Each October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month acknowledges the valuable contributions of people who have a disability. It is also time to celebrate business successes and benefits stemming from hiring with a focus on diversity and inclusion.

For Community Living Mississauga, National Disability Employment Awareness Month is an annual campaign that provides an opportunity to celebrate the many contributions of people who have an intellectual disability, to raise awareness about disability employment issues, to dispel myths, to recognize community employers and to motivate others to be ambassadors for change. During National Disability Employment Awareness Month, Community Living Mississauga will be participating in a variety of promotional activities to highlight employment success stories and to raise awareness of the role that everyone plays in promoting employment inclusion.

For businesses, National Disability Awareness Employment Month presents an opportunity for businesses to review their hiring practices, especially their recruitment process. Businesses who have opened their doors to inclusive hiring practices have seen great benefits. Statistics show that organizations with inclusive cultures are eight times more likely to achieve better business outcomes.

Please join us in spreading the important message that a strong workforce is one inclusive of the skills and talents of all people. Also, when people who have an intellectual disability are participating actively alongside their neigbours, our community gains greater acceptance of the importance of creating an inclusive community that is welcoming and accepting of all people.

To participate or to learn how you can be involved in National Disability Awareness Employment Month, please contact Community Living Mississauga’s Employment Resource Centre or share your employment stories on Twitter and Facebook by tagging #NDEAM #DEAM2019 #EngageTalent and @CLMississauga.