October marks Disability Employment Awareness Month (DEAM), a pivotal time to recognize the significance of inclusive hiring and work environments. Originally proclaimed in Canada in 2010, DEAM has since gained traction across several provinces, emphasizing the importance of promoting opportunities for individuals with disabilities.
DEAM stands as a catalyst for employment service providers, community organizations, and employers to engage in meaningful discussions, advocating for the benefits of inclusive hiring practices. It’s not just a celebration but a call to action to create workplaces that value diversity.
Disability Employment Awareness Month urges us to actively contribute to creating solutions for inclusive workplaces. As we commemorate DEAM, let’s recommit ourselves to building a future where everyone, regardless of any disabilities, has the opportunity to contribute and succeed. We encourage everyone, in the creative industries and beyond, to explore the shared resources to support the journey towards more inclusive, diverse workplaces.
Creative Industry Resources for employees and employers:
RespectAbility is a diverse, disability-led nonprofit that works to create systemic change in how society views and values people with disabilities. They provide numerous resources and webinars related to disability inclusion in creative industries.
Creative Users Projects provides resources to connect with Deaf and disability art, culture, and community.
AccessiblePublishing.ca is a repository for information and resources which will help a variety of stakeholders work toward the goal of born-accessible publishing and improving access to ebooks.
This resource was developed as an industry-focused support to increase cultural competence and inclusive practices within the motion picture and creative industry’s businesses and systems.
Accessibility resources for business.
WorkBC resources for employers:
- How to Support Your Employees and Eliminate Workplace Barriers.
- Create an Inclusive Workforce.
- Hire a Work-Able intern.
- Take a 15-minute self-assessment with the Disability Inclusive Employer Self-Assessment Tool.
- Learn about developing an accessible and inclusive workplace by taking four free online courses.
- Check out the Workplace Accessibility Grant for small business employers in B.C. to create an accessible work environment.
WorkBC career resources for disabled individuals:
- How to get a paid internship through the Work-Able Graduate Internship Program.
- Resources for people with disabilities, including information about education and getting a job.
- How WorkBC Centres can provide individual supports for people with disabilities.
- Assistive Technology Services for people who have a work-related barrier due to a disability or a functional limitation.
- Success stories about people with disabilities who used services to get them where they wanted to be.
- In the Spotlight, which highlights WorkBC Employment Services and employment success stories.