About DEAM

The CEFN is 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.  Our DEAM 2018 events wouldn’t be possible without our fantastic community partners.  We’d like to thank the following DEAM 2018 partners for their commitment to inclusive workplaces: Alberta Community and Social Services, Pan Disability Connection, The City of Calgary, Mount Royal University, Bow Valley College, CPHR Alberta, and Prairie Dog Brewing.  See the event calendar below to learn how you can get involved in DEAM.

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Provincial DEAM Proclamation

Last year we called on the Government of Alberta to issue a formal Provincial Proclamation of Disability Employment Awareness Month. In partnership with the Government of Alberta, inclusive employment becomes a priority.  We’re proud to announce to kick off DEAM 2018, the Government of Alberta will issue a formal Provincial Proclamation of October as Disability Employment Awareness Month.

Join us on October 1 at the Legislative Grounds in Edmonton, as we celebrate this historic milestone in the development of an inclusive Canadian workforce.

DEAM 2018 Events

DEAM City of Calgary Proclamation

Tuesday October 2,  12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
City Hall Atrium, 800 Macleod Trail SE
In partnership with the City of Calgary

Assistive Technology for the Workplace

Thursday October 4, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
cSpace King Edward Theatre, 1721 29 Ave SW
Hosted by the CEFN

Advocates for Advocacy

Thursday October 11, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The Hub, Mount Royal University, Wyckham House, 4825 Mt Royal Gate SW
In partnership with Mount Royal University Institute for Community Prosperity

Advocates for Advocacy brings people with disabilities to the table to discuss employment as a person with a disability. The panelists will share their trials, successes, myths and facts about Disability Employment. The event will host Question & Answer throughout the discussion; encouraging the audience to participate in the panel conversation and topics.

Accessibility Considerations: There is over 3,000 square feet of event space with about a 220 person capacity. There is sound absorbing material on ceiling, and cement pillars throughout which may interfere with a person’s line of vision. The space is both wheelchair and reduced-mobility accessible, with accessible restrooms. There is easy access to bus transit and a large availability of paid parking. There are also security escorts available on campus.
If you require accommodations that are not listed above, please contact cal.schuler@c-a-s-s.org

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DEAM Jobs for All: Employment Inclusion Seminar

Wednesday October 17, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Room N124 (North Campus), Bow Valley College, 345 6 Ave SE
In partnership with Bow Valley College

This event delivers relevant information to participants on how CEFN member agencies work with job seekers with disabilities to achieve their DEAM jobs and careers. Experts in inclusive employment provide the audience with details on: ‘A Day in the Life of a Human Services Professional’, techniques for both customer and employer engagement, and best practices in the field. This event also provides audience members a candid networking opportunity to discover the opportunities, challenges, and incredible rewards one receives when working in this dynamic and growing field.

Accessibility Considerations: For those using wheelchairs/scooters, and/or other related mobility issues requirements, the College can be accessed off of 3rd Street and 6th Ave SE entrance (via automated doors and ramp). The presentation room is theatre style seating with 4 accessible spots on the main floor, and 4 in the back and at the top of the room. The bottom 4 locations/spots can be accessed by a long switch back ramp. The top 4 locations/spots can be accessed by a separate door off of the main level. In addition, the ramp is a solid grey with no indicator strips as to rest areas on the ramp – BVC will be making corrections to the ramp. The event space has large separate screens for Power Point presentations, and lapel microphones are available. Parking is accessible along 6th Avenue SE, just west of 3rd Street SE, and Bow Valley College offers an underground parkade that is heated and securely monitored. The City Hall C-Train Station is also just steps away, making it one of the easiest ways to get to the South, North, and West Campuses.
If you require accommodations that are not listed above, please contact cal.schuler@c-a-s-s.org

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How Inclusion Works : CEFN and CPHR Panel Discussion

Thursday, October 18, 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Prairie Dog Brewing, 105D 58 Ave SE
In partnership with CPHR Alberta and Prairie Dog Brewing

This after-work event will be held at one of Calgary’s fine new craft beverage and BBQ establishments, Prairie Dog Brewing. The event will be built around informal networking, and a facilitated, interactive Panel Discussion with inclusion experts, employers and employees with disabilities.

The objective of a diverse workforce is to leverage different perspectives and problem solving capabilities within our organizations. However, when diversity exists without inclusion, human capital is almost certain to underperform. Bring your colleagues and your questions; join us as we identify the practices that enhance inclusion at work.

Accessibility Considerations: There are 50 parking stalls for a venue with around a 300 person capacity, none marked as accessible at present, but the vendor is in the process of designating 2 accessible stalls at the main entrance. The small ramp at the entrance does not meet code, but they are in the process of reducing slope. Currently there are no automated door buttons, but they are in the process of installing.  The floor can be shiny depending on the sunlight, but they try to control with shading. The customer service counter is high for those using a mobility device, they will be installing a flip up/down table on the side counter to accommodate. The central bar is high and inaccessible for some. However, there are ample accessible tables surrounding the bar. They have 8 unisex washrooms, 2 of which are accessible. The steps at the back emergency exit are all grey, the vendor will be painting a colour on the stair edges to add visible contrast.
If you require accommodations that are not listed above, please contact cal.schuler@c-a-s-s.org

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#DEAMEmployer Awards Gala

Wednesday October 24, 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Jack Singer Concert Hall lobby, Arts Commons, 205 8 Avenue SE
Hosted by the CEFN

We strive for a community where diversity and inclusion are normal vs. noteworthy. Inclusive employment wouldn’t be possible without incredible employers who champion diversity. The gala celebrates DEAM Employer Award nominees and recognizes six employers for their inclusion and commitment to employing people with disabilities.

Accessibility Considerations: This event space can be accessed off of 8th Ave Mall by automated doors, and/or +15 level. The Arts Commons parkade has designated parking spaces available, as do many of the local parking lots. The City Hall parkade can provide overflow parking, with many accessible parking stalls. For wheelchair/mobility access to Hall level, it can be accessed by ramp with automated door. At the main entrance there are 3 large double glass doors that lead to a large open space with access to stage/ramp; there is tile in foyer, carpet in the inner hall. Accessible washrooms and accessible seating are available throughout the building. Arts Commons uses two types of hearing assistance equipment:  Stethoset – works independently from hearing aids. Personal Induction Loop – connects wirelessly with your personal hearing aid.
If you require accommodations that are not listed above, please contact cal.schuler@c-a-s-s.org, or note required accommodations in your event invite RSVP.

This event is by invitation only.

#DEAMEmployer Awards

Inclusive Employment wouldn’t be possible without the incredible employers who champion diversity in their workplaces.  Nominated inclusive employers have a chance to be 1 of 6 #DEAMEmployer Award Recipients at our DEAM Employer Awards Gala on October 24th.

DEAM Employer nominations deadline was October 10, 2018.

Celebrate With Us!

We want to spread the important message that a strong workforce is one inclusive of the skills and talents of everyone, including individuals with disabilities. Check out our DEAM Resources below to start celebrating #DEAM in your region.

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#DEAM Social Media Campaign

What is your #DEAMjob? If you’re an inclusive employer, tell us about your #DEAMemployee of the month. If you’re an employment service provider, tell us about your #DEAMteam. Tweet us @YYCEFN.

DEAM 2019 Partnerships

Looking to get involved with DEAM? Our events wouldn’t be possible without our community partners.  Contact us today to become a DEAM 2019 partner!