October is Disability Employment Awareness Month in Saskatchewan.
The Province says proclaiming the month provides an opportunity to share the benefits of an inclusive labour market for Saskatchewan businesses and communities.
“All of us want to make sure people can reach their potential to succeed whether it is in training or employment opportunities. We all benefit when the labour market is more inclusive as it helps reduce barriers to employment while at the same time, helps grow Saskatchewan’s economy,” says Economy Minister Steven Bonk.
The Saskatchewan government released a Disability Strategy in 2015, with the main focus being on awareness and information about people experiencing disabilities, accessibility legislation, service co-ordination and navigation, respite, transportation and residential services.
“Through the Saskatchewan Disability Strategy, we are working to create a socially and economically inclusive province for individuals with disabilities. Disability Employment Awareness Month is an opportunity to highlight this work, as we continue our journey on making a more accessible and inclusive province for everyone,” says Social Services Minister Paul Merriman.
“People experiencing disabilities can offer valuable skills to the workplace. Many Saskatchewan businesses are realizing the economic advantage that employees experiencing disabilities provide, such as increasing retention rates and enhancing corporate cultures. This Disability Employment Awareness Month we are creating awareness by celebrating inclusive employers across Saskatchewan who impact their communities through inclusive hiring,” says SARC Executive Director Amy McNeil.
The Province has information online with resources for employers, educators and job seekers.