Author: Dean Askin

Canada is known as “Hollywood North.” That’s because so many television shows and series, and theatrical and television films have been, and are filmed, in this country. They include Supernatural, Schitt’s Creek, Hudson and Rex, Deadpool, Star Trek Beyond, Star Trek Discovery and Hot Zone: Anthrax.   According to figures from the Motion Picture Association, film…

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Disability is the world’s largest minority group — one that all of us will likely join at some point in our lives. According to World Health Organization figures, 1.3 billion people globally have a disability.   People who have a disability are just regular people, living their every-day lives one day at a time…like all…

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October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. So we thought, what better time to launch a new, occasional series we’re calling, Making the Journey.   It’s a fitting title for this series. Because when a business leader or owner makes the conscious decision to become intentional about disability inclusion in their organization, it really is a…

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Filed under Disability Awareness & Confidence, Inclusive Hiring, NDEAM Reading time:   6 min.  | Posted by Dean Askin  October’s a few days behind us now. There’s a winter chill in the air. National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) and our annual NDEAM campaign is over for another year.   Now it’s time to keep the conversation…

A Light It Up! For NDEAM National Disability Employment Awareness Month purple light banner shines on the sidewalks of Elgin Plaza at Red River College Polytechnic in Winnipeg on October 19, 2023. It's shining in front of a campus building.

477 locations in 140 communities across all 10 provinces, and in 2 territories, shone purple and blue light on disability awareness Thursday night  (Editors and writers note: the final list of locations and communities that participated in Light It Up! For NDEAM 2023 is attached at the end of this news release.)  Whitby, ON, Friday,…

Light It Up! For NDEAM graphic. Title and hashtags #LightItUpForNDEAM #LightItUpForDEAM #EngageTalent in white text against a purple patterned background. There are four logos across the bottom. From left to right, the ODEN logo, the Canadian Association for Supported Employment logo, the MentorAbility Canada logo and the Jobs Ability Canada logo.

Filed under Disability Awareness & Confidence, Inclusive Hiring  Reading time: 6 min. | Posted by Dean Askin | Part two in a two-part series  Making the disability inclusion connections to business and employment success is a three-stage process.   First, there’s grasping all the intertwined levels of connection. Second, there’s understanding the inter-related barriers to…

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Filed under Disability Awareness & Confidence Reading time: 5 min. | Guest post by Wayne Connell One of the most important things to grasp about disability, is that disability is diverse. Some disabilities are visible. But the most common ones are invisible.    So what exactly is an invisible disability?   Is it a specific illness or…

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Over 360 locations in more than 100 cities and towns taking part; federal government illuminating over 30 buildings across Canada again this year; famous landmarks participating  (Editors and writers note: the list of Light It Up! For NDEAM participating locations is attached at the end of this news release.)  Whitby, ON, October 12, 2023 —…

Light It Up! For NDEAM graphic. Title and hashtags #LightItUpForNDEAM #LightItUpForDEAM #EngageTalent in white text against a purple patterned background. There are four logos across the bottom. From left to right, the ODEN logo, the Canadian Association for Supported Employment logo, the MentorAbility Canada logo and the Jobs Ability Canada logo.

Filed under Disability Awareness & Confidence, Inclusive Hiring Reading time: 8 min.  |  Posted by Dean Askin  |  Part one in a two-part series There’s more conversation about disability inclusion in business and employment than ever. Although, the disability factor is mostly rolled into over-arching talk about diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). And still too…

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Makes NDEAM as Vital as Ever for Understanding Disability Inclusion Connections to Success, Ontario Disability Employment Network Affirms  Whitby, ON, October 2, 2023 — Ample research shows connecting disability inclusion to broader business objectives and the company mission is vital for continued growth and success, but a new study found most companies don’t even know…

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