Updated: July 13, 2018
From left, Amanda Reaume, Kent Loftsgard, Jessica Leung, and Vivian Ly are people living with varying disabilities who say they have to be involved in drafting any new accessibility legislation.
For Amanda Reaume, acquiring a disability meant awakening to a civil rights movement in a way made possible only through lived experience.
Last year, the 33-year-old writer suffered a brain injury that left her with balance problems and having to relearn how to walk and talk at the same time. She returned to work in Vancouver six months later but with a new, invisible disability.
B.C. Residents With Disabilities Demand a Say on Proposed Accessibility Law full article
By Michelle McQuigge The Canadian Press
Mon., May 29, 2017
Carla Qualtrough, the minister tasked with crafting laws to make Canada more accessible to people with disabilities, says employment will be a key focus of her efforts.
Public consultations on Canada’s first national law for disabled people have identified high unemployment rates, inaccessible buildings and barriers in transportation as some of the key issues that need to be addressed.
The priorities were laid out in a report, released by the federal government Monday, summarizing eight months of consultations held with Canadians from coast to coast.
Canada’s New Accessibility Laws Should Focus on Employment, Inclusive Buildings, Transport full article
Blog Canadian Labour and Employment Law
Baker & McKenzie
Jonathan D. Cocker.
Canada October 3 2016
True to their October 2015 campaign promise, the federal government has recently commenced a cross-country consultation process with Canadians aimed at developing national accessibility legislation.
Targeting Barriers from Sea to Sea to Sea
These federal sessions are tasked with the laudable goal of targeting barriers impacting Canadians ability to fully participate in daily activities, such as:
Sunny Ways? More Accessibility Legislation Coming full article
- physical and architectural barriers that impede the ability to move freely in the built environment, use public transportation, access information or use technology;
- attitudes, beliefs and misconceptions that some people may have about people with disabilities and what they can and cannot do; and