International Day of Persons with Disability 2016

Independent Living Canada invites Canadians to join their voices for a more inclusive Canada Nov 28th (Ottawa, Ontario)

In preparation for the 2016 International Day of Persons with Disability (IDPD) Independent Living Canada has an ambitious goal: Get thousands of Canadians from across the country to add their voice by signing their Declaration on their campaign page: http://www.ilcanada.ca/idpd

We believe that everyone has the right to aspire to the philosophy of Independent Living. While people with disabilities have made great strides in our country, too many still face barriers in daily living. Persistent gaps remain in areas such as employment, income, social inclusion, transportation and accessibility. Because we aspire to an all-inclusive and accessible society where people with disabilities are valued equally and participate fully, we believe these are issues that should be addressed now, to make Canada a better place.

On December 2nd, our Declaration will be delivered to the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities. Independent Living Canada (ILC) is a national organization supporting people living with disabilities across Canada. Their 25 accredited Centres are fully supporting this initiative and hope to collect thousands of signatures by December 2nd.

We urge Canadians to join us now. We can make a difference if we come together with one voice, from coast to coast. We want to show that we care about accessibility and independence for all.?» explains Diane Kruger, Chair, IL Canada.

Please add your voice to the declaration and learn more about what independent living means. Visit http://www.ilcanada.ca/idpd today!

Notes to Editors

Independent Living Canada is the national umbrella organization, representing and coordinating a network of Independent Living Centres at the national level. Independent Living Canada envisions an inclusive and accessible society where people with disabilities are valued equally and participate fully.

For more information on this day you can visit the UN website: http://www.un.org/en/events/disabilitiesday/

For more information or to request an interview:

Contact Marie-Eve Bertrand, marie@marieevebertrand.ca or 514-476-4523.