For the first time in our history, Alberta is officially recognizing October 2017 as Disability Employment Awareness Month.
Disability Employment Awareness Month (DEAM) recognizes the many and varied contributions of workers with disabilities, raises awareness about an under-represented talent pool in the province and the available supports that help Albertans with disabilities succeed in the workforce. By highlighting the skills of Albertans with disabilities and connecting these individuals to prospective employers, our government is encouraging inclusive employment across the province.
“Albertans are hard-working, capable and dedicated and they all deserve to be celebrated as such. Disability Employment Awareness Month is an opportunity to educate and recognize the rich diversity of skills and ideas that persons with all abilities contribute to our workforce, and to acknowledge that a varying ability is not an inability.” – Irfan Sabir, Minister of Community and Social Services
The designation of October 2017 as DEAM is part of our government’s ongoing commitment to honouring the achievements and knowledge of persons with disabilities in Alberta.
“The provincial declaration of October 2017 as Disability Employment Awareness Month recognizes that despite the continued barriers to acquiring employment, people with disabilities make a significant contribution to an engaged and innovative Alberta workforce. The progressive leadership of inclusive employers is also acknowledged with this DEAM declaration, as is the work of the many professionals working across Alberta to help employers leverage diversity in the workplace. I thank the Ministry of Community and Social Services for their declaration of this important month.” – Sean McEwen, Calgary Employment First Network
“It is my hope that the declaration of October as Disability Employment Awareness Month will help to promote awareness and educate employers about hiring people with disabilities and, in the long run, dispel any myths that employers may have.” – Amy Park, Edmonton Self Advocacy Federation
Throughout the month of October, Minister Sabir and his government colleagues will participate in various community and stakeholder events to discuss DEAM and the importance of inclusive hiring practices in the workplace. This includes meetings with stakeholders and highlighting success stories of businesses that have hired Albertans with disabilities.
No organization lives and breathes its vision, mission and values the way we do. The work is challenging and some days are downright hard but the reward of making a difference in the lives of others is unbeatable. We promise a work environment that is professional yet fun, where your opinions are welcomed. In return for your passion and commitment we offer a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package including: dental care, life insurance, RRSP’s, prescription drugs, paramedical services, vision, professional development, 15 paid personal days per year, a generous vacation package and subsidized parking.
Since 1974 we have served people with disabilities, barriers to employment and employers, and acted as a voice of community advocacy. Experience and passion has fueled our leadership in developing programs, services and resources that increase the economic participation and power of people with disabilities, youth and barriers to employment. Our services are not about entitlement or compromise, but inclusion and opportunity.
EmployAbilities is currently filling the position of Full Time Employment Coach based in Edmonton. We require an individual who is innovative, collaborative, compassionate, inclusive and committed to integrity to play a key role in the on-going success of EmployAbilities and our clients.
Conduct initial client needs assessments to determine employment status and suitability for Agency supports, services and programs.
Provide referral to alternative programs, community supports and specialized assessment providers as required.
Support clients in the development of service plans to address identified employment barriers, employability, interests and learning needs.
Create and maintain up-to-date and accurate files and timely documentation.
Create, monitor and revise client action plans based on agreed upon activities, schedule and results.
Assist clients in accessing necessary and appropriate interventions and social supports to realize service plan.
Conduct client follow-up and support, may include telephone contact, on-site visits and job coaching.
Maintain in-house and government case management files, client service statistics and related documentation in a timely manner.
Assist clients with technology needs as required.
Utilize career development theory, techniques and methodologies to help individuals identify realistic and meaningful career goals.
Conduct one-to-one employment counseling to enhance client’s self-sufficiency and to promote labour readiness.
Discuss clients’ barriers to employment and develop workable solutions to minimize these barriers.
Provide clients with labour market information, employment and training options.
Conduct mock interviews and support client job search.
Monitor and track client progress towards goals.
Research and develop employer and industry relationships to build understanding of local labour market conditions including available positions, required qualifications and advancement opportunities.
Match client’s transferable skills and interests with available labour market opportunities.
Solicit and coordinate information interviews, job shadowing, job tryouts, work experience and placements with employers.
Conduct employer follow-up, may include telephone contact, work site visits and job coaching.
Represent the Agency and promote available supports, services and programs to the community and other service providers through networking, presentations, conferences, attendance at job fairs and other business events.
Undertake special tasks, research, projects and other assignments within the Agency.
Degree/Diploma in Social Work, Rehabilitation, Social Sciences, Special Education or sufficient experience in a field related to Rehabilitation, Personnel or Career Development.
Previous experience in intake and assessment, case management, facilitation, employment counselling and/or employment development is preferred.
Previous experience working with persons with disabilities, barriers to employment or other at-risk populations is preferred.
Clear criminal record check.
Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office computer software.
May be required to have a valid class 5 driver’s license and access to a vehicle.
If this is you, then we want you on our team. Please email your cover letter and resume to: email@example.com with the subject line “Employment Coach”.
Visit www.employabilities.ab.ca to learn more about EmployAbilities and our mission to provide specialized services to individuals with disabilities or barriers to employment by creating opportunities for skill development, education and employment.
EmployAbilities thanks all applicants for their interest.
Disability Employment Awareness Month (DEAM) is an annual awareness campaign that takes place each October. The purpose of Disability Employment Awareness Month is to promote employment inclusion for people with disabilities and celebrate the many and varied contributions of workers with disabilities. NDEAM (a federal initiative celebrated in the U.S. every October since 1945), is gaining traction in Canada with a number of provinces proclaiming October as Disability Employment Month, including Alberta. We want to spread the important message that a strong workforce is one inclusive of the skills and talents of all individuals, including people with disabilities.
Disability Employment Awareness Month from CEFN
The Calgary Employment First Network proud to celebrate Disability Employment Awareness Month every October. It is important to us to recognize and celebrate the outstanding inclusive employers and diverse employees that we work with. We’re proud to celebrate DEAM 2017 by partnering with Alberta Community and Social Services, The City of Calgary, Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion, Calgary Economic Development, Mount Royal University, Bow Valley College, and Picture This Film Festival. Take a look at our DEAM 2017 Events calendar below to get involved this October. DEAM 2017 Events
Alberta Supports connects Albertans to programs and services for families, children and youth, seniors, employment, financial assistance, and disability services. We are delighted to announce the opening of the Alberta Supports Centre in Vegreville Community and hope you can join in the celebration.
Vegreville Alberta Supports Centre Haverhill Building, 5121 – 49 Street
Thursday October 5, 2017
10 am to 3 pm (closed 12-1pm)
The purpose of this event is to raise awareness of Alberta Supports and the programs and services available in our community. With the opening of Alberta Supports Centre’s across North Central Alberta, it will be easier for Albertans to connect to a full range of supports that will help them achieve short- and long-term goals.
Canadian business has struggled since 1989 to hire people with disabilities in any material numbers. This is not a uniquely Canadian phenomenon. The experience has been repeated globally by millions of companies.
This struggle is rooted in knee-jerk reactions to regulation and can be avoided by doing what business does best: understanding and serving a new market – a big new market.
Over the past 18 months, I’ve spent significant time studying the dislocation between the increasing demand for equality and the need for businesses to grow. Conferences and conversations around the world confirmed for me that companies are doing it wrong. Very few have the objectives, strategies or execution plans to do what their customers, investors and regulators are expecting: to meet or exceed the demands of consumers and talent in non-traditional markets.
While a non-traditional customer and labour pool can mean many things, I want to focus on the second-largest non-traditional market in Canada – and globally: people with disabilities.
Stats show that the 18.7 per cent of the population that self-declares as a person with a disability (PWD) makes an average annual income of 91 per cent compared with those living without a disability. Simple math means 6.2 million Canadians with a disability control $55.4-billion in annual disposable income. When their friends and family are added to the market, disability touches 53 per cent of consumers controlling more than $366.5-billion. Globally, this market opportunity is more than $10-trillion.
Hello, my name is Hon (Mathew) Lee and I’m proud to say I’m Chinese Canadian.
Throughout my years in Canada, I’ve always had an employment agency help me with my career growth or advocate on my behalf. When I first came to Canada, I received vocation training. This helped me get my first hotel job that lasted for 13.5 years.
For two years, I had been searching for employment; sometimes dropping off more than a dozen cover letters and resumes at a time. Unfortunately, I had been discriminated against for my age, disability, race and gender. Sometimes I just wanted to give up but then I would remember one of WWE Super catch phrases, ‘never give up!’ so I kept trying for 26 months and 11 days.
I am very grateful for the assistance from the staff and Alberta Supports Coordinators at Meadlark, in particular Bonnelle. She was always patient and kind, going out of her way to help me with my job search.
Finally, I got hired at a job fair put on by a movie theatre company. I went with the resume and cover letter that EmployAbilities helped me with and they hired me on the spot!
My message to all job seekers is to keep fighting for your dream career. There is a perfect career and company for everyone!
“To provide specialized services to individuals with disabilities or barriers to employment by creating opportunities for skill development, education and employment.”
The Edmonton Oil Kings are holding their annual Job & Career Fair on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 from 11:00am to 2:00pm. on the Rogers Place Concourse with entry through Ford Hall. There will be over 250 jobs available and interested candidates are encouraged to bring their resume. Tickets for the Oil Kings home game vs. […]