September is Disability Employment Month

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 3:56 PDT, Wed September 2, 2020

Last Updated: 2:13 PDT, Wed May 12, 2021

September is Disability Employment Month, highlighting the significant role people with disabilities play in BC’s workforce. 

“Government has long helped BC 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 BC’s economic recovery.”

The month of recognition also promotes resources and tools employers can use to reduce barriers to inclusion and build better, more accessible workplaces. 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 BC 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. Webinars will be offered throughout September on 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 interpretation and live captioning.

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.

To sign up for the Presidents Group webinars, click here

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