OCTOBER 2019:
EASTER SEALS CELEBRATES NATIONAL DISABILITY EMPLOYMENT AWARENESS MONTH

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. The goal is to increase awareness of the positive outcomes of hiring persons with disabilities in Canada. Employers are encouraged to take part in a nationwide campaign that highlights the positive contributions that employees with disabilities make to Canadian workplaces.

National Disability Employment Awareness Month is an excellent opportunity for employment service providers to demonstrate their ongoing commitment to Canadians with disabilities by paying tribute to the accomplishments of the many men and women with disabilities whose work helps keep the Canadian economy strong.

National Disability Employment Awareness Month gives us the occasion to have important conversations on how we can help break down the barriers, the stigma and the misconceptions about disabilities.

Learn more on National Disability Employment Awareness Month here.

KNOW THE FACTS 

Below we have highlighted some of the key facts, figures and statistics regarding the employment of persons with disabilities in Canada.

EASTER SEALS: HELPING CANADIANS BUILD SKILLS & SECURE EMPLOYMENT

THE HORIZONS PROGRAM

The Horizons Program, offered by Easter Seals Newfoundland & Labrador, provides comprehensive skill enhancement and work experience to youth and adults living with disabilities. Participants of the program develop important workplace skills that facilitate personal growth and independence, enabling them to compete for meaningful employment opportunities. Learn More…

NEW LEAF ENTERPRISES PROGRAM

The New Leaf Enterprises Program, offered by Easter Seals Nova Scotia, provides a wide variety of workplace skill development opportunities for Canadians living with disabilities. The program takes place in a collaborative and social environment. Learn More…

COMPASS PROGRAM

The Compass Program, offered by Easter Seals British Columbia/Yukon, offers persons with disabilities an opportunity to develop a personal roadmap to employment in British Columbia and Yukon. The program is designed to help address industry labour shortages and ensure youth and young adults with diverse abilities have access to these employment opportunities. Learn More…

PARTNERS IN EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM

The Partner in Employment Program, offered by Easter Seals Saskatchewan – SaskAbilities, provides supported employment services that assist both job seekers with hidden and visible disabilities and employers. Learn More…

RBC 21ST CENTURY SKILLS & LEADERSHIP PROGRAM

In April 2019, Easter Seals announced a partnership with the RBC Foundation to empower youth who are living with disabilities for future success in life and the workplace. The Easter Seals – RBC 21st Century Skills and Leadership Program will provide youth with opportunities to participate in skills development and training, coaching, mentoring, work placements and volunteer activities in five provinces. Learn More…

KYLE’S STORY:

How Easter Seals is making a difference.

“All of the training and support from the coordinators and staff who help run the Horizons Program was key… [they helped me secure] a work term which has now become a full-time job. This is where I use not only what I have learned from my formal education, but also the lessons and skills I was taught throughout the program, and I will always be grateful for that.”

– Kyle Kearney
Easter Seals Horizons Program Alumni, NL

Click here to read Kyle’s full story.

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