The United States started an initiative to raise disability employment awareness back in 1945. Many provinces in Saskatchewan have deemed October Disability Employment Awareness Month and Inclusion.

"DEAM of Disability Employment Awareness Month is an annual awareness campaign that takes place each October," says Chantal Rasmuson, Employment Consultant with Midale Central School. "The purpose of DEAM is to promote employment inclusion for people with disabilities and to celebrate the many and vary contributions of workers with disabilities."

Midale Central School is trying something completely new this year and really focusing on the importance to disability in the workplace. This year's theme is "Inclusive Workplace Cultures." It is important for Canadian employers to demonstrate their ongoing commitment to Canadians with disabilities and employment inclusion.

People with barriers, due to a disability, generally do not receive the help they need until after high school, which is too late. Midale is helping students from Grade 6 to 12 to prepare them for the transition in the working world. This helps the students grow as an individual and have success after high school.

"We engage in a variety of promotional activities to raise public awareness of disability employment issues and the role that everyone plays in fostering a disability-friendly work culture," adds Rasmuson. "We want to spread the important message that a strong workforce is one inclusive to the skills and talents of all individuals."

Midale Central School is not only focusing on students with disabilities but is hoping to teach those without to help them understand why some students require special help. Some disabilities are unseen, such as learning disabilities. The school is hoping to set up activity centers so students can experience what it's like to live with a disability like dyslexia or autism as well as physical disabilities.

Midale Central School will see Riley Raynard visiting the school to speak with students. Raynard has muscular dystrophy and is in a wheelchair. His dream was to become a racecar driver and he has been successful in the hobby stock industry. Raynard along with other tentative speakers will speak to the students about following your dreams, living with a disability and how to get over life's hurdles.

More Local News

Update: Accident on HW 39 and 3rd St

There has been a vehicle accident at the intersection where 3rd Street meets Highway 39. Drivers were asked to avoid the area until clean up was completed. It appears a truck and a car collided. We…

Weybex Awards Approaching

The Weybex Awards are coming up soon. Held by the Weyburn Chamber of Commerce every two years, the event celebrates the best of business in the community. The nomination process is now open, and…

Elm Tree Pruning Ban Approaching

Residents of Weyburn, and of the province, have until the end of the month to take care of any pruning of elm trees they want to do. The annual ban takes effect on April 1st, and runs until August…

Federal & Provincial Governments to Invest $41 Million into Childcare

The government of Canada and the government of Saskatchewan have announced an investment of over $41 million to go towards improving access to quality childcare. "It's going to create some great…

Crocus 80 Preparing for TheatreFest

TheatreFest 2018, a province-wide week-long theatre competition is just over a week away from coming to Weyburn. There are seven theatre companies coming across Saskatchewan to perform their entries…

Permanent Principal Position Confirmed for Weyburn Comprehensive School

South East Cornerstone Public School Division announced today that Ryan Fowler has accepted the permanent position of Principal for Weyburn Comprehensive School, starting September 2018. "The…

New Urban Forestry Bylaw Now In Effect

The City of Weyburn has recently made changes to the Urban Forestry bylaw. The changes, passed at city council last Monday, are the first updates to the bylaw in 30 years. A number of the changes…

Midale Urging Residents to Conserve Water

The water treatment plant in Midale will be going offline, starting Wednesday and for the remainder of the week, to allow for upgrades to be made to the facility. Linda Dugan is the town…

Big Changes to Agricultural Society Summer Events

The Highlight for many from Weyburn and Area is the Summer Events organised by Weyburn's Agricultural Society. This year changes have been made to the programming. "We have lots of big changes coming…

Drivers on Cannabis Face Consequences

The Weyburn Police Service have reported three instances of drivers licenses being suspended last week. A breath test revealed alcohol consumption for one driver who was given a three-day license… is Weyburn's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide

Creative Writing

05 March 2018 7:00 pm - 26 March 2018 9:00 pm

Signal Hill Arts Centre, Weyburn

Just Cooking

08 March 2018 6:30 pm - 29 March 2018 9:00 pm

Signal Hills Arts Centre, Weyburn

Clay Wind Chimes for ages 6-12

10 March 2018 10:00 am - 24 March 2018 12:00 pm

Signal Hill Arts Centre, Weyburn

Print Making for ages 9-12

12 March 2018 6:30 pm - 26 March 2018 7:30 pm

Signal Hill Arts Centre, Weyburn

Hand Building in Clay for ages 6-8 or 9-12

14 March 2018 5:30 pm - 18 April 2018 8:00 pm

Signal Hill Arts Centre, Weyburn

61st Annual Young Fellows Internet Auction

15 March 2018 12:00 am - 28 April 2018 9:00 pm

Internet Auction

Prairie's Got the Goods Week

19 March 2018 12:00 pm - 23 March 2018 1:00 pm