Disability Employment Awareness Month seeks to bring awareness of the individual, economic and societal benefits of diversifying our workforce by employing people of varying abilities. SARC is taking the lead to create awareness and promote the importance of creating a diverse workforce in Saskatchewan by recognizing DEAM, and we are thrilled that the Province of Saskatchewan officially proclaimed October 2016 as Disability Employment Awareness Month!
In Saskatchewan, the month will be celebrated by employers, those searching for jobs, and by the agencies that help make the transition happen. Many SARC Member Agencies are involved in Supported Employment initiatives, and DEAM gives those projects an opportunity to create awareness, and to celebrate the benefits of employing people of all abilities.
Check out what successful businesses are already doing to create inclusive workplaces, and just how easy it is to get started! Watch SARC's Employer of Excellence Award videos, or check out this blog on the "Power of Presence".
We have also created a Certificate of Recognition that can be filled in and presented to employers in your community that are doing an excellent job of promoting inclusion in the workplace.
“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. Saskatchewan launched the first MentorAbility program in conjunction with Disability Employment Awareness Month (DEAM) month in October 2014.
SARC worked with Partners in Employment to find a suitable candidate to take part in MentorAbility, and we were so lucky to meet Audrey, who spent the afternoon with us learning about SARC, and what it is like to work in an administrative role. Check out this video to see Audrey's MentorAbility experience.
On October 7, 2015 SARC participated in MentorAbility Day once again and had an absolutely positive experience with our enthusiastic participant Sydney. Check out our blog on MentorAbility Day and stay tuned for a video coming soon.