Selfadvocatenet.com in support of National Accessibility week from may 27 to June 2nd
reason is We need to change the way we think, talk and act about barriers to participation and accessibility.
And to remove barriers to give Canadians of all abilities a better chance to succeed.
selfadvocatenet.com will be doing is of highlighting some of the important initiatives the Government of Canada and its partners are undertaking to bring about this change.
May 27 to June 2, 2018, is National AccessAbility Week. This is a time for Canadians to promote inclusion and accessibility in our communities and workplaces, and celebrate the contributions of Canadians with disabilities. It is also a time to recognize the efforts of individuals, communities and workplaces who are actively removing barriers to give Canadians of all abilities a better chance to succeed.
We need to change the way we think, talk and act about barriers to participation and accessibility, and we need to do it right from the start, not as an afterthought. An inclusive Canada is one where all Canadians can participate and have an equal opportunity to succeed in their workplaces and communities.
National AccessAbility Week aims to bring this perspective to the forefront for Canadians, and highlight some of the important initiatives the Government of Canada and its partners are undertaking to bring about this change.
Proclamation from province of British Columbia about National Accessibility week
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Supporting greater inclusion for people with disabilities
Victoria Tuesday, May 29, 2018 11:30 AM
Two programs that help people with disabilities connect with services and supports in their communities will be expanding through new funding from the Province.
“We know how important it is for people with disabilities to be connected to the services and resources they need,” said Shane Simpson, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction. “This funding will help these organizations reach more people, and create positive changes for people living with a disability and their families.”
British Columbia Aboriginal Network on Disability Society (BCANDS), Canada’s first and only stand-alone organization serving Indigenous peoples with disabilities, is receiving $180,000 to expand its navigation supports for Indigenous peoples with disabilities.
“This new funding will assist the society to expand our urban disability case-management services, enabling us to reach more individuals and families in relation to addressing their disability related needs and priorities,” said Neil Belanger, executive director of BCANDS. “This includes housing, accessing disability and health-related services, employment, disability-related equipment and technology.”
Inclusion BC is receiving $270,000 to hire community inclusion advocates, to advocate for youth with developmental disabilities and their families.
“We all play a vital part in supporting and empowering people to live good lives in their communities,” said Faith Bodnar, executive director of Inclusion BC. “This funding will help us ensure Inclusion BC is working proactively, and that our support systems are empowered to respond to the needs and hopes of those we serve.”
As the first AccessAbility Week in B.C. is being celebrated May 27 through June 2, 2018, the provincial government is recognizing disability organizations, like BCANDS and Inclusion BC, and the individuals with disabilities and their families, who work to reduce barriers to give British Columbians of all abilities a better chance to succeed.
- The provincial government provides more than $5 billion annually to fund services and supports for people with disabilities in B.C.
- AccessAbility Week is an opportunity to celebrate the work being done to make British Columbia a fully accessible, inclusive province. It is a time to recognize the efforts of people, communities and workplaces that are actively removing barriers so that people of all abilities have a better chance to succeed.
BCANDS’ advocacy work includes a focus on the special cultural and practical considerations important and unique to Indigenous peoples with disabilities. To learn more: www.bcands.bc.ca
Inclusion BC is a federation of families, individuals and over 70 member agencies. They provide services throughout the province, and the demand for their services continues to grow. To learn more about Inclusion BC: http://inclusionbc.org/
View the AccessAbility Week proclamation: http://www.bclaws.ca/civix/document/id/proclamations/proclamations/AccessAbilityWk2018
See what government is doing to build a better B.C. for people with disabilities: www.gov.bc.ca/accessibility
For more information on support and services, visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/family-social-supports/services-for-people-with-disabilities/supports-services
Here is yesterdays news Rick Hansen getting funding
Province celebrates Rick Hansen Day by investing in accessibility
Victoria Monday, May 28, 2018 2:45 PM
A new grant to the Rick Hansen Foundation will support its work to make communities more accessible and inclusive, announced Premier John Horgan.
“Rick Hansen has been blazing a trail in support of people with disabilities in B.C., across the nation and around the globe, for over 30 years,” said Premier Horgan. “We are recognizing his efforts with a $10-million grant that will help his foundation continue its work to make communities more accessible and inclusive.”
The announcement of the grant for the Rick Hansen Foundation was made together with a proclamation of May 28, 2018, as Rick Hansen Day, in honour and recognition of his contributions to the province and the country. The day also marks the beginning of B.C.’s first AccessAbility Week.
“Our government is committed to making this province better for people living with disabilities,” said Shane Simpson, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction. “That’s why we are kicking off B.C.’s first ever AccessAbility Week by committing to work together with organizations like the Rick Hansen Foundation, to bring down barriers and improve accessibility in every part of the province.”
The $10-million grant will help the Rick Hansen Foundation further its existing programs, and push forward with new innovations.
“I am grateful to the Province for their continued support and recognition of the foundation, and their commitment to bringing about positive change in the lives of people with disabilities,” said Hansen. “Creating the barrier-free B.C., Canada, and the world that we want — and everyone deserves — is more than possible. Premier Horgan’s leadership is helping pave the path forward.”
Since 1988, the Rick Hansen Foundation has raised awareness, changed attitudes and removed barriers for people with disabilities, as well as funding spinal cord injury research and care.
- The Province has proclaimed May 27 to June 2, 2018, AccessAbility Week in B.C., to promote inclusion and accessibility, and recognize the efforts of individuals and organizations that actively remove barriers for people with disabilities in their communities.
- More than 500,000 British Columbians ages 15 and older, or 15% of the population, self-identify as having a disability.
- The population of people with disabilities is growing rapidly. One in seven Canadian adults have a disability, and as the population continues to age, this number is expected to grow to one in five by 2036.
- The provincial government provides up to $5 billion annually to fund services and supports that support people with disabilities in B.C.
To learn more about accessibility in B.C., visit: www.gov.bc.ca/accessibility
If you are living with a disability in B.C., there are programs and services available to you: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/family-social-supports/services-for-people-with-disabilities/supports-services
To learn more about the Rick Hansen Foundation, visit: www.rickhansen.com/
BC Govt Announcement on national Acessability week
Province declares AccessAbility Week in B.C.
VICTORIA Sunday, May 27, 2018 9:00 AM
The contributions of people with disabilities are being celebrated during British Columbia’s first AccessAbility Week, May 27 to June 2, 2018.
“AccessAbility Week is a time to recognize the people, communities and organizations that are actively increasing opportunities and removing barriers, so people of all abilities have a better chance to succeed,” said Shane Simpson, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction. “It’s an opportunity to focus on making our neighbourhoods more welcoming for people with disabilities, and working together to build the most accessible, inclusive province in Canada.”
Events and announcements are being held throughout the week, wrapping up with Access Awareness Day June 2. Communities throughout the province are hosting events and supporting activities that promote the importance of inclusion and accessibility for people with disabilities.
The celebrations are supported by $10,000 in provincial funding to the Social Planning and Research Council of BC (SPARC BC).
- More than 500,000 British Columbians aged 15 and older, or 15% of the population, self-identify as having a disability.
- The population of people with disabilities is growing rapidly. One in seven Canadian adults has a disability, and as the population continues to age, this number is expected to grow to one in five by 2036.
- The provincial government provides up to $5 billion annually to fund services and supports to people with disabilities in B.C.
To get information on government accessibility initiatives, visit: www.gov.bc.ca/accessibility
To find out more about Access Awareness Day events on June 2, 2018, visit: http://www.sparc.bc.ca/
BC Govt Website
Federal Govt Announcement about national Accessibility week
Minister Duncan launches National AccessAbility Week 2018
May 27, 2018 Gatineau, Quebec Employment and Social Development Canada
The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, today issued the following statement:
“I am proud to launch the second annual National AccessAbility Week, which is taking place from May 27 to June 2, 2018. The week provides a great opportunity to celebrate, highlight and promote inclusion and accessibility in communities and workplaces across the country. This is a time to showcase the efforts that are being made by all to remove barriers so that people with disabilities can fully participate in our economy and society.
As a leader, we will be introducing accessibility legislation that will help eliminate barriers that people with disabilities continue to face in sectors under federal jurisdiction.
I encourage everyone to join in the celebrations. Find out more about the events taking place in your communities during the week and how you can participate and help spread the word on social media. I invite you to visit the National AccessAbility Week website for more information.
During National AccessAbility Week 2018, let’s take time to highlight the valuable contributions that Canadians with visible and invisible disabilities make to our great country.
Canada is at its best and all of society benefits when everyone is included.”
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For more information (media only), please contact:
Office of the Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities
819-934-1122 / TTY: 1-866-702-6967
Events of week for National Accessibility week