production, AMI-tv. “Hot off the show’s recent win at the Banff World Media Festival, the industry knows what we already do: there are compelling stories to share from determined and talented people in our own backyard.”
Each instalment of Employable Me focuses on the strengths and inherent talents of potential employees with the help of experts in the medical and hiring fields. Season two experts and community partners include The Redpath Centre, Epilepsy Toronto, CNIB, Special Olympics and March of Dimes Canada. The journey isn’t always easy, but each participant is determined to overcome their challenges, change employers’ perceptions and land a job they’re truly passionate about.
“It is an honour to return with new stories to tell on Employable Me,” says Thomas Howe, President and Executive Producer at THA. “As always, we focus on the participants’ strengths rather than their weaknesses, making for compelling, engrossing and inspiring accounts.”
In keeping with AMI’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 two of Employable Me premieres beginning Friday, September 14, at 7 p.m. ET. Stream full Season one episodes on AMI.ca or via the AMI App.