Media Release – Community Living Huntsville to Light It Up! for National Disability Employment Awareness Month

A smiling woman stands in the parking lot in front of a building. Text on building reads: Community Living Huntsville.

Diane Lupton, Manager, Community Supports, says Community Living Huntsville works with employees and employers to promote and support disability inclusion in the workplace. Photo by Community Living Huntsville.

NORTH MUSKOKA – Community Living Huntsville will Light It Up! for National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2021 (NDEAM) in October.

NDEAM is an annual campaign led by the Ontario Disability Employment Network (ODEN) each October to promote disability inclusion in employment. And Light It Up! for NDEAM is a one-night-only, co-ordinated lighting event happening across Canada on Thursday, October 21, to bolster awareness.

“Access to employment is still a barrier for people with disabilities, including people in the Huntsville area,” says Diane Lupton, Manager, Community Supports, Community Living Huntsville. “Light It Up! for NDEAM helps keep the conversation about disability and employment, and the benefits of inclusive hiring, at the forefront with local businesses and community members.”

The not-for-profit organization will light up its office, 99 West Road, Huntsville, with purple and blue on October 21 in honour of NDEAM. Others are encouraged to do the same.

Disability often gets left out of the conversation about diversity and inclusion in the workplace. That is changing. Organizations that understand the power of investing in the talent of skilled people who have a disability invest in success.

Community Living Huntsville has provided Supported Employment services for adults with developmental disabilities in the Huntsville area since 1990 and has inclusive employment relationships with more than 125 local businesses and organizations.

Learn more about NDEAM at Ontario Disability Employment Network’s website and visit to learn more about Community Living Huntsville’s Supported Employment services.

Community Living Huntsville is a not-for-profit, registered charity that supports and advocates alongside people with developmental disabilities to live, work, and play in unique and purposeful ways in North Muskoka. Find more at or follow @clhuntsville on FacebookInstagram and Twitter. Light It Up! For NDEAM is a trademark of the Ontario Disability Employment Network. Used with permission.

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