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  • What's New | Barrier Free Manitoba
    Act AODA Other Resources Links Endorsers Effective Implementation Strong Legislation You Can Help Make Manitoba Barrier Free Spread the Word Endorse the Call Subscribe Follow Us on Twitter Join Us on Facebook To increase decrease the font PC ctrl ctrl MAC command command ILRC prepares Ombudsman complaint about Handi Transit Oct 16 2015 Picture and Content from the October 16th Edition of the Winnipeg Free Press Handi Transit is a

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  • What's New | Barrier Free Manitoba
    Resources Links Endorsers Effective Implementation Strong Legislation You Can Help Make Manitoba Barrier Free Spread the Word Endorse the Call Subscribe Follow Us on Twitter Join Us on Facebook To increase decrease the font PC ctrl ctrl MAC command command Great News on the Federal Election Front Oct 05 2015 We are pleased to share the great news on the federal election front three of the five major parties running in the federal election have now committed to introducing a Canadians with Disabilities Act if they form the next government The Liberal Party of Canada made this commitment earlier today http www liberal ca realchange a new health accord On September 29 2015 the NDP made the commitment to Introduce a Canadians with Disabilities Act which will seek to eliminate systemic barriers that Canadians with disabilities face Develop a National Action Plan to implement the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Work with provinces territories indigenous communities and disability organizations to review and coordinate income supports and Defend the rights of Canadians with disabilities by reinstating the Court Challenges Program and fixing the CPP disability appeals process The Green Party promised to support passage of the Canadians with Disabilities Act earlier in the campaign The only two major parties in this federal election that have not yet pledged to support passage of a Canadians with Disabilities Act are the Conservative Party of Canada and the Bloc Quebecois This remarkable progress has been made possible by the exceptional work of Barrier Free Canada While Barrier Free Manitoba endorsed their efforts we cannot take any of the credit The many involved with Barrier Free Canada have worked tirelessly to get these commitments We extend our earnest thanks and hearty congratulations This wonderful progress demonstrates yet again the major difference

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  • What's New | Barrier Free Manitoba
    Family Services Kerri Irvin Ross minister responsible for persons with disabilities announced today All Manitobans have the right to access government programs and services But sometimes physical structures technology poorly planned policies and practices create barriers making it difficult for some people to access the programs and services they deserve Minister Irvin Ross said By identifying and removing these barriers we will create a more inclusive society for all Manitobans Under the Accessibility for Manitobans Act AMA beginning in 2016 the provincial government all larger public sector organizations and municipalities must develop a multi year accessibility plan that will identify barriers in their policies programs and services and propose ways to eliminate them the minister said Smaller municipalities and public sector bodies will have until 2017 to complete accessibility plans Accessibility legislation moves Manitoba away from dealing with barriers on a case by case basis instead it offers a pro active and systemic approach to preventing and eliminating barriers said Allen Mankewich co chairperson Manitoba League of Persons with Disabilities Increasingly Manitobans are taking the initiative to make their communities and services more inclusive Accessibility legislation will help guide this process This is an important step toward removing the barriers that prevent people with disabilities from fully participating in all aspects of society said Jim Derksen vice chair Accessibility Advisory Council The council is pleased to have played a role in consulting with the public and advising government on its accessibility legislation Accessibility legislation recognizes that barriers prevent Manitobans with disabilities from going places using services and getting information Minister Irvin Ross said Barriers can be in such areas as building design information services and hiring practices The legislation will apply to all organizations public private and non profit that provide goods or services and that have one or more

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  • What's New | Barrier Free Manitoba
    a bicycle If they have a pile of stuff they can hire a cab to take it to their cottage But it is different for people living with disabilities especially if they use a wheelchair A tiny piece of pea gravel can stop a wheelchair dead in its tracks Imagine if you use a wheelchair and your cottage is a few blocks away down dirt and gravel roads It may as well be on top of Mount Everest It s something Janis Ollson who after cancer surgery uses a wheelchair and a modified van to get around learned recently when she applied for a pass so she could accompany her two children to the beach for swimming lessons She says she was told her application would be rejected but the local reeve said last week it was approved Either way it s not the way things should be done in 2015 and she is considering launching a human rights challenge Back when my family was looking across southern Manitoba for a cottage a decade or so ago we briefly checked out Victoria Beach We questioned the young staff people manning the front gate about how we could access a cottage with a child who uses a wheelchair They said it would be no problem being able to drive her to the cottage once we received a special pass We figured we d better phone someone at the municipal office before even considering making such a large investment there The good news was we could apply for a disability pass for our wheelchair vehicle to take our daughter to and from the cottage The bad news was we could get a disability pass for our wheelchair vehicle to take our daughter to and from the cottage That s because we learned the pass didn t allow you to park your wheelchair van at the cottage It would mean that on a typical Friday night we would be able to drive to our cottage to drop off our daughter in a wheelchair drive our wheelchair van back to the giant parking lot outside the restricted area and then make our way back to the cottage on foot by bicycle or by cab The next day if we wanted to go to the beach had to take her to a hospital for an ear infection or wanted to take her somewhere else we would have to make our way back to the parking lot get the van drive back to the cottage put her into the van and drive off once again repeating the process in reverse when we returned And having to do this repeatedly every weekend we went up there It also meant I wouldn t have been able to go by myself with our daughter to the cottage because I wouldn t have been able to leave her alone for a few minutes Imagine if I was the lone person in the wheelchair It would be impossible Not surprisingly we

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  • What's New | Barrier Free Manitoba
    inspired readers around the world after she was virtually cut in half to remove cancer then embraced her life with amazing gusto This week some of the wind was knocked out of her sails at Victoria Beach when she tried to take her kids to swimming lessons She was told she couldn t take her kids ages eight and 11 in her wheelchair van into the community due to its restricted vehicle access That s the part that really does bother me she said Not only was I made to feel unwelcome based on a mobility issue but it s affecting my children They shouldn t be penalized because their mom s in a wheelchair Victoria Beach Reeve Brian Hodgson said Wednesday that Ollson should have ensured she had a vehicle permit before signing her kids up for swimming lessons These things take time Ollson said she spoke to the reeve earlier this week and he seemed adamant she isn t a local resident and if Victoria Beach issues a wheelchair van permit for her then more people will ask for them He more or less said we have a bylaw with restrictions for vehicles in the park and we re enforcing that bylaw If everybody brought in their vehicle you wouldn t be upholding the bylaw or preserving the way of life in there said Ollson He said I understand and sympathize with you but I m representing the people But on Wednesday Hodgson said council had voted in favour of granting Ollson a vehicle permit Ollson said it was too little too late Unfortunately it comes only after making me feel excluded and unwanted She had already asked for a refund on her kids swimming lessons that were supposed to start Monday and is considering a formal human

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  • What's New | Barrier Free Manitoba
    have been accessible he can attest to the fact there are many insidious ways in which the culture of live music boxes out fans who have disabilities Many of the venues Mankewich frequents such as the Pyramid Cabaret and the Garrick Centre have generaladmission floors meaning there is no assigned seating and where there is no assigned seating there is no designated area for wheelchairs So while Mankewich is able to make it in the door what happens after that is largely left up to the goodwill of his fellow concertgoers Oftentimes I m just there amongst the crowd staring at people s backs which is frustrating he says I pay just as much as everyone else to be there Safety is also a concern If there s a fight someone s going to fall on me he says It impedes my ability to enjoy the show In the past he s tried to politely push his way to the front in an effort to improve his sightline He s been met with irritation from his fellow concertgoers I ve been told off a few times So now I tend to hang back mind my own business and listen to what I can t see Getting tickets for assigned seating shows through Ticketmaster s Canadian site is also an issue While the MTS Centre for example does offer 11 sections with accessible seating in the lower and upper bowls available at all events you can t indicate online whether you need an accessible seat Every time you call in it s a halfhour of your time Mankewich says He notes too at other seated venues there aren t always accessible seats in every price range Ticketmaster s U S site meanwhile allows users to indicate whether they need an accessible seat and a representativeactually calls when tickets goon sale so fans don t miss out Going to a concert with a group of friends is also out for Mankewich Accessibleseating is often at a premiumand as such he s only allowed to bring one companion He s been to shows at inaccessible local venues such as the Cavern and the Windsor In those cases he s relied on friends to carry him Being carried up and down stairs is a contentious issue he says Some are dead set against it philosophically which I totally understand but the way I look at it is I can either deal with that occasionally or stay home It s also kind of dangerous not just for me but also for my friends who could hurt themselves carrying me My friend s band is playing a show at the Cavern this weekend and he invited me but I probably won t go All of these things add up and they send a damaging message Writing forSalon Ohio based writer Annie Zaleski who has cerebral palsy making walking long distances and standing for a long time difficult pointed out when a music festival doesn t have

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  • What's New | Barrier Free Manitoba
    Make Manitoba Barrier Free Spread the Word Endorse the Call Subscribe Follow Us on Twitter Join Us on Facebook To increase decrease the font PC ctrl ctrl MAC command command Minister Responds to BFM s Concerns Regarding First Annual Implementation Plan Jun 17 2015 Minister Irvin Ross has official responded to BFM s May 22 2015 review of the first annual implementation plan as required by the Accessibility for Manitobans Act AMA Folllowing is the text of her response Dear Mr Falconer Thank you for your email on May 22 2015 regarding the Manitoba Government s first Annual Plan with respect to The Accessibility for Manitobans Act AMA As Minister responsible for Persons with Disabilities I recognize the important role I have been entrusted with and am happy to respond to your comments The AMA represents a significant achievement in realizing our vision of an accessible province where all Manitobans can work learn and play in a society free of barriers More than a year since its enactment we are proud of what we have been able to accomplish but recognize that considerable work remains to be done As stated in the Annual Plan government leadership is crucial to the success of the AMA One of the ways the government demonstrates leadership is by requiring accessibility plans of the Government of Manitoba municipalities and public sector organizations Accessibility plans are designed to proactively identify systemic barriers in the delivery of an organization s programs and services While smaller municipalities and public sector organizations have until 2017 to complete accessibility plans we have ensured that all public bodies that deliver essential government services such as health and education are bound by the 2016 timeline By staggering the implementation process of the more than 400 public sector bodies we can more effectively

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  • What's New | Barrier Free Manitoba
    AODA includes a major pilot program to engage employers to address barriers to employment faced by persons with disabilities Details of the New Commitment O ur government will launch a 9 million capacity building pilot program Valuing Ability to Address barriers and challenges businesses face in hiring people with disabilities Engage employers promote the business case for hiring people with disabilities and encourage a business culture of inclusion Complement and coordinate efforts with key partner ministries including the Ministries of Training Colleges and Universities and Community and Social Services to continue to help people with disabilities secure employment There are three parts to the pilot Partnerships for Accessible Employment a new initiative which aims to build employer awareness of the supports and resources available to business when recruiting retaining and supporting employees with disabilities by encouraging partnerships between business not for profits social enterprises postsecondary institutions associations and or service providers Community Loans will build on the existing Social Capital Partners Community Loan Program by expanding low interest commercial loans for small businesses that demonstrate a commitment to hiring people with disabilities Mentoring opportunities to expand on the successful Dolphin Digital Technologies Disabilities Mentoring Day initiative The existing program connects potential employers to qualified candidates through an annual one day event and builds a strong business network to champion the hiring of people with disabilities Other Programs Following are details of other disability employment related programs Ontario is operating or just starting Ontario Community Loans Program The Ontario Community Loans Program will give small and medium sized business owners discounted rates on financial products such as loans when they commit to hiring people facing barriers to employment including people with disabilities Under the program the interest rate will decrease for each person hired and retained for the required period of

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