Changing way we think, talk and act about barriers to accessibility and inclusion

From: Employment and Social Development Canada

May 22, 2019 Gatineau, Québec Employment and Social Development Canada

Providing opportunities to promote accessibility and inclusion is a priority for the Government of Canada. From May 26 to June 1, Canada’s third National AccessAbility Week will celebrate the contributions of persons with disabilities and promote accessibility and inclusion in communities and workplaces across the country. This week is also an opportunity to recognize the efforts and accomplishments of those who are actively removing barriers so that everyone has an equal chance to participate in all aspects of Canadian society.

This year, the federal government will focus on five themes that reflect key priorities identified during consultations with Canadians to inform the development of Bill C-81, the proposed Accessible Canada Act. These themes are: Federal government leading by example, Employment, Youth, Communications and Technology, and the Built Environment.

To help create wider organizational and cultural change on accessibility in Canada, the Government of Canada, through the Social Development Partnership Program’s Disability Component, is providing support to not-for-profit organizations that remove barriers to social inclusion faced by persons with disabilities in each province and territory.

Funded projects encourage and recognize leadership, highlight community and regional innovation in accessibility, challenge attitudinal barriers to accessibility, and bring awareness to the importance of accessibility and inclusion. They also encourage Canadians to engage in new ways of thinking and speaking about accessibility, inclusion, and barriers to participation.

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