September is Disability Employment Month 2020 in British Columbia

Selfadvocatenet.com highlighting that  September is Disability Employment Month 2020.

In this page i will be trying highlight  employment that those with disabilities have had work

In this time i know the Covid 19 virus has alot of those with disabilities are now unemployed and laid off situations.

But idea is try to encourage those with disabilities that employment is way make things better for your self and for others earning money is helpful in everyday life day in day out .

 

Sans will be looking for stories about employment for month of September.

Here link to want submit a story click here

On why is employment important to you 

what your occupation that want to do. 

What is  your dream job

 

 

Victoria Wednesday, September 2, 2020 8:00 AM

September is Disability Employment Month, highlighting the significant role people with disabilities play in British Columbia’s workforce, while also promoting resources and tools employers can use to reduce barriers to inclusion and build better, more accessible workplaces.

“Government has long helped B.C. businesses address challenges and obstacles to providing equal access for people with disabilities – challenges that have been magnified by the day-to-day difficulties of COVID-19,” said Shane Simpson, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction. “As we work on addressing the economic impacts of the pandemic, we remain committed to providing services and programs that give employers effective tools to hire, train and promote people with disabilities, so that they have equal opportunities to contribute to B.C.’s economic recovery.”

Creating workplace cultures that value inclusion and diversity means working together with the private sector. This ensures the ongoing development of programs and initiatives that help businesses in B.C. as they lead the way to improving employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

In recognition of Disability Employment Month, Small Business BC is hosting AccessAbility Month in partnership with the Presidents Group, Office of Small and Medium Enterprises and Community Futures Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program. Throughout September, 17 webinars will be offered covering topics such as business planning, financial research and market research. On Sept. 25, the Presidents Group will present a webinar focused on the funding and supports available to employers in the province. Each webinar will have American sign language (ASL) interpretation and live captioning.

“Small Business BC exists to assist entrepreneurs overcome barriers to grow successful and sustainable businesses,” said Tom Conway, CEO, Small Business BC. “During AccessAbility Month in September, we celebrate business owners and employees with disabilities who meet those challenges head on.”

The AccessAbility Month webinars can be accessed for free through the Community Futures Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program. In addition, Presidents Group is also offering two free accessible webinars for business owners and hiring managers on workplace accommodations and the case for inclusive hiring.

“As a small business owner myself, the value of an inclusive workplace is clear. Through our bakery, we’ve created a place of belonging and inclusivity where individuals with autism and other disabilities have contributed immensely to our business, to the benefit of our whole community,” said Lisa Beecroft, owner, Gabi and Jules Homemade Pies and Baked Goodness, and co-chair, Presidents Group. “Presidents Group helps businesses of all sizes across B.C. become more inclusive employers. We’re excited to be partnering with Small Business BC during Disability Employment Month to ensure accessibility within all their content during AccessAbility Month.”

Through WorkBC, the Province provides a range of services and initiatives to support people with disabilities to develop new workplace skills and access work experience and employment opportunities. Last year, through Community and Employer Partnerships, more than $1.4 million was provided to over 250 clients with disabilities through projects that focused on improved employment outcomes for people with disabilities. With Assistive Technology Services contracts, WorkBC also provides assistive technology needed to overcome disability-related barriers in the workplace.

Through employment planning, specialized assessments, placement services and many other supports, WorkBC ensures employment resources are available to people with disabilities and employers.

Quick Facts:

  • More than 926,100 British Columbians aged 15 to 64 years, almost 25% of the population, identify as having a disability.
  • Almost 90% of consumers prefer companies that employ people with disabilities, according to a study cited in a 2012 Conference Board of Canada report.
  • The provincial government offers services and programs that support job seekers and employees with disabilities and employers who want to build an inclusive workplace, including through WorkBC Employment Services, WorkBC Apprentices Services and WorkBC Assistive Technology Services.
  • There are 102 WorkBC centres in communities throughout the province that offer a range of employment services and financial supports for British Columbians, including people with disabilities. WorkBC.ca also offers 24/7 access through Online Employment Services, where individuals may apply for various services, supports and financial assistance.
  • Presidents Group, a group of B.C. business leaders, are encouraging and supporting employers across different sectors to hire more people with disabilities: www.accessibleemployers.ca

Learn More:

Small Business BC AccessAbility Month: https://smallbusinessbc.ca/article/accessibility-month-returns-to-sbbc-this-september/

Sign up for the Presidents Group webinars at: https://www.eventbrite.ca/o/presidents-group-17645760693

Community Futures Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program: https://www.communityfutures.ca/edp

Resources for job seekers with disabilities: www.WorkBC.ca/Accessibility

WorkBC Assistive Technology Services: https://www.workbc.ca/Employment-Services/Assistive-Technology-Services.aspx

For employers wanting to learn more about the benefits of hiring people with disabilities, visit: http://accessibleemployers.ca/

Provincial government services for people with disabilities in B.C.: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/family-social-supports/services-for-people-with-disabilities/supports-services

Disability Employment Month 2020 declaration: https://www.bclaws.ca/civix/document/id/proclamations/proclamations/DisabilityEmploymentMonth2020

This on BC Govt website go to the link here

 

Case this from for 2020 Disability Employment Month of September

 

 

 

The importance of work for individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities

Work gives individuals a sense of purpose and self-worth. For many, it defines who we are and is a source of justifiable pride.

Work helps improve individual and family finances, and it helps us connect socially.

All individuals, regardless of disability, deserve the opportunity to be full members of their community where they can live, learn, work and play

through all stages of life.

Benefits of Including Workers With Intellectual Disabilities in Your Workplace

In surveys carried out in Canada and in United States, employers of people with intellectual disabilities have noted some common characteristics among these employees;

  • Work attendance is high
  • Employees are dedicated to their work
  • The turn over rate of employees with intellectual disabilities is no higher than other employees performing similar jobs.
  • Productivity and initiative is more then satisfactory.
  • People with intellectual disabilities are not usually “job hoppers”. They are loyal and hard working employees.

In addition, hiring employees with intellectual disabilities has many advantages for these individuals, including:

  • Increases independence
  • Provides opportunity to contribute and achieve
  • Develop skills, abilities and self esteem
  • Provides dignity and self respect

 

Here story on employment by Deanna Whittaker  the road to Self Employment

Deanna Whittaker: The Road To Self-employment

Written together with Community Connector Support Person

“I like to sell my paper dolls at the Ladner Market and I save my money in a jar”

Deanna is an incredibly talented and creative artist who has lived in Ladner her entire life. She gets inspiration for her artwork from television and movies. Some of her favourites are cartoons and Disney movies. From a young age Deanna had the ability to draw incredibly detailed characters and drawings. Three years ago she started making “Paper dolls” which are cartoon children with sets of removable unique outfits.

Deanna enjoys showing off her dolls in their different outfits to anyone who is interested. She is able to accept requests for specific outfits and is also able to draw characters based on pictures of real people. At first Deanna was somewhat reluctant to sell her art work, but recently she has become willing to share her gift with others. In 2017 an opportunity arose for her to sell her paper dolls at the Ladner Village market.

She has since been able to go back each summer to sell more of her artwork.
Recently Deanna accepted a job with the Tsawwassen Business Improvement Association painting windows for local businesses. She enriches the look of storefronts with her artwork to make them more appealing to people passing by. At the end of June she painted 5 window fronts for the tour de Delta, which happened in July, and will be painting more store fronts for the next big event or holiday.
Deanna hopes to be able to continue to share her artwork with others and she is actively looking for more opportunities to sell her paper dolls.

 

Here anouther employment story from Brion

Meet Brion

Intent to educate those why need to hire people with disabilities  success story this below.

Amanda’s my job coach. She helped me get my first paid job.”

Brion and his parents felt stuck. They had applied for all sorts of jobs and built up Brion’s resume but weren’t successful in getting him a paid position. That’s where Amanda, a WorkBC job coach, came in.

“We were able to do different assessments and see what he was really good at and what he enjoyed.

“His face lit up of talking about the BC Lions and about sports and I was like, ‘Okay, that’s where we’re going!’ Volunteering with the BC Lions his confidence just really increased.

He was dreaming more and he was like, ‘Wow, if I can be with the BC Lions, then I can do anything! I can get a paid job.’

“I was able to see his cleaning abilities and how precise he was and how organized he was. He’s very routine, very structured.

He did a work experience with Dexterra so we were able to translate that into paid work at the Lonsdale Quay.

“Managers think that it’s going to be more work for them to hire someone with a diverse ability but usually it’s less work because you have an employment specialist and if it’s a good fit our clients will stay long-term. At WorkBC we’re just piecing together the puzzle. We’re just trying to see where everyone fits and where everyone can reach their most potential.”

Brion found a new start and so can you. WorkBC helps people with diverse abilities find and sustain a job that fits. Learn more: https://rightforyou.workbc.ca/

Canada Province of British Columbia A Proclamation for employment month of September 2020

 

 

 

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