Be it known to all Canadians; Disability Employment Awareness Month (DEAM) will be an annual awareness campaign which occurs each October throughout Canada. The purpose of Disability Employment Awareness Month is to recognize and celebrate the many and varied contributions of workers with disabilities. DEAM will also recognize the leadership of inclusive Canadian employers, promote employment inclusion and educate Canadians about disability employment issues and the benefits of inclusion to all Canadians.
Whereas: A strong workforce is one inclusive of the skills and talents of ALL Canadians;
Whereas: Canadians with disabilities constitute a growing population and experience issues which require positive change including disproportionate unemployment, poverty and labour market exclusion;
Whereas: The employment inclusion of people with disabilities benefits all Canadians;
Whereas: The awareness of said benefits and the innumerable success stories of employment inclusion serve to positively promote inclusion of people with disabilities in the Canadian workforce; and
Whereas: The Canadian Association for Supported Employment is committed in our work to increase employment inclusion for Canadians with Disabilities through the provision of leadership, resources and ongoing opportunities for dialogue and engagement.
Now therefore, we, the Canadian Association for Supported Employment hereby proclaim the month of October, in perpetuity as:
Disability Employment Awareness Month.