Celebrating National AccessAbility Week

Last week we celebrated National AccessAbility Week. On Wednesday May 31, 2023, I joined the City of Ottawa 20th annual AccessAbility Day activities with Mayor Sutcliffe delivering the Proclamation of AccessAbility Day in Ottawa followed by a variety of engaging speakers who shared their perspectives on the topic.

On Thursday June 01, 2023, myself and the team at ABLE2 had the honor of meeting with Stephanie Cadieux, Canada’s Chief Accessibility Officer. Ms. Cadieux is an independent special advisor to the Ministry of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion. Her role, the first in Canada, was created under the Accessible Canada Act. She is responsible for monitoring and reporting on outcomes achieved under the Act, as well as providing the Minister of Employment and Social Development, The Honourable Carla Qualtrough with advice on systemic and emerging accessibility and disability inclusion issues.

The Accessible Canada Act (ACA) is a landmark federal legislation in Canada aimed at creating a barrier-free society by 2040. Ratified in 2010, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) served as a commitment by the Government of Canada to advance the rights of individuals with disabilities. The legislation established Accessibility Standards Canada (ASC) to develop national accessibility standards. ASC has established several technical committees that are actively developing standards that remove barriers in several different priority areas. Compliance with standards developed by ASC is voluntary unless they are adopted into regulations.

2040 is not that far away to fulfil Canada’s commitment to ensure that all Canadians, including the over 6 million individuals with disabilities, have equal opportunities to fully participate in society.

ABLE2’s work is part of the solution. Our belief in a society where everyone is included, valued and respected is at the heart of what we do. Our programs and services are designed to support people with disabilities achieve what they want in their life. That can be gaining their independence, creating a social network, obtaining an education or landing a job. We look forward to working with Ms. Cadieux and our other partners to achieve a Canada that celebrates everyone’s abilities and achievements.

To learn more about ABLE2’s programs and services please visit our website or contact me through LinkedIn.

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Heather Lacey

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