4 October 2022

October is Disability Employment Awareness Month

SaskAbilities Joins in Celebrating the 12th Annual DEAM!

October is Disability Employment Awareness Month (DEAM)—the 11th annual DEAM in our province. Every year brings greater awareness of the importance of an inclusive workforce as well as greater engagement of individuals who experience disability.

“A healthy, sustainable economy promotes employment inclusion of people of all abilities,” says Ian Wilkinson, SaskAbilities Executive Director. “DEAM is an opportunity to celebrate the valuable contributions that people experiencing disability make to our province’s social and economic well‐being.”

Over the past decade, SaskAbilities Partners in Employment offices have organized a variety of DEAM events around the province. We continue to find innovative new ways to connect job seekers and employers. For job seekers, Partners in Employment offers a chance to build confidence and skills through training, mentorship and workplace support. For employers, we provide a range of services to match qualified candidates to specific job vacancies.

Partners in Employment works year‐round to open doors to employment for people of all abilities. DEAM is an opportunity to promote the need for employment inclusion—it is also a chance to raise awareness of the many lasting benefits.

You can help raise awareness for DEAM by taking part in the Light It Up! for NDEAM™ event on October 20, 2022. SaskAbilities Partners in Employment alongside many businesses in the community are participating in this national initiative and invite you to jump on board by lighting up your home, building, or office in blue and purple lights on October 20th. The event aims to highlight supported employment for people experiencing disability and/or barriers to employment and to ignite conversation about disability inclusion in the workforce.  If you are taking part in the Light it Up! For NDEAM™ event, we would love for you to submit your photos to communications@saskabilities.ca for us to share!  You can also use the official hashtags, #DEAM2022 and #NDEAM2022

You can read more about the National Disability Employment Awareness Month Light it Up event by visiting their page here: odenetwork.com

For more information on how our employment services can benefit your organization or someone you know, or to learn more about any DEAM events in your area, please contact the Partners in Employment office nearest you.