October is Disability Employment Awareness Month! (DEAM)

Disability Employment Awareness Month (DEAM) is an annual awareness campaign that takes place each October. The purpose of Disability Employment Awareness Month is to promote employment inclusion for people with disabilities and celebrate the many and varied contributions of workers with disabilities. NDEAM (a federal initiative celebrated in the U.S. every October since 1945), is gaining traction in Canada with a number of provinces proclaiming October as Disability Employment Month. Reflecting this year’s theme, (Inclusive Workplace Cultures), CASE will be engaging in a variety of promotional activities to raise public awareness of disability employment issues and the role that everyone plays in fostering a disability-friendly work culture. We want to spread the important message that a strong workforce is one inclusive of the skills and talents of all individuals, including people with disabilities. CASE sees DEAM as an excellent opportunity for Employment Service Providers and Canadian Employers to demonstrate their ongoing commitment to Canadians with disabilities and to help promote employment inclusion in our country.

DEAM in the News 

“I am excited by the progress we are making to improve the lives of Canadians with disabilities. We are working hard to ensure all Canadians have equal access and opportunities in their communities and workplace. An inclusive Canada is good for employers and good for business, and by working together, I know we can improve the lives of all Canadians.”
– The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities

Government of Canada News Release: Government of Canada Highlights National Disability Employment Awareness Month 

Government of Saskatchewan News Release: Province Declares Disability Employment Awareness Month in October

Government of Ontario News Release: Government of Ontario Recognizes Disability Employment Awareness Month

Government of British Columbia News Release: Creating Opportunities;Disability Employment Month

City of Calgary: Official Proclamation of October as Disability Employment Awareness Month

Global Calgary News: October is Disability Employment Awareness Month

The Globe and Mail (Michael Prince): Canadians with disabilities need real work, real pay, real leadership