31 DEAM Days

Disability Employment Awareness Month? Why Does Hiring people with Disabilities Even Matter? Sean McEwen October is Disability Employment Awareness Month (DEAM) right across Canada and the U.S. but how important is Employment Inclusion? While it’s true that people with disabilities are seriously under-represented in the workforce, how big a problem is that really shaping up …
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Tapping into Generation A & Reaping Real Financial Returns

Tapping into Generation A & Reaping Real Financial Returns By Garth Johnson and Amy El-Sayed Very few businesses in Canada have realized we have an amazingly profitable and yet untapped resource in this country. Those who know about it know just how much it has increased their bottom line. What is it? It isn’t a …
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Three Documentaries

I am writing to let you know that I have completed two documentaries and one series on inclusive hiring for people with intellectual disabilities in Alberta and British Columbia and these will be airing in August. Please tell all your friends and colleagues about the three documentaries. The two 45 minute documentaries I made for …
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Employment First or Employment When?

Employment Inclusion for people with disabilities has become a significant consideration in the pursuit of greater quality of life and citizenship. Over the past several years, employment participation has received much attention from policy makers and funders, and the transition from segregated employment preparation services to true Employment Inclusion services has become a ‘best practice.’ …
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Why Does NDEAM Matter?

Imagine there was an annual, month-long event which recognized and promoted employment inclusion for people with disabilities. What a perfect opportunity for service providers and inclusive employers to promote their successes in creating and maintaining workplaces that welcome everyone. We could support, promote and participate in such an event, raise awareness and maybe, little by …
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Barriers to Employment Inclusion in Rural Canada

Although much of Canada’s economy relies on natural resources found in rural settings, poverty and barriers to employment inclusion for people living in rural communities are a growing issue. Where marginalized populations are concerned (for example, people with disabilities and aboriginal people), issues of poverty and unemployment are further exacerbated. At regional and national forums …
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Why Would I Hire Someone with a Disability?

Many of us have heard this question – and many of us have had an immediate emotional response, struggled with our words and in the end, failed to capitalize on a great opportunity. 10 Responses to “Why Would I Hire Someone with a Disability?” What criteria have you used to hire the people who work …
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MentorAbility

“MentorAbility” is a national program of the Canadian Association for Supported Employment (CASE) designed to help Canadian businesses to effectively recruit and hire talented, motivated new employees with disabilities. In October 2014, BC and Saskatchewan piloted the first MentorAbility program. National Disability Mentoring Day is held on the first Wednesday of October in conjunction with …
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