Dis­abil­ity Em­ploy­ment Aware­ness Month in Al­berta

The McLeod River Post - - Viewpoint -

For the first time in our his­tory, Al­berta is of­fi­cially rec­og­niz­ing Oc­to­ber 2017 as Dis­abil­ity Em­ploy­ment Aware­ness Month.

Dis­abil­ity Em­ploy­ment Aware­ness Month (DEAM) rec­og­nizes the many and var­ied con­tri­bu­tions of work­ers with dis­abil­i­ties, raises aware­ness about an un­der-rep­re­sented tal­ent pool in the province and the avail­able sup­ports that help Al­ber­tans with dis­abil­i­ties suc­ceed in the work­force. By high­light­ing the skills of Al­ber­tans with dis­abil­i­ties and con­nect­ing these in­di­vid­u­als to prospec­tive em­ploy­ers, our gov­ern­ment is en­cour­ag­ing in­clu­sive em­ploy­ment across the province.

“Al­ber­tans are hard-work­ing, ca­pa­ble and ded­i­cated and they all de­serve to be cel­e­brated as such. Dis­abil­ity Em­ploy­ment Aware­ness Month is an op­por­tu­nity to ed­u­cate and rec­og­nize the rich di­ver­sity of skills and ideas that per­sons with all abil­i­ties con­trib­ute to our work­force, and to ac­knowl­edge that a vary­ing abil­ity is not an in­abil­ity.”

Ir­fan Sabir, Min­is­ter of Com­mu­nity and So­cial Ser­vices

The des­ig­na­tion of Oc­to­ber 2017 as DEAM is part of our gov­ern­ment’s on­go­ing com­mit­ment to hon­our­ing the achieve­ments and knowl­edge of per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties in Al­berta.

“The pro­vin­cial dec­la­ra­tion of Oc­to­ber 2017 as Dis­abil­ity Em­ploy­ment Aware­ness Month rec­og­nizes that de­spite the con­tin­ued bar­ri­ers to ac­quir­ing em­ploy­ment, peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties make a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to an en­gaged and in­no­va­tive Al­berta work­force. The pro­gres­sive lead­er­ship of in­clu­sive

em­ploy­ers is also ac­knowl­edged with this DEAM dec­la­ra­tion, as is the work of the many pro­fes­sion­als work­ing across Al­berta to help em­ploy­ers lever­age di­ver­sity in the work­place. I thank the Min­istry of Com­mu­nity and So­cial Ser­vices for their dec­la­ra­tion of this im­por­tant month.”

Sean McEwen, Cal­gary Em­ploy­ment First Net­work

“It is my hope that the dec­la­ra­tion of Oc­to­ber as Dis­abil­ity Em­ploy­ment Aware­ness Month will help to pro­mote aware­ness and ed­u­cate em­ploy­ers about hir­ing peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties and, in the long run, dis­pel any myths that em­ploy­ers may have.”

Amy Park, Ed­mon­ton Self Ad­vo­cacy Fed­er­a­tion

Through­out the month of Oc­to­ber, Min­is­ter Sabir and his gov­ern­ment col­leagues will par­tic­i­pate in var­i­ous com­mu­nity and stake­holder events to dis­cuss DEAM and the im­por­tance of in­clu­sive hir­ing prac­tices in the work­place. This in­cludes meet­ings with stake­hold­ers and high­light­ing suc­cess sto­ries of busi­nesses that have hired Al­ber­tans with dis­abil­i­ties.

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