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  • What's New | Barrier Free Manitoba
    would make Coverage Accessible to All Workers under the Workers Compensation Act Premier Selinger The Manitoba government is introducing amendments to the Workers Compensation Act that would recognize post traumatic stress disorder PTSD as a work related occupational disease Premier Greg Selinger announced today This legislation would be unique in Canada and would truly support workers who experience a traumatic event or events in the workplace that lead to PTSD said Premier Selinger Under this new law the Workers Compensation Board would presume their condition was caused by the job making it much easier to access supports treatment and compensation The premier noted this proposed change was inspired by the work of Manitoba nurses firefighters first responders and the Manitoba Government Employees Union who led the charge with public campaigns recognizing the affects workplace trauma can have on their members We represent a broad cross section of workers in different occupations and as such we have learned that psychological injuries can happen to absolutely anyone regardless of what they do for a living said Michelle Gawronsky president Manitoba Government and General Employees Union This legislation would make it easier for workers to get the treatment they need more quickly This new bill would extend coverage and benefits to all workers eligible under WCB who are diagnosed with PTSD by a medical professional This would ensure timely access to compensation and support services with the long term goal of reducing the stigma attached to mental illness the premier said Firefighters and first responders face challenges every time they answer a call said Alex Forrest president United Firefighters of Winnipeg Presumptive legislation of this kind protects front line workers like us and it s been a pleasure working with the Manitoba government to make this happen Being on the front line when

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  • What's New | Barrier Free Manitoba
    Join Us on Facebook To increase decrease the font PC ctrl ctrl MAC command command DIO Releases Public Sector Guide to Creating an Accessibility Plan Jun 03 2015 The Disability Issues Office has just released a 56 page guide only available as a PDF for public sector organizations on How to Create Your Accessibility Plan The guide was developed to help public sector organizations develop Accessibility Plans that are required under the Accessibility for Manitobans Act AMA As part of the AMA Accessibility Plans must be developed by all government of Manitoba departments and large public sector bodies with significant interaction with the public are required to create Accessibility Plans This includes government departments crown corporations regional health organizations colleges and school divisions and cities of more than 10 000 These plans must be made public The plans must also reviewed and renewed every two years Smaller public sector bodies and government agencies will also have to create Accessibility Plans but these won t be required until 2017 The guide has many strengths and is one of the most useful resources developed by the DIO in recent years There is however one area that needs improvement the listing of disability resource information and contacts Appendix C The guide lists only 22 local services and organizations that can help public sector agencies respond to common barriers to accessibility While the guide presents these only as examples of community resources it is a very partial and selective list given that there are more than 300 non profit disability organizations operating in Manitoba and many profit making firms that offer disability related services How and why the DIO chose the 22 local services and organizations remains unclear What is clear is that the current list does not provide a level playing field for

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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 Province Launches AMA Website Jun 03 2015 The Accessibility for Manitobans Act AMA now has its own dedicated website launched earlier today by the Province of Manitoba with the leadership

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  • What's New | Barrier Free Manitoba
    Gimli rolls out plan to make beach more accessible The portable mats cost 2 500 per 10 metre segment of the recycled polyester CBC News Posted Apr 28 2015 6 00 PM CT Last Updated Apr 28 2015 6 00 PM A plan to create a more accessible beach is under way in the Rural Municipality of Gimli Man Randy Woroniuk Gimli s mayor has submitted an application for a federal grant to help the community to purchase Mobi Mat RECPATHs Mobi Mat an American company creates portable sidewalks out of recycled polyester that can be placed on top of sand to create a beach with unimpeded access right down to the water s edge The idea came from the municipality s economic development clerk who saw online that the mats are used on other beaches like in Ontario s Wasaga Beach Provincial Park I thought this is fantastic And some of the testimonials from Wasaga Beach of people who hadn t touched the water with their toes because of mobility issues I thought we need this So went to council discussed it and we applied for the grant Woroniuk told CBC s Radio Noon The mayor said he hopes to buy lots of the roll up walkways overtime but the priority is to purchase three which at 10 metres each will reach across the sand beach into Lake Winnipeg Mayor asks for help Council has applied for a grant because the investment in the Mobi Mats is 2 500 per 10 metre segment totaling 7 500 for the first three What I would like to put out there is I would like to challenge the service clubs of Gimli and the businesses of Gimli or any organization or group of people to raise money and to buy a 10

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  • What's New | Barrier Free Manitoba
    Legislation The UN Convention In Brief Excerpts from the Convention Feature Issue Feature Issue Archive News Archive Disability Related Videos Links to Resource Materials Barrier Free Manitoba Materials Accessibility Legislation Models The Americans with Disabilities Act ADA The Disability Discrimination Act DDA The Disabilities Disabilities Discrimination Acts The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities 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 More Evidence on Why a Voluntary Strategy to Provide Visitable Housing Does Not Work Apr 15 2015 Great 2015 article published Social Inclusion on the limited progress towards Australia 2010 goal that all new housing would be visitable by 2020 Here s the conclusion A new approach is required The Australian Government has three options it can ignore its human rights obligations to improve social inclusion through housing design it can financially incentivise the housing industry to respond voluntarily to the Livable Housing Design agreement or it can ensure the 2020 target is met by working decisively with housing industry and community leaders towards

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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 Moran Report Calls for Bold New Leadership in Ontario Feb 14 2015 The report of the second legislative review of Ontario s Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act 2005 by Mayo Moran was released on February 13 2015 and calls for that government to show strong bold new leadership on accessibility Here s how the AODA Alliance described the report s major findings The Mayo Moran report showed that after fully ten years of implementing the AODA Ontarians with disabilities continue to face too many barriers They have not seen much change in their daily lives She found that the Ontario Government despite taking some action has not effectively made accessibility a priority in its own operations She concluded that the Government as a whole starting with Premier Wynne herself must show strong bold new leadership on accessibility She made it clear that we don t have time to wait for new action on this front This report is in

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  • What's New | Barrier Free Manitoba
    The Disability Discrimination Act DDA The Disabilities Disabilities Discrimination Acts The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities 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 Selinger Sets Out Positions on 3 Key Disability Issues and Beyond Feb 09 2015 Greg Selinger the final of the candidates for the NDP leadership to set out positions on key disability issues committed himself if re elected to the timely implementation of the Accessibility for Manitobans Act AMA including comitments on several detailed measures He also stated his in principle support for Abilities Manitoba s five priority pathway toward improved and sustainable services for Manitobans with intellectual disabilities including commitments to improving training and standards of care and to future increases toward paying service workers a living wage Mr Selinger s response also referenced his recent support for examining the introduction of a pension like basic income for people with severe and prolonged disabilities and his request for a review of government wide benchmarks for civil servant employment equity and

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  • What's New | Barrier Free Manitoba
    Rights Legislation The UN Convention In Brief Excerpts from the Convention Feature Issue Feature Issue Archive News Archive Disability Related Videos Links to Resource Materials Barrier Free Manitoba Materials Accessibility Legislation Models The Americans with Disabilities Act ADA The Disability Discrimination Act DDA The Disabilities Disabilities Discrimination Acts The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities 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 Ashton Commits to Critical Path Forward Feb 06 2015 Steven Ashton the second NDP leadership candidate to outline their positions on key disability issues committed himself if elected to the timely implementation of the Accessibility for Manitobans Act AMA and to acting on Abilities Manitoba s five priority pathway toward improved and sustainable services for Manitobans with intellectual disabilities Ashton also committed if elected to assigning responsibility for an action plan to improving circumstances for persons with disabilities and the development of a critical path with Barrier Free Manitoba and Abilities Manitoba and the minister responsible to move this agenda forward in a

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