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NATIONAL FEDERAL ACCESSIBILITY LEGISLATION
Canadians, communities and workplaces benefit when everyone can participate equally in everyday life. In 2016 the Government of Canada committed to developing new accessibility legislation to promote equality of opportunity and increase the inclusion and participation of Canadians who have disabilities or functional limitations.
Many Indigenous and non-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- outdated policies and practices affecting services to Indigenous persons living with disabilities within community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) in 2016 and 2017 BCANDS engaged 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 .
Click to HERE view the BCANDS Accessibility 1st Consultation report
Click to HERE view the BCANDS Accessibility 2nd Consultation report
This year, 2018, BCANDS will again be actively contacting and meeting with the Indigenous sector this time to raise awareness if the newly tabled legislation and promote the opportunities for discussion that will be available. Clink the links below for further information.
Backgrounder: Opportunities Fund enhancements support recruitment and retention of persons with disabilities
If you wish to speak directly to the BCANDS Accessibility Coordinator, Michelle Pedersen, please call toll free at 1-888-815-5511 ext. 212 or if calling from from the Victoria Capital Region (250) 381 – 7303 ext 212. You can contact Michelle by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Historical information on the accessibility legislation and the processes to date by the federal government can be seen by following the links below.
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