For Immediate Release

December 13, 2017

In recognition of International Day for Persons with Disabilities on December 3, 2017, Spinal Cord Injury Saskatchewan is excited to announce the launch of its Awareness Saskatchewan video project funded by the Government of Canada’s Opportunities Fund for Person’s with Disabilities.

The Awareness Saskatchewan video project is a “Good Access is Good Business” initiative that is designed to promote and encourage inclusion and diversity in the workplace. The project is working to spread this message across the province.

“This project, funded by the Government of Canada, is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate the valuable contribution our members with spinal cord injuries and other physical disabilities can offer to the success of Canadian businesses and the growing Canadian economy,” said William Lehne, SCI Sask Inc.  Board of Directors Chairperson.

According to the Canadian Survey on Disability released by Statistics Canada, about 3.8 million working age Canadians self-identified as disabled in 2012.  That’s about 13.7% of us and is equal to nearly one in ten working age Canadians.

If current and upcoming labour shortage trends continue, labour demand will exceed labour supply. With 70% unemployment among persons living with a disability in Canada, it is critical to recognize that these individuals make up a talented, skilled and available labour resource.

Check out the project highlighting some of our members from across the province who are demonstrating that disability does not equal inability on our YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCl12YkV2KZ5ylqxus_eWypQ

To view the full project follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/scisask or visit www.scisask.ca/awareness-saskatchewan

 

For more information:

 

 
Launel Scott

Executive Director

Spinal Cord Injury Saskatchewan Inc.

launelscott@scisask.ca

306.652.9644 ex. 6

Morgan Darbellay

Manager Fund Development

Spinal Cord Injury Saskatchewan Inc.

morgandarbellay@scisask.ca

306. 652.9644 ex. 5