Disability Employment Awareness Month (DEAM) is an annual awareness campaign that takes place each October. The purpose of DEAM is to promote employment inclusion for people with disabilities and celebrate the many and varied contributions of workers with disabilities. DEAM, is gaining traction in Canada with a growing number of provinces proclaiming October as Disability Employment Month. 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. DEAM is 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.
Last year, through the efforts of a number of service providers within Alberta, including Gateway, the Government of Alberta issued a formal Provincial Proclamation making October “Disability Employment Awareness Month”. Through a partnership with the Government of Alberta, inclusive employment continues to become a priority for Albertans.
DEAM is an opportunity to spread the important message that a strong workforce is one inclusive of the skills and talents of everyone, including individuals with disabilities. The month of DEAM is an opportunity for businesses who believe in Diversity and Inclusion in the workplace to hold their own events throughout the month and/or join in on others to help support and promote inclusion. Please watch for a list of upcoming DEAM events as October approaches. For more information or if you’d like support in holding your own DEAM event, please don’t hesitate to contact Gateway at : 780-454-0701
Some of this year’s events will include:
DEAM kick-off at Edmonton City Hall on October 1, 11-1pm
Gateway’s annual Mayor’s Mixer (formerly called Mayor’s luncheon) on October 16, 2-7