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Peter Watts: I am able to work

Goodwill Industries of Alberta has launched a brand new program aimed toward bringing collectively employers with individuals who have a incapacity and are searching for work.

“Goodwill runs disability awareness and mental awareness training for Alberta businesses once a month,” program co-ordinator, Murray Davidson, informed me. “We have some great people working in this province. Their ability to work adds to their contributions to society and to their own self-esteem. Satisfied employers can integrate these folks into the culture of their business and that adds value as well.”

October is Disability Employment Awareness Month throughout Canada.  One in seven Canadians reported a incapacity. That interprets into about 370,000 Albertans. Less than half of working-age Canadians with disabilities are employed, in accordance to a 2012 report from Statistics Canada.  One in 4 employees with disabilities select not to disclose limitations to employers.

These are huge numbers. Goodwill Industries is a non-profit group devoted to creating significant job alternatives for Albertans with disabilities. Education is critically necessary on this regard.

“If we can bring awareness and dispel a lot of myths around disabilities and realize we are all just individuals with different levels of abilities, we will all benefit from being part of an inclusive community,” says Murray Davidson.

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