Diversability is the new way of viewing different abilities

Quesnel's Dengarry Professional Services is celebrating diversability

td. is celebrating diversity in the workplace by recognizing local businesses with new “DiversABILITY” stickers to display.

Job coaches with Dengarry Professional Services Ltd. offer customized employment services to individuals with developmental diversabilities to support them, the job seekers, in obtaining and maintaining employment.

What is Diversability?  Diversability is a word that could be used instead of disability.

Disability still says “DIS”.  BUT Diversability celebrates diversity in abilities.

Here is what an individual has to say about those words:

“The word “disabilities” is associated with the past and people’s negative experiences with institutions. I am looking to change the word to “diversabilities” because these institutions are now closed and I want to focus instead on the abilities of people now and in the future. People with diversabilities do not want to be a burden to society, but instead want to be contributors and participants in society.” (Shelley Decoste)

One of the challenges job seekers face is finding employers open to hiring people with developmental diversabilities.

There are tremendous rewards for the employer when hiring an individual with diversabilities, such as the individual with a developmental diversability is eager to work, committed, dedicated, proud to be a part of a team and contributing to the community.

Individuals with developmental diversabilities take pride in their job, even those consisting of more mundane repetitive tasks. This enables other employees to concentrate on their primary job.

One of the rewards for the job coaches is getting to hear the enthusiasm from employees when they talk about what they did at work and stating they love their job. They’re so happy, fulfilled and proud to be part of the work team.

These employees often remain in these jobs for extended periods of time, seeing their jobs as a career rather than just an entry level position, thus decreasing the employer’s turnover, creating a competent, consistent, efficient and effective business.

Dengarry Professional Services Ltd. is proud to recognize many businesses in Quesnel with the DiversABILITY work here sticker. These businesses recognize the

value of having a diverse workforce and reflecting the community they serve.

Part of the goal of recognizing businesses that demonstrate their belief in a diverse workplace is to inform consumers who may, in turn, choose to use their purchasing power to support such businesses. Please look for the DiversABILITY sticker and support those local businesses!

For more information, contact Stephanie Pomeroy and Ashley Rodgers at Dengarry Professional Services 250-992-7900 Ext 6 or Tim Hall and Regena Millard at Quesnel Employment Services 250-992-7691.

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