October is DEAM Month

Disability Employment Awareness Month

Celebrating people with disabilities in the workplace. Disability Employment Awareness Month (DEAM) promotes the inclusion of workers with disabilities in Alberta’s economy. Every October, community stakeholders and the Government of Alberta partner to deliver activities and events around the province to:
increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities within Alberta’s business community
increase employer engagement and raise awareness around the recruitment and retention of people with disabilities
increase inclusion through collaboration by connecting service providers, Indigenous organizations, government and businesses
highlight employers who demonstrate a strong commitment to inclusion and diversity

There are many ways to celebrate DEAM, such as:

  • celebrating the skills, successes and achievements of Albertans with disabilities in the workforce by attending DEAM events
  • volunteering your time to help promote and advocate for the participation of people with disabilities in the workforce
  • sharing your event photos and experiences to social media, using the hashtag #DEAM, and retweeting other related posts

The training and employment services (https://www.alberta.ca/training-and-employment-services-directory) directory offers programs and services to help individuals find and keep jobs, get training and adapt to a changing labour market.

Disability Related Employment Supports (DRES) (https://www.alberta.ca/disability-related-employment-supports) is funding for disability-related services, supports or technologies to help individuals with permanent disabilities succeed in their employment as well as in post-secondary school-based training and education.

Albertans wanting to apply for DRES can contact Alberta Supports at 1-877-644-9992 to enquire about applying in their region. Employers can work with DRES-eligible employees to help them address any disability-related barriers of the job.

Alis (https://alis.alberta.ca/tools-and-resources/resources-for-people-with-disabilities/) – Careers, Learning and Employment has several resources to help people with disabilities with career planning, post-secondary education and training, educational funding, work search, labour market trends, and workplace issues.

Regional Jobs Facebook pages highlight local employment events, job postings and career services. Find out what’s happening in your area:
Edmonton: https://www.facebook.com/EdmontonJobs/
Central: https://www.facebook.com/CentralAlbertaJobs/
Lethbridge: https://www.facebook.com/Lethbridgejobs/
Medicine Hat: https://www.facebook.com/MedicineHatJobs/
Calgary: https://www.facebook.com/CalgaryJobsFeed