5 Ways to Celebrate Disability Employment Awareness Month this October
31 Aug 2017
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October is Disability Employment Awareness Month (DEAM) and many organizations are well underway with plans for a great event. The Government of Saskatchewan officially proclaimed October as DEAM for the past three years, so let’s make 2017 even bigger! If your organization is looking to find the perfect event or activity, here are a few suggestions based on last year’s events:

  1. One simple yet effective idea to increase awareness for both job seekers and employers is hosting a “coffee break” at the employer’s place of business. Provide coffee and a snack (cookies, pastries, etc.) to employees and customers. Customers may not realize this employer hires inclusively – this simple activity brings awareness to disability employment issues and highlights a champion employer. 
  2. Participate in MentorAbility Day or arrange an opportunity for a job seeker at your organization to job shadow in a field he/she is interested in. Last year, Autism Resource Centre arranged for one of the individuals from their employment program to spend some time job shadowing at the office of Alanna Koch, Deputy Minister to the Premier. 
  3. A cash mob is an innovative way to celebrate an inclusive employer. It works by having individuals from your organization spend the day at a local grocery store, encouraging customers to spend a few extra dollars in the store and letting the cashier know that the extra dollars were spent to recognize this business for their inclusive hiring practices. Last year, Humboldt & District Community Services put a spin on this concept by volunteering at the place of business and holding a “work mob”.  Everyone from the organization wore the store uniforms and chatted with shoppers about supported employment and the services their organization provides.
  4. Radius Community Centre held an open house and invited all employers to provide information on their experience working with the organization and with inclusive employment.  One of the activities they organized was a “balloon pop” where guests threw a dart at a board of balloons. Inside each balloon, there was a short note debunking myths about people experiencing disability or information on how to get involved, the activity was a huge success and the board was re-filled with balloons and was available throughout the month for visitors to the organization.
  5. Download and print a certificate on the SARC website that you can fill out and provide to employers who have hired an inclusive work force.  A simple way to show employers you appreciate them!

Other resources and activities can be found on our DEAM page. You can also come up with your own event and be sure to let us know what you have planned.  However you choose to celebrate DEAM at your organization, you are assisting to raise awareness on inclusive employment in Saskatchewan.

SARC also has some exciting DEAM Plans.  We will be airing two commercials throughout October that feature inclusive employers in Saskatchewan, SaskTel and Farm Credit Canada.  We look forward to sharing more details in the coming weeks!

For more information on any of the above activities, contact Joy McKinnon at 306 933 0616 or  


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