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CASE Newsletter 2017 
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Staying connected and up to date with our national membership is important to us.  In this Newsletter edition CASE Board Members share the latest news on national initiatives and important new connections.  Member organizations share their latest local news, controversial blogs, and inclusive employment success stories.  Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter to share your thoughts! If you would like this newsletter in French please click here.

Please join us in helping to promote and celebrate Disability Employment Awareness Month. Help educate Canadian Business, Employers and Human Resource professionals about disability employment issues and strategies to foster disability-friendly work cultures. Collaborate with other organizations! Promote and celebrate DEAM in your community through any or all of the following strategies:
  • ​​Cash Mob- select an inclusive employer that can handle "supporters" from your networks to frequent and spend at their business on a certain day and time. You may decide to welcome supporters at the door and put a bead necklace or pin on them to identify their participation but it also can be a way to expose your services to the general public. This of course is coordinated with the business owner ahead of time.
  • Employer recognition through media platforms- choose a different employer every day or week of October and highlight them through your media outlets.
  • Employer recognition events such as a BBQ for current and potential employers.
  • Treat the employer to coffee or lunch. You could even include the entire staff team.
  • Create a short video that you could put on Facebook or Instagram where you interview an employer about the benefits of having individuals with disabilities working for them and also the individual who works there being interviewed.
  • Share your success stories.
QUEBEC

Saskatchewan


Here in Saskatchewan we have had several years of celebrating DEAM (Disability Employment Awareness Month) in October.  This year is no different with many agencies are well underway with plans for a great event.  If your agency is struggling to find the perfect event or activity here are a few suggestions from past events.  SARC has requested the Provincial government officially proclaims October as DEAM in the past years; so let’s make 2017 bigger and better!  The same procedure can be used on any provincial ministry (if you would like to know more please us the contact info below for samples) Some simple yet effective ideas to increase awareness for both job seekers and champion employers include hosting a “coffee break” at the employer’s place of business, providing coffee and a snack (cookies or a pastry) to employees and customers, customers may not realize this employer is an inclusive employer.  This simple and easy activity brings awareness to disability employment issues and highlights a champion employer. 

Local radio stations are an excellent way to bring awareness to the cause.  It is easy to produce a Public Service Announcement to run throughout the month, along with this agencies can spotlight employers and job seekers with an on air interview.
Last year an agency did an interview during the noon show on CTV, were they spoke about their employment services, job seekers and some of the employers they have worked with; this may not be an option in a small community but certainly worth considering in larger centers.  In both the above instances bringing a champion employer on board to speak is key to the messaging.

A cash mob is an innovative way to celebrate an inclusive employer, last year one agency put a spin on it by volunteering at the place of business.  Everyone from the agency wore T-shirts that encouraged shoppers to ask questions about supported employment and the services the agency provides, the employer received lots of help in his store and the public became more knowledgeable about fellow job seekers in their community. 

A Saskatoon agency had an open house and invited all employers to provide information on hiring through the agency or how the agency can help with current issues they may be having.  One of the activities they provided to everyone who attended was a “balloon pop” were guests through a dart at a board of balloon, inside each balloon was a short note debunking myths about people experiencing a disability or information on how to get involved, the activity was a huge success and the board was refilled with balloons and was available throughout the month for visitors to the agency.

The last few years SARC has provided a printable certificate free of charge that agencies can print off and provide either framed or unframed to employers who have hired an inclusive work force.  This will be available again this year on SARC’s website. 
Other tried and true activities are available on the internet but whatever you do will bring attention to your agency, the job seekers you serve and the employers in the community.  The key is to do something, get involved and who knows what great connections will be made! 

For more information on any of the above activities contact Joy McKinnon at 306 534 2117 or email jmckinnon@sarcan.sk.ca  

 

MentorAbility
British Columbia
 
MentorAbility is a national supported employment initiative that provides an opportunity for education and awareness to be shared between employers and people with disabilities in communities large and small throughout all Canadian provinces and territories. National Disability Mentoring Day is officially the first Wednesday in October but as a CASE member, you can implement MentorAbility year round.
 
MentorAbility is a mentoring experience in which job seekers with disabilities (Protégés) are matched with individual mentors (employers or business leaders) – to explore career opportunities and what they need to get ahead in their desired field of interest.

People with disabilities (Protégés) who are actively seeking employment are welcome to participate and become matched with a mentor who is working in that specific career area of interest. Protégés will submit an application to their local coordinator who will then work to facilitate a placement opportunity.

Any individual business leader who is interested in meeting a talented and motivated student or job seeker with disabilities is welcome to become a mentor. Mentors are working professionals who can dedicate time during mentoring day to meet and spend time with their Protégé. MentorAbility provides private businesses, non-profit organizations and public sector employers with an opportunity to help promote the employment of people with disabilities, learn more about individual disability experiences, recognize talent and potential, develop lasting relationships with disability community leaders, tap into a pool of potential future employees and demonstrate community leadership. Employers can get involved by encouraging employees and managers to serve as volunteer mentors. Visit the website for more information on MentorAbility.
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