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  • Updates and Developments | Barrier Free Manitoba
    for 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 Updates and Developments Welcome to the section of our website that provides a chronological record of the key developments in our spirited and successful five year campaign to secure strong and effective accessibility rights legislation in Manitoba Information is organized and presented in the following two sub sections Leading to Passage of The Accessibility Advisory Council Act Developments that led to the passage of The Accessibility Advisory Council Act in June 2011 are presented in BFM 1 0 Through to Passage of Strong and Effective Accessibility Rights Legislation Developments from August 2011 to December 2013 that led to the passage of T

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  • BFM 3.0 | Barrier Free Manitoba
    celebration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities at the Legislative Building on December 3 2105 It was an extraordinary event attended by an overflow crown for 1 600 Barrier Free Manitoba Co hosts Community Workshop on Public Sector Accessibility Plans In partnership with United Way of Winnipeg Barrier Free Manitoba co hosted a workshop on November 20 2015 to explore the roles that community based disability agencies can play in consulting with the public sector organizations Disability Matters Vote 2016 Announced On November 12 2016 Barrier Free Manitoba announced its partnership with Abilities Manitoba to organize Disability Matters Vote 2016 a non partisan cross disability community project to more fully engage Manitobans with disabilities in the next Manitoba general election Barrier Free Manitoba Launches Drive Thru Five Barrier Free Manitoba launched Drive Thru Five on October 26 2015 to sustain and strengthen community advocacy throughout the critical first five years of the AMA s implementation Manitoba s First Accessibility Standard Completed On the morning of October 21 2015 Minister Irvin Ross announced that Manitoba s first accessibility standard the Customer Service Standard Word PDF has now been made into regulation and will come into force on November 1st Minister Releases First Annual Implementation Plan On May 19 2015 the Honourable Kerri Irvin Ross Minister responsible for persons with disabilities and the Accessibility for Manitobans Act AMA released the first annual implementation plan Word PDF as required under the AMA The plan sets out six strategic priorities and actions that Province will take on these by March 31 2016 BFM Submits Final Comments on Consultation Draft of Customer Service Standard Barrier Free Manitoba submitted our final comments on the consultation draft of the proposed customer service standard this morning May 11 2015 Full version Word PDF Executive Summary Word PDF Our comments call for seven specific improvements before the regulation is finalized and comes into force Minister Released Final Consultation Draft of Customer Service Standard In mid March 2015 the Minister released what is referred to as the Consultation Draft Word PDF of the proposed accessible customer service regulation Members of the public have until May 11 2015 to provide comment on this Consultation Draft Thereafter the Minister will review the public feedback and consider revising the regulation before forwarding it to Cabinet for final approval Once approved by Cabinet the regulation will have the force of law and be binding on all public private and non profit organizations with one or more employees that operate in Manitoba Accessibility Advisory Council Releases Revised Recommendations for Standard The Accessibility Advisory Council released a report providing it s revised recommendations to the Minister for the proposed Customer Service Standard Word PDF Dated October 3 2014 the report incorporated eight of Barrier Free Manitoba s 17 recommendaitons remaining slient on four others and seemingly not adopting another five Still one more review cycle to push for further changes Barrier Free Manitoba s Final Brief on the Proposed Customer Service Standard On July

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  • Barrier-Free Manitoba 2.0 | Barrier Free Manitoba
    Manitoba conducted a preliminary review of the Manitoba Accessibility Advisory Council s discussion paper The results from the review were sent to endorsers and subscribers on the evening of May 7 with public distribution started on the morning of May 8 The results were provided in two different documents a five page summary Word PDF and a one page report card Word PDF The report card is a quick reference which assesses the discussion paper against the nine principles that have been proposed for the new legislation Advisory Council s Discussion Paper Released The Advisory Council has released it s long awaited initial discussion paper It is available as a PDF and is posted as an on line text version Summary of Meeting No 11 Posted The discussion summary from the Advisory Council s 11th meeting held April 23rd has been posted You can view these on the Disability Issues website Meeting No 10 in the Books Summary The discussion summary from the Advisory Council s 10th meeting held April 10th has been posted You can view these on this website or the Disability Issues website Consultation Date Confirmed The Invite is Out On April 17 the the Disability Issues Office distributed an invitation and poster from the Accessibility Advisory Council for its public consultation event scheduled for May 8th Tuesday May 8 2012 1 00 to 4 00 pm Main Floor Embassy Rooms A B and C Victoria Inn 1808 Wellington Avenue in Winnipeg The Council is encouraging early registration with a deadline of May 1 Many important details related to the event are still pending including the release of a discussion paper Latest Summary Out Public Consultation Scheduled for May 8th The AAC s March 26th meeting summary announces that a session has been scheduled for May 8th to provide the Council with the chance to consult with the public prior to finalizing its recommendations for legislation for the Minister A discussion paper and details on the location and programme for the consultation session as well as on other opportunities for feedback are pending You can view these on this website or the Disability Issues website Summary of Council Discussions at 8th Meeting Posted The discussion summary from the Advisory Council s 7th meeting held March 12 2012 have been posted You can view these on this website or the Disability Issues website Upcoming Consultations by the Accessibility Advisory Council The discussion summary from the AAC s February 27th meeting reports that the Council will be releasing a discussion paper in the next short while mid April or shortly thereafter The paper will provide the basis for public consultations before the Council finalizes its recommendations Details on both the scope and probable content of the paper and the dates and plans for consultations are expected shortly We will forward information on the consultations as soon as this becomes available We expect that we will be developing and submitting a brief in response to the discussion paper We will share an initial draft with those who have endorsed the call for strong and effective legislation We will also work to provide other materials to support your participation in the consultation process Summary of Council Discussions at 7th Meeting Posted The discussion summary from the Advisory Council s 7th meeting held February 27 2012 has been posted You can view these on this website or the Disability Issues website Summary of Council Discussions at 6th Meeting Now Posted The discussion summary from the Advisory Council s 6th meeting held February 13 2012 has been posted You can view these on this website or the Disability Issues website Summary of Council Discussions at 5th Meeting Now Posted The discussion summary from the Advisory Council s 5th meeting held January 30 2012 has been posted You can view these on this website or the Disability Issues website Summary of Council Discussions at 4th Meeting Now Posted The discussion summary from the Advisory Council s 4th meeting held January 16 2012 has been posted You can view these on this website or the Disability Issues website Summary of Council Discussions at 3rd Meeting Now Posted The discussion summary from the Advisory Council s 3rd meeting held December 12 2011 was posted on Boxing Day You can view these on this website or the Disability Issues website BFM Launches into Social Media with Facebook Page and Twitter Account Barrier Free Manitoba launched a Facebook page and started a Twitter account in November 2011 to support its ongoing campaign to secure strong and effective accessibility rights legislation in Manitoba Summary Discussions of Council s First Two Meeting Now Posted An important commitment made in the Terms of Reference established for the Accessibility Advisory Council is that a summary discussion report from each of council meeting would be posted within two weeks on the Disability Issue Office website A summary of discussions from the Counci s first meeting held on November 15 2011 was posted on December 2nd The summary of discussions at the Council s second meeting held on November 29 2011 is also now available and was posted within the two week time frame that was set out Schedule Set for Accessibility Advisory Council Meetings At it s first meeting the Accessibility Advisory Council has set the following schedule for subsequent meetings through to April 23 2102 Tuesday November 29 2011 10 00 a m 2 00 p m Monday December 12 2011 12 00 p m 3 00 p m Monday January 16 2012 12 00 p m 3 00 p m Monday January 30 2012 12 00 p m 3 00 p m Monday February 13 2012 12 00 p m 3 00 p m Monday February 27 2012 12 00 p m 3 00 p m Monday March 12 2012 12 00 p m 3 00 p m Monday March 26 2012 12 00 p m 3 00 p m Tuesday April 10 2012 12 00 p m 3 00 p

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  • Barrier-Free Manitoba version 1.0 | Barrier Free Manitoba
    This is a defining moment in the struggle for the basic human right to equitable access for Manitobans with disabilities Barrier Free Manitoba along with many others are waiting to see if it will be different this time If you have not already done so please join us on our rights watch by signing on to our email update service Just click here Send a Seniors Action Card to the Premier We invite all seniors and all Manitobans concerned about seniors issues to send an action card to the Premier call on him and his government to introduce accessibility legislation in the Spring 2011 sitting of the Manitoba Legislature Please click on the card above or here and complete the online e card today If you are not yet a senior and you are concerned with disability issues for persons of all ages please click here to complete a more general online e card Congratulations and Encouragement from Ontario David Lepofksy the Chair of the AODA Alliance who led the decade long campaign for accessibility rights legislation in Ontario has sent a letter offering both his congratulations and his support and encouragement for the critical months that lie ahead In part his letter reads I am writing to offer my congratulations on your impressive efforts to date You have created for yourself a remarkable opportunity But remarkable opportunities must be capitalized on or else there is a risk that they can slip away His full letter can be downloaded in Word or pdf formats The Last Straw Campaign The final sitting of the 39th Legislature is due to begin in April 2010 This is the last chance for the government to keep its commitment before the forthcoming election to introduce strong and effective accessibility rights legislation If they keep their commitment and if the legislation enjoys the support of the legislature Manitoba will have a new landmark law in place by the end of June After more than two years of hard work by so many to move from concept to reality our fine province will have become a real leader in promoting and protecting the rights of persons with disabilities Can we just sit back and wait We think not Barrier Free Manitoba is asking concerned citizens to sign up for the final push The Last Straw campaign We ve got up to the end of June to do all we can to help this government honour its commitment If you can make some time to help click here Please join us Barrier Free Manitoba Responds to Provincial Discussion Paper To mark the International Day of Persons with Disabilities Barrier Free Manitoba has released its response to the Province s Discussion Paper for Made in Manitoba Accessibility Legislation Our response commends the Province for setting out a vision for an truly inclusive Manitoba as well for establishing a legislative agenda for achieving this Another very positive feature of the paper was its identification of seniors as focus population that will greatly benefit from the legislation There are currently over 71 000 Manitoban seniors who have a disability By 2031 this number is projected to have grown to 133 000 Our response also identifies several concerns including the need for the Province to demonstrate leadership in ensuring the legislation will be both strong and effective the need for resolute action following a decade of kind words hopeful promises and clear commitments and the importance of establishing a target date to achieve a barrier free Manitoba Our response can be downloadable in regular Word and pdf and large print Word and pdf formats Barrier Free Manitoba encourages all concerned groups and citizens to provide feedback on the discussion paper To share your thoughts with the Province send an email to accessibilitylegislation gov mb ca or click here to provide feedback online Labour Adds its Endorsement to Call for Legislation The Manitoba Federation of Labour MFL the province s central labour body recently endorsed the call for strong and effective accessibility rights legislation The MFL represents more than 90 000 working women and men in the private public and non profit sectors spanning the manufacturing government retail health education natural resources tourism agriculture transportation and many other industries In a letter to Premier Selinger Kevin Rebeck MFL President says that legislation needs to be drafted and introduced sooner rather than later and commits that the MFL will inform its affiliates about this issue and the importance of our tangible support for Barrier Free Manitoba s work Barrier Free Manitoba heartily welcomes this endorsement of the call for legislation from such an key sector Province Tables Discussion Paper on Made in Manitoba Accessibility Legislation On November 2 2010 the Province of Manitoba released a discussion paper on made in Manitoba accessibility rights legislation The paper outlines the Province s vision of a barrier free society the benefits of achieving this vision and the existing barriers that can be addressed through new legislation Based on the paper the legislation would focus on the proactive identification and removal of systemic barriers that will move us toward a more inclusive society for all Manitobans and would include clear specific and achievable goals accessibility standards for both the public and private sectors a central role for persons with disabilities and other stakeholders including business in the development of legislation guarantees that the human rights codes are not undermined in any way a regular review of the progress made The paper is being released now to seek input from a broad range of Manitobans so that we can work together to realize the vision of a fully accessible province for everyone The discussion paper is posted on the Disabilities Issues Office website at www gov mb ca dio and the Seniors and Healthy Aging website at www gov mb ca shas This is a very promising development The key however will be the drafting of strong and effective rights legislation as well as its introduction passage and proclamation

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  • An Overview on Accessibility, Barriers and Disabilities | Barrier Free Manitoba
    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

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  • Disabilities in Manitoba | Barrier Free Manitoba
    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 Disabilities in Manitoba Nearly 175 000 people in Manitoba have a disability That s almost one in six people Over the next 20 years as people grow older the number will rise to one in five Manitobans When thinking about disabilities many people think only of the physical ones but there are many different kinds Disabilities can be visible hidden and permanent or occur only at certain times Types of disabilities include but are not limited to vision hearing physical intellectual developmental learning mental health speech or language deaf blind chronic pain Disabilities also vary Being hard of hearing is different from being Deaf Having low vision is different from being legally blind Manitobans with disabilities reflect the diversity of the population as a whole in terms of age gender race religion ethno cultural communities and political perspective Although widespread disabilities are a particularly important issue for both First Nations and Metis communities their members are at least twice as likely as Non Aboriginal people to have a disability A disability can happen to

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  • What is a Barrier? | Barrier Free Manitoba
    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 What is a Barrier People with disabilities often can t do activities that most of us take for granted It s not because they don t want to It s because they can t That s because barriers stop them The barriers faced by Manitobans with disabilities are multifaceted including architectural physical communication attitudinal technological and organizational Many of the barriers were put in place decades ago and are part of our sad and uninformed history with disabilities Most recent barriers have been put in place because no one thought about the need to prevent them And what might seem to be minor annoyances in daily life can for people with disabilities prevent them from fully and equitably participating in employment education job training communications housing public and private transportation health care and social

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  • The Legal and Human Rights of Manitobans with Disabilities | Barrier Free Manitoba
    as everyone else The two main laws that protect Manitobans with disabilities from being discriminated against are the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and The Manitoba Human Rights Code The Charter applies to the government and says that every person with a disability is equal before the law and has the right to equal protection under the law and cannot be discriminated against That means the government cannot create barriers that exclude persons with disabilities from getting the same benefits as others It also means the government laws policies and programs must accommodate the needs of persons with disability A good example of how The Charter protects the rights of people with disabilities is a Supreme Court of Canada case that ordered the government to pay for sign language interpreters so deaf people who need medical treatment can communicate with their doctors Lawsuits under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms are frequently very expensive and may not be resolved for years It can also be very difficult to enforce your rights under the Charter if you cannot afford a lawyer The Manitoba Human Rights Code says that no person business or organization can discriminate against persons with disabilities That means that customers clients and tenants with disabilities have the right to equal treatment and equal access to facilities and services Facilities and services include restaurants shops hotels and movie theatres as well as apartment buildings transit and other public places Public and private educational providers also need to make sure their facilities and services are accessible and that appropriate accommodation is available for students with disabilities It also means that employers must accommodate the needs of people with disabilities In the workplace employees with disabilities are entitled to the same opportunities and benefits as people without disabilities In some

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