National Disability Employment Awareness Month

DEAM 2022

Countdown to the Days Until DEAM 2022

What is DEAM and Why is it Important?

Disability Employment Awareness Month or DEAM was first proclaimed in Canada in 2010 by the Province of Manitoba. Saskatchewan followed suit in 2011, and British Columbia, Alberta, Quebec, and New Brunswick also secured proclamations shortly thereafter. Since then, dedicated employment service providers and community organizations have brought DEAM to life by organizing activities to engage employers, job seekers experiencing disability, and the public to promote the benefits of inclusive hiring.

Despite the considerable efforts that have been made to diversify the Canadian labour force, Statistics Canada reports that in 2017, 3.7 million working-age Canadians identified as having a disability and that only three in five (59%) were employed1. The COVID-19 pandemic has substantially intensified the situation. Currently, approximately 1 million Canadian job seekers experiencing disability are unemployed or underemployed2. Given current workforce shortages, Canadian employers coast to coast need the skills, education, and experience of this untapped talent resource.

DEAM presents an important opportunity to discuss, explore, and collaborate to solve this critical issue. Every day in October, CASE, our members, and our community partners will celebrate the tremendous contributions people with disabilities make to our workplaces and communities. We invite you to connect with us, create awareness, and help us to eliminate the barriers that prevent Canadians with disability from participating fully in work and society.

DEAM CASE Supported Employment

31 Days of DEAM - Month of October

In recognition of Disability Employment Awareness Month, CASE will share DEAM highlights for each day throughout the month of October. We invite submissions of stories and/or events from your community! To get involved or learn more contact: deam@supportedemployment.ca today!
Please use #31DaysofDEAM so we can share your DEAM stories.

Ways to Get Involved

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Here are a few other ideas to celebrate DEAM 2022:

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Social Media campaign

31 Days of DEAM

#DisabilityInclusion
#DEAM2022
#31DaysofDEAM

#MentorAbilityCanada

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Employer engagement campaign

Cheers to Inclusion!

#DisabilityInclusion
#DEAM2022
#CheerstoInclusion
#MentorAbilityCanada

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Awareness campaign

LightItUp! for NDEAM

#DisabilityInclusion
#DEAM2022
#LightItUpforDEAM or #LightItUpforNDEAM
#MentorAbilityCanada

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If you would like to host a Disability Employer Awareness Month (DEAM) activity or would like more information on how you can participate in DEAM, please provide the following information and a MentorAbility representative would be happy to contact you.
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