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National Accessibility Week

Selfadvocatenet.com is in support of National Accessibility Week of  May 27th, 2024 through to May 31st, 2024

 

 

This is a week dedicated to the celebration and inclusion of people of all abilities.

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What is National Accessibility Week About

National AccessAbility Week (NAAW) is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the contributions of Canadians with disabilities, as well as to promote accessibility and inclusion in all aspects of life.

This year’s theme isForward Together: Accessibility and Inclusion for All“. The Congress will kick-start National AccessAbility Week. It will support the sharing of insights to help shape accessible and inclusive communities and workplaces across Canada.

Accessibility Project Grants 2024/2025 – Coming Soon!

As part of the Province’s goal to improve accessibility for people with disabilities in BC, Disability Alliance BC was selected by the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction (MSDPR) to distribute funding to community-based “Accessibility Projects” beginning in 2018. Since then, over 80 projects have been funded throughout BC.

The Province has now announced that the grants will be available again in 2024/25. A total of $450,000 will be made available to BC-based not-for-profit organizations. Successful applicants will receive up to a $40,000 grant to implement a year-long project in 2025.

May 26th-June 1st is AccessAbility Week in BC and Canada and this year’s #NAAW theme is “Forward Together: Accessibility and Inclusion for All.” DABC is pleased to be able to once again distribute funds that will improve access and inclusion for people with disabilities in BC.

Applications will open on Friday, August 2nd, 2024.

These grants are for projects focusing on one of the following objectives to increase accessibility for people with disabilities:

  • Accessible employment;
  • Accessible emergency planning and response;
  • Accessible arts, culture and tourism;
  • Accessible sports and recreation;
  • Accessible education and learning;
  • Accessible community participation.

To apply:

  • Projects must be focused on community engagement rather than large capital costs such as accessibility improvements to buildings.
  • Eligible organizations must be not-for-profit organizations with a volunteer Board chosen by its membership, based in BC or with a base of operations in and sufficient capacity to deliver services in BC. They must operate primarily for community benefit and have services open to the public rather than restricted to their membership.
  • If an organization has received a grant in the past, they can reapply 5 years after their application was submitted (for example, if an organization applied in 2019 for a grant and did their project in 2020, they can reapply in 2024 to do a project in 2025).

Applications will be due on Friday September 12th at noon Pacific Time. Granting decisions are made by a Committee of representatives from DABC and other disability and community organizations from around BC. Successful applicants will receive funding in December, and implement their accessibility project in January 2025.

To learn more about the grants please see: https://disabilityalliancebc.org/program/accessibility-projects/.

At the bottom of this page (in the website’s footer) you can also click on “sign up for updates” and enter your email to be notified of when the CFP and applications are posted, when online information sessions will be held, and other announcements related to the grants and DABC’s work in general.

If you have any questions, please contact the Accessibility Projects Grants Coordinator, Danielle Gauld, at ap@dabc.ca

This is on Disability Alliance BC website go to the link here

 

Government of Canada announces new funding opportunity to strengthen youth leadership and increase accessibility

and inclusion

News release

May 30, 2024        Toronto, Ontario            Employment and Social Development Canada

Every day, youth across Canada and around the world are actively engaged in issues that matter to them, impacting not only their daily lives but also their future. This includes making positive change in their communities to remove barriers to achieving a fully accessible and inclusive country. The Government of Canada is committed to helping youth reach their full potential by developing leadership skills, gaining valuable experience, and making a positive difference in improving accessibility within their communities.

Today, as part of National AccessAbility Week 2024, Minister of Diversity, Inclusion and Persons with Disabilities, Kamal Khera, launched a new call for proposals (CFP) under the youth innovation component of the Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF). Under this new CFP, $1 million will be allocated to fund approximately 83 new youth-driven accessibility projects. For the occasion, the Minister visited the Toronto Jewish Disability Network in Toronto, Ontario, which offers resources and support to persons with disabilities and their families.

As a first step for this EAF Youth 2024 CFP process, Canadian youth between the ages of 15 and 30 are encouraged to apply to become a youth accessibility leader (YAL). YALs play an important role in helping identify barriers across Canadian communities by partnering with local organizations to assist them in securing up to $12,000 in accessibility project funding. Together, YALs and their partner organizations will have up to 12 months to complete their project.

Under this 2024 EAF youth innovation CFP, youth across Canada are invited to submit their expressions of interest in being designated a YAL online by October 4, 2024, at 3 p.m. EDT. Organizations partnering with a confirmed YAL must submit their application for project funding by 3 p.m. EDT online on November 1, 2024.

During her visit to the Toronto Jewish Disability Network, the Minister also announced $1,417,155 in funding to support 168 accessible projects through the EAF youth 2023 CFP process.

The EAF program supports the Government’s Disability Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP), which is focused on reducing poverty among persons with disabilities, helping persons with disabilities into good quality jobs, facilitating easier access to federal programs and services, and building accessible and inclusive communities while fostering a culture of inclusion.

Quotes

“Every day, young people are making transformative changes to make their communities more accessible. The youth innovation component of the Enabling Accessibility Fund is making sure they have the resources, skills, and opportunities to become ambitious and inspiring Youth Accessibility Leaders, leading the way in identifying barriers to accessibility and how best to address them.”

– Minister of Diversity, Inclusion and Persons with Disabilities, Kamal Khera

Quick facts

  • The 2022 Canada Survey on Disability found that 27% of Canadians aged 15 and over—or about 8 million persons—report as having at least one disability.
  • The EAF is a federal grants and contributions program that supports construction, renovation and retrofitting projects across Canada that improve the accessibility, safety and inclusion of persons with disabilities in communities and the labour market. Over 7,600 projects have been funded under the EAF since its launch in 2007.
  • Through targeted investments such as the Disability Inclusion Action Plan, the Government continues to deliver foundational support to persons with disabilities. Budget 2024 proposes key measures to support persons with disabilities including investments to: launch a new Canada Disability Benefit; expand the disability supports deduction; ensure access to essential drugs and medical devices; create a new Youth Mental Health Fund; and improve recruitment and assessment processes for persons with disabilities through the Federal Internship Program for Canadians with Disabilities
  • National AccessAbility Week (NAAW) 2024, runs from May 26 to June 1, and is a nationwide week of recognition that celebrates the many social, economic, and cultural achievements of persons with disabilities. The theme for NAAW 2024 is: “Forward Together: Accessibility and Inclusion for All”.

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Statement by the Prime Minister on National AccessAbility Week

“Today, as we mark the beginning of National AccessAbility Week, we celebrate the many contributions of persons with disabilities to our country, and renew our commitment to building a fair, inclusive, and accessible Canada for everyone.

“Eight million Canadians have a disability that impacts their daily lives. Unfortunately, many face barriers when it comes to pursuing an education, growing their careers, or getting opportunities to succeed. That’s why, almost five years ago, we passed the Accessible Canada Act – a landmark piece of legislation that aims to create a barrier-free Canada by 2040. And we’ve been moving forward with a lot more.

“Through our historic Disability Inclusion Action Plan, we’ve made our communities more inclusive and fair – from increasing job opportunities to reducing financial barriers. In the spirit of ‘Nothing Without Us’, a key principle of the Action Plan, we are working in partnership with Canada’s disability community to develop and implement their priorities. That’s why we’re launching the Canada Disability Benefit, which will provide direct financial support to over 600,000 low-income persons with disabilities. The initial design of the benefit ensures that it will be delivered to persons with disabilities who need it the most, as quickly as possible. The Canada Disability Benefit is an important initial step forward to improving the financial security of persons with disabilities, but we also recognize that more must be done. As a government, we will continue to work steadfastly to remove barriers, including financial barriers, for persons with disabilities.

“Budget 2024 made meaningful investments to support persons with disabilities, including to cover the cost of the medical forms required to apply for the Disability Tax Credit. This will help enable thousands of persons with disabilities to not only access the Canada Disability Benefit, but other important programs and services, such as the Canadian Dental Care Plan. And we are making legislative changes to make more expenses eligible for the Disability Supports Deduction, including for service animals, alternative computer input devices, work chairs, and bed positioning devices, to further reduce the barriers to accessing the supports that persons with disabilities need.

“Earlier this month, we hosted the first-ever National Air Accessibility Summit, which brought together partners from the disability community and the air sector to discuss solutions to make air travel accessible and inclusive for all Canadians. The industry agreed to adopt a common intake form for passengers with disabilities to simplify their travel preparation, and to enhance data collection and sharing. Canada will also work with international partners, including the International Civil Aviation Organization, to ensure that transportation is accessible and barrier-free so that everyone with a disability has an inclusive, comfortable, and dignified experience when travelling by air.

“Canada wins when we are all included. This week, I encourage Canadians to reflect on the ways we can work together to remove barriers, promote accessibility, and secure fairness for every generation.”

This is on Justin Trudeau website go to the link here

 

Organizations invited to apply for funding under the National AccessAbility Week call for proposals to promote accessibility and disability inclusion

News release

May 29, 2024        Gatineau, Quebec            Employment and Social Development Canada

Every Canadian deserves to fully participate in a country that is free of physical, societal and attitudinal barriers. The Government of Canada is committed to invest and support community projects that help remove barriers to accessibility, increase disability inclusion, and provide greater opportunities for persons with disabilities across every province and territory.

Today, as part of National AccessAbility Week (NAAW) 2024, Minister of Diversity, Inclusion and Persons with Disabilities, Kamal Khera, launched a new call for proposals (CFP) under the Accessible Canada Fund – NAAW stream of the Social Development Partnerships Program – Disability component (SDPP-D).

Under this new CFP, up to $2 million over two years is available to support up to 20 projects that will help:

  • improve understanding and knowledge among Canadians about accessibility and disability inclusion, including through NAAW activities taking place in 2025 and 2026;
  • reduce stigma and attitudinal barriers towards persons with disabilities; and,
  • share best practices and lessons learned within the disability community on NAAW activities, to help support the broader culture change objectives of the Accessible Canada Act.

The Minister also announced that 12 organizations across the country received approximately $1.5 million in funding over two years as a result of the 2022 call for proposals under the same program.

The Accessible Canada Fund under the SDPP-D, supports the goal set by the Accessible Canada Act of building a country, free of physical, societal and attitudinal barriers, as well as the Disability Inclusion Action Plan, the Government’s blueprint for change to make Canada more inclusive for persons with disabilities.

Quotes

“In the spirit of “Forward Together: Accessibility and Inclusion for All”, this year’s theme for National AccessAbility Week, our government will continue to support actions and initiatives across the country that contribute to remove barriers to accessibility. Through the Accessible Canada Fund, we are partnering with key frontline organizations who are making a difference on the ground and leading the way on building an accessible and inclusive Canada for everyone.”

Minister of Diversity, Inclusion and Persons with Disabilities, Kamal Khera

Quick facts

  • According to the latest 2022 Canada Survey on Disability, 27% of Canadians aged 15 and over—or about 8 million persons—report as having at least one disability.
  • National AccessAbility Week (NAAW) 2024, runs from May 26 to June 1, and is a nationwide week of recognition that celebrates the many social, economic, and cultural achievements of persons with disabilities. The theme for NAAW 2024 is: “Forward Together: Accessibility and Inclusion for All”.
  • The Accessible Canada Fund – NAAW stream under SDPP-D provides grant funding to projects that raise awareness of the importance of accessibility and disability inclusion in different sectors, workplaces and communities across Canada.
  • Under this new CFP, eligible organizations have until July 17, 2024, at 3 p.m. (EDT) to apply for funding by going to the Accessible Canada Fund – NAAW stream webpage and accessing the Application for Funding Form and instructions.
  • Through targeted investments such as the Disability Inclusion Action Plan, the Government continues to deliver foundational support to persons with disabilities. Budget 2024 proposes key measures to support persons with disabilities including investments to: launch a new Canada Disability Benefit; expand the disability supports deduction; ensure access to essential drugs and medical devices; create a new Youth Mental Health Fund; and improve recruitment and assessment processes for persons with disabilities through the Federal Internship Program for Canadians with Disabilities.

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Government of Canada launches a call for proposals and

invests in projects that increase accessibility in communities across Canada

 

News release

May 28, 2024                   Gatineau, Quebec                  Employment and Social Development Canada


More inclusive and accessible spaces, services and workplaces are critical to helping Canadians, including persons with disabilities, to fully participate and meaningfully contribute to society and the economy. The Government of Canada is strongly committed to support organizations that increase accessibility and inclusion in their communities and contributing to creating a barrier-free access for everyone.

Today, as part of National AccessAbility Week 2024, the Minister of Diversity, Inclusion and Persons with Disabilities, Kamal Khera, launched a new call for proposals (CFP) under the small projects component of the Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF).

Under this new CFP, $14.7 million has been allocated to fund approximately 150 small scale construction projects across the country. Each project could receive up to $125,000, and priority will be given to accessibility projects led by Indigenous organizations and projects led by organizations that deliver services to support persons with disabilities living in poverty, such as shelters, food banks and clothing charities.

Minister Khera also announced over $18.7 million in funding for 264 projects submitted under the EAF small 2022 CFP process that are driving positive change in communities across the country. This funding is in addition to the $70.8 million announced in May 2023, for 902 accessibility projects that are helping to increase the social and labour market participation of persons with disabilities, which brings the Government’s total investment under the 2022 CFP to more than $89 million.

The EAF program supports the Government’s Disability Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP), which is focused on reducing poverty among persons with disabilities, helping persons with disabilities into good quality jobs, facilitating easier access to federal programs and services, and building accessible and inclusive communities while fostering a culture of inclusion.

Organizations have until 3:00 p.m. EDT on July 23, 2024 to submit a proposal online at  Enabling Accessibility Fund – Small Projects.

Quotes

“There is no better time than National AccessAbility Week to acknowledge the impact organizations across the country are having in building truly accessible communities and workplaces. Through the Enabling Accessibility Fund, our government is proud to support those community champions who, project by project, are creating a Canada for everyone, where barrier-free access and disability inclusion are the norm.”

– Minister of Diversity, Inclusion and Persons with Disabilities, Kamal Khera

Quick facts

  • The 2022 Canada Survey on Disability found that 27% of Canadians aged 15 and over—or about 8 million persons—report as having at least one disability.
  • The EAF is a federal grants and contributions program that supports infrastructure projects across Canada that improve the accessibility, safety and inclusion of persons with disabilities in communities and the labour market. The small projects component of the EAF provides funding for small scale construction projects that help persons with disabilities to gain access to programs, services and employment opportunities. Over 7,600 projects have been funded under the EAF since its launch in 2007.
  • Online information sessions will be offered to support organizations through the application process for the new EAF Small CFP. English and French sessions will be held in June and July. Details on session dates, times and registration information can be found on-line at Enabling Accessibility Fund – Small Projects.
  • Budget 2024 proposes key measures to support persons with disabilities including investments to: launch a new Canada Disability Benefit; expand the disability supports deduction; ensure access to essential drugs and medical devices; create a new Youth Mental Health Fund; and improve recruitment and assessment processes for persons with disabilities through the Federal Internship Program for Canadians with Disabilities.
  • National AccessAbility Week (NAAW) 2024, runs from May 26 to June 1, 2024, and is a nationwide week of recognition that celebrates the many social, economic, and cultural achievements of persons with disabilities. The theme for NAAW 2024 is: “Forward Together: Accessibility and Inclusion for All”.

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Government of Canada hosting the third annual Canadian Congress on

Disability Inclusion, kickstarting National AccessAbility Week 2024

News release

May 22, 2024              Gatineau, Quebec              Employment and Social Development Canada

Over 1 in 4 Canadians aged 15 years and older have one or more disabilities that limit them in their daily activities. Since achieving the significant milestone of passing the Accessible Canada Act, the Government of Canada has been fully engaged in creating a barrier-free country and ensuring the full participation of all Canadians in society, including persons with disabilities.

On May 23, 2024, Minister of Diversity, Inclusion and Persons with Disabilities, Kamal Khera, will open the third annual Canadian Congress on Disability Inclusion. This year, the theme is “Forward Together: Accessibility and Inclusion for All”, highlighting the need for collective efforts from all sectors and levels of society to realize a barrier-free Canada by 2040. The Congress will also kickstart nationwide celebrations for National AccessAbility Week 2024, under the same theme.

The Congress is accessible, virtual, free and open to all. In the true spirit of Nothing Without Us, it provides an opportunity for persons with disabilities, disability organizations, public and private organizations, academics, innovators, and thought leaders to share their insights and best practices to help shape accessible and inclusive communities and workplaces. Panel discussions will focus on the progress of the Accessible Canada Act, inclusively built environments and accessible employment, while Prasanna Ranganathan, founding board member of the Disability Screen Office, will deliver a keynote address. Celebrations of Canadian athletes and artists with disabilities will also be featured throughout the day.

Everyone is encouraged to visit the Canadian Congress on Disability Inclusion webpage to register or to obtain more information.

Quotes

“We’ve come a long way since the Accessible Canada Act came into force five years ago, and the progress we’ve made so far is because we have been deliberate and persistent in making the choice of inclusion and accessibility. I look forward to the important conversations that will take place during both the Canadian Congress on Disability Inclusion and National AccessAbility Week across the country. It is incumbent upon all of us, as leaders, as advocates, and truly as Canadians, to work to build a fairer, more inclusive and accessible country for all, and for generations to come.’’

– Kamal Khera, Minister of Diversity, Inclusion and Persons with Disabilities

Quick facts

  • The Accessible Canada Act came into force in July 2019. It was developed following inclusive and accessible federal consultations with the disability community. It established a framework to make Canada barrier-free through the proactive identification, removal, and prevention of barriers.
  • National AccessAbility Week is a formally legislated week under the Accessible Canada Act. It is championed by the Minister of Diversity, Inclusion and Persons with Disabilities and provides an opportunity to:
    • celebrate the valuable contributions and leadership of Canadians with disabilities;
    • highlight the work of people, organizations and communities that are removing barriers; and
    • reflect on ongoing efforts to become a more accessible and disability inclusive Canada
  • In 2023, over 3,000 participants registered for the second annual Canadian Congress on Disability Inclusion hosted by Employment and Social Development Canada.
  • Canada’s first-ever National Air Accessibility Summit was held on May 9, 2024. The Summit brought together representatives from the disability community, the airline industry and government organizations to identify concrete solutions that would make air travel accessible for all Canadians.
  • Budget 2024 proposes key measures to support persons with disabilities including investments to: launch a new Canada Disability Benefit; expand the disability supports deduction; ensure access to essential drugs and medical devices; create a new Youth Mental Health Fund; and improve recruitment and assessment processes for persons with disabilities through the Federal Internship Program for Canadians with Disabilities.

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Advancing Accessible Communication for People with an Intellectual Disability

In 2019, the Government of Canada passed a new law called the Accessible Canada Act. There is also a plain language version of this law. The Accessible Canada Act’s goal is to create a country without barriers for all people – especially people with disabilities. The law applies to programs and services that the federal government controls. The law focuses on barriers in seven main areas. One of these areas is communication.

Having a law is the first step to creating an accessible Canada. The next step is to create Accessibility Standards. Accessibility Standards are rules that help organizations find and remove barriers.

The federal government gave funding to community groups to help them with this work. For the past three years, Inclusion Canada, People First of Canada and the CAMH Azrieli Adult Neurodevelopmental Centre have been exploring ways to make information more accessible for people with intellectual disabilities and their families. We’re excited to share what we’ve learned with the Government of Canada and with you!

Read the Plain Language Research Report we prepared for the Government of Canada. It talks about barriers and best practices for accessible communication for people with intellectual disabilities. The full report is available in Plain English and Plain French.

See an Easy Read version of the Recommendations from this project. This Easy Read is available in English and French.

Read the Best Practice Info Sheets. These 5 documents explain how to use Easy Read documents, videos, audio, images, and more to make information accessible to people with intellectual disabilities.

  • Best Practices for Easy Read available in English and French.
  • Best Practices for Videos available in English and French.
  • Best Practices for Audio Resources available in English and French.
  • Best Practices for Participation Guides available in English and French.
  • Best Practices for Using Images available in English and French.

This project received financial support from Accessible Standards Canada.

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Other Stories with National Accessibility Week

The Self-Advocates of Semiahmoo (SAS) Event

Thank you to all the amazing people who came out in the rain to celebrate National Access Ability Week at the Surrey Access Walk & Roll with us.

Your joy, excitement and energy made this day amazing, despite the torrential downpour. We were blown away by the turnout!
This is all possible due with generous funded support from @UNITI ensuring SAS can make change through positive relationships.
Our gratitude to our elected officials, MLA Trevor Halford and Councilor Linda Annis, for attending, especially regarding MLA Halford’s speech in support of Accessibility. We’d also like to mention Brella, the Equal Access Collective, DABC, and Special Olympics for hosting booths in the rain, and bringing their A Game today!
We recognize all the people who advocate tirelessly in our communities for inclusion, equity and accessibility throughout the year and encourage everyone to celebrate them this week.

How Do You Catch a Bus If You Can’t See?

Metro Vancouver’s TransLink has an app for that, helping blind and low-vision riders navigate complex transit systems.

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Events for National Accessibility Week

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