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Canadians, communities and workplaces benefit when everyone can participate equally in everyday life. The Government of Canada has committed to developing new planned accessibility legislation to promote equality of opportunity and increase the inclusion and participation of Canadians who have disabilities or functional limitations.
Many Indigenous Canadians continue to face barriers that affect their ability to participate fully in their communities. Some of these barriers may include:
- physical barriers within community;
- access to information or technology;
- lack of / inadequate disability related programs / supports
- attitudes, beliefs and misconceptions about Indigenous persons living with disabilities and what they can and cannot do; and
- outdated policies and practices affecting services to Indigenous persons living with disabilities within community
Through a funding agreement with Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) BCANDS is engaging Indigenous communities, Indigenous individuals and families living with disabilities, service providers and provincial and federal governments in relation to the new Federal Accessibility Legislation for their input, expertise and direction for the new legislation.
(Pictured above: The Honourable Carla Qualtrough Federal Minister of Sport and Disability with BCANDS Board President Stephen Lytton at the Victoria, BC, community accessibility consultation)
Throughout 2017 BCANDS will be actively contacting and meeting with the Indigenous sector and we could use your help. Please take the time to complete one of our surveys and share the surveys with your contacts, your input is vital.
Click to HERE view the BCANDS January 2017 – March 2017 Accessibility Consultation report.
Please click on the relevant link below to access the BCANDS Accessibility Survey
If you wish to speak directly to the BCANDS Accessibility Coordinator please call toll free at 1-888-815-5511 ext. 201 or if calling from from the Victoria Capital Region (250) 381 – 7303 ext 208. You can contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Information on the accessibility legislation and the processes to date by the federal government can be seen by following the link below.
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