Nominations Now Open for DABC's Employment Awards #DABCAwards2016

Do you know an employer who demonstrates outstanding leadership in employing people with disabilities or an employee with a disability? Nominations are now open for Disability Alliance BC’s 2016 Employment Awards. The nomination deadline is March 15, 2016. There are two Award categories, one for employers and one for employees. The winners will be recognized on April 7, 2016 at Swing into Spring, Disability Alliance BC’s annual gala and awards presentation. Nomination forms and gala details are available online: http://disabilityalliancebc.org/swingspring.htm

People with disabilities continue to face multiple barriers to employment and their unemployment rate is significantly higher than that of non-disabled individuals. “These awards honour employers who show leadership in employing people with disabilities, and promote increased employment for individuals with disabilities. They are also very much about recognizing and celebrating smaller and often more personal victories. How a job promotes self-confidence and independence, for instance, and how workplace stereotypes can be shattered once an employee with a disability is hired” said Jane Dyson, Executive Director, Disability Alliance BC. “We love how these awards bring to life the personal stories of employees with disabilities and the employers who hire them.”

Whether you work for a company that goes the extra mile to hire people with disabilities, work with an employee with a disability or have first-hand experience with either, you are invited to share your stories and submit a nomination.

The awards will be presented at Swing into Spring, April 7, 2016 at the Croatian Cultural Centre, Vancouver. Tickets are on sale now and companies interested in sponsorship opportunities or other forms of support are invited to contact Ms. Dyson. Swing into Spring is a fun festive gala featuring Stephen Quinn, host of CBC’s On the Coast, and actor, comedian David C. Jones.

Established in 1977, Disability Alliance BC (formally BC Coalition of People with Disabilities) is a provincial, cross-disability organization that supports individuals to live with dignity, independence and as equal and full participants in the community. Through direct services, community partnerships, research and publications, Disability Alliance BC champions a range of issues impacting the lives of people with disabilities.

For more information please contact:
Jane Dyson, Executive Director, Disability Alliance BC
Email: feedback@disabilityalliancebc.org
Phone: 604-875-0188

Employers …have you hired a person with a disability?

Disability Alliance BC (DABC) is writing a guide to disclosure in the workplace for peopleEmployees with all types of disabilities. Disclosing Your Disability: A Guide for People with Disabilities In BC will address legal rights and responsibilities of disclosure and provide a reference list of sample accommodations and resources.

DABC is seeking employers to talk to about their experiences with employees with disabilities. Do you have a “success story” you would be willing to share? Do you have preferences or recommendations regarding when or how employees or job applicants disclose their disability or chronic illness? What should employees/job applicants know when disclosing their disability to employers/prospective employers?

You may participate anonymously.

Contact Shelley at DABC: Shelley@DisabilityAllianceBC.org or phone 604-875-0188.

Report on Employment and People with Invisible Disabilities

In 2011, BCCPD had an opportunity to work with two Douglas College students to assess accommodations in BC for-profit organizations for employees and potential employees with invisible disabilities. Their final report entitled Investigating Workplace Accommodation for People with Invisible Disabilities covers awareness of invisible disabilities in the workplace, disclosure, barriers for job seekers and employees and recommendations.