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Shining a light on National Disability Employment Awareness Month

National Disability Employment Awareness Month is marked during October and Queen’s University is taking part by lighting up the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts in purple and blue overnight on Thursday, Oct. 22.

The Light It Up initiative is part of the Ontario Disability Employment Network’s awareness campaign for National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

The initiative is a multi-city, multi-location special lighting event, recognizing the month, and the many contributions that people who have a disability make to businesses and communities all over Ontario, including Kingston.

National Disability Employment Awareness Month does several important things:

  • Increases public and business awareness about, and celebrates, the valuable contributions people who have a disability can, and do, make to the workplace.
  • Raises awareness about the underemployment of people who have a disability.
  • Helps raise awareness that disability needs to be included in the conversation about workplace diversity and inclusion. Too often, the business conversation about D&I focuses on gender and ethnicity, and disability is overlooked.
  • Increases awareness of the many business benefits of hiring employees who have a disability.

The lighting will begin at 6 pm and conclude 7:30 am on Oct. 23.

Learn more about National Disability Employment Awareness Month and the Light It Up campaign.