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  • What's New | Barrier Free Manitoba
    2013 The Province of Manitoba sent this media release out just after lunch today The release is also posted on the web Just click here December 3 2013 PROVINCE MARKS UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES BY MOVING FORWARD TO IMPROVE ACCESSIBILITY FOR ALL MINISTER HOWARD Government s Accessibility Bill Expected to Receive Third Reading Today New legislation that would remove barriers and improve accessibility for everyone is expected to be read for a third time today Finance Minister Jennifer Howard minister responsible for persons with disabilities has announced Nearly one in six Manitobans has a disability and this number is expected to increase due in part to an aging population said Minister Howard This legislation will lay out a framework to guide the development and implementation of accessibility standards to improve the independence and social inclusion of Manitobans where they live learn work and play The main goal of the bill is to prevent barriers by working with the public and private sectors on long range plans Once the legislation becomes law we will be able to begin working to raise awareness of the need for full accessibility and share the benefits this will have for Manitobans said Jim Derksen chair Manitoba Accessibility Advisory Council We look forward to working with the province to reach out to the public and stakeholders to create a clear understanding of the simple steps needed to create accessibility for all Under the legislation accessibility standards would be developed to help eliminate physical system and other barriers in such areas as building design information services and employment practices We re pleased to be able to take part in improving accessibility by providing input and advice said Lanny McInnes prairie director Retail Council of Canada Knowing what needs to be done will help retailers

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  • What's New | Barrier Free Manitoba
    Twitter Join Us on Facebook To increase decrease the font PC ctrl ctrl MAC command command Disability Discrimination Still Ranks as No 1 in Manitoba Nov 27 2013 The recent release of the 2012 Annual Report by the Manitoba Human Rights Commission MHRC confirms that disability discrimination still makes up almost one half 47 3 of all formal human rights complaints in the Manitoba As shown below more human rights complaints were made based on disability discrimination in 2012 than for almost all the other grounds combined The next most frequent grounds for complaint were Sex including pregnancy and Ancestry both comprising 14 1 of all complaints lodged with the MHRC The next most frequent grounds represented less than 6 of complaints The 47 3 figure for disability discrimination is the second highest recorded over the last decade The only year when it was higher was in 2011 when disability discrimination complaints made up 51 4 of all complaints The preponderance of complaints based on disability discrimination is not new As shown below disability discrimination complaints made up just over 40 of all human rights complaints lodged with the MHRC over the previous decade 2002 2011 The 47 3 figure for disability discrimination in 2012 is alarming It also adds to the mounting evidence that disability discrimination is pervasive and sadly that human rights issues related to disability have not been adequately addressed with current tools and approaches What might be even more disturbing is that the MHRC s annual report received very little media attention Indeed the only media story found to date was in today s November 27 edition of The Winnipeg Free Press and it focused on in the hike in sexual harassment complaints This is clearly a disconcerting development but the larger story seems to be

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  • What's New | Barrier Free Manitoba
    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 The Community Presentations to the Standing Committee Nov 07 2013 The Hansard from the Standing Committee meeting is ever so long So we have created downloadable files for each of the 19 community presentations Mr David Lepofsky Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance PDF Word Ms Gail Mores March of Dimes Canada PDF Word Mr Kevin Rebeck Manitoba Federation of Labour PDF Word Mr Patrick Falconer Barrier Free Manitoba PDF Word Ms Laurie Helgason private citizen PDF Word Ms Libby Zdriluk Independent Living Resource Centre PDF Word Mr David Steen private citizen PDF Word Mr Samuel Unrau University of Winnipeg Students Association PDF Word Ms Megan Fultz Canadian Federation of Students of Manitoba PDF Word Ms Jeannette DeLong Abilities Manitoba PDF Word Ms Ruth Enns private citizen PDF Word Mr Oly Backstrom private citizen

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  • What's New | Barrier Free Manitoba
    conveying the complex needs of people with disabilities What was asked of the designers Onley admitted was far more complex than we thought Both of the honourable mentions selected have a future Onley said One of the winning designs featured a series of four symbols each representing a different need The other was a blue and white opening door set inside a circle If the designers choose to keep working on the projects they will be given assistance from the Ontario College of Art and Design OCAD While no winner was selected on Friday change is not a far fetched idea in this area New York City recently updated its disability symbol it s still a stick figure in a wheelchair but the figure appears to be in motion rather than sitting still Other examples include local Toronto toy shop Mastermind which has made its own playful signage for people in wheelchairs and the Beijing Paralympics which designed fresh symbols for the Games Designing a new symbol CBC News tagged along with one group of design students as they embarked on the project I think it s an incredibly difficult process said Geordie Graham an OCAD student OCAD design Graham s OCAD group came up with this take on the wheelchair symbol Submitted You re afraid as a designer you don t want to leave people out we want to make sure that we lend a voice for people beyond just those in a wheelchair Graham s group also wanted to humanize the figure in the logo and add a sense of movement And they wanted to find a way to create signage that would let people with cognitive issues navigate the urban landscape But whatever they designed had to be simple enough that a work crew could paint it

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  • What's New | Barrier Free Manitoba
    Case 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 Barrier Free Manitoba Reception in Pictures Oct 31 2013 We are pleased to present photo highlights from the Barrier Free reception held in the Legislative Building Rotunda on October 29 2013 Gathering before the start of the Program Opening prayer by Elder George Spence Patrick Falconer providing opening comments Opening comments via CART Guests at the reception No 1 Guests at the reception No 2 Guests at the reception No 3 Remarks from Jeannette DeLong BFM Steering Committee Member Remarks from Oly Backstrom BFM Steering Committee Member Remarks from Minister Jennifer Howard Remarks from Ms Leanne Rowat PC Critic Remarks from

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  • What's New | Barrier Free Manitoba
    eleven areas that need to be addressed before it becomes the law Here are the highlights of Barrier Free Manitoba s findings on what is really good about Bill 26 and what needs to be fixed These findings provide the basis for Barrier Free Manitoba s written brief to the Social and Economic Development Standing Committee Wonderful Things Highlights of the most positive features of Bill 26 It includes an extended Whereas section that covers the compelling need for the significant benefits expected from and the overall intent of the proposed law It incorporates four foundational principles including clear statements that Persons with disabilities should have barrier free access to those things that will give them equality of both opportunity and outcome The responsibility for preventing and removing barriers to accessibility rests not with those faced by them but rather with the systems and parties responsible for establishing and perpetuating them It provides a framework for action to realize the existing rights of Manitobans with disabilities as set out in the Manitoba Human Rights Code and ensures that this new law does not diminish those rights It aims to address a range of disabilities not just physical disabilities It refers to disability for the most part not in medical terms but in terms of being disabled by barriers in society It enables the enactment of accessibility standards by regulations that specify what barriers must be prevented or removed and that will apply to all sectors It requires that the accessibility standards be developed in consultation with people with disabilities and with organizations that must remove and prevent barriers It requires that the provision affording the higher level of accessibility will prevail should the accessibility standards conflict with provisions in any other legislation regulation or policy It centralizes the development of accessibility standards in one single council It sets out a process whereby all accessibility standards must be reviewed and updated at least every five years It includes a range of important measures that provide for the public availability of information on the implementation of the proposed law It designates one specific minister responsible for the overall implementation of the proposed legislation It requires that public sector bodies including municipalities develop and publish accessibility plans addressing the identification prevention and removal of barriers It provides mechanisms for the active enforcement of accessibility standards enacted under this proposed law It requires an independent and comprehensive review of the effectiveness of the proposed law four years after it is passed and every five years thereafter All reports from the reviews must be made public Areas That Require Improvement Highlights of the areas requiring improvement before Bill 26 goes to Third Reading Paramount Concerns 1 Restrictive Definition of Disability The wording about what a disability is needs to be changed to reflect an inclusive approach to disabilities 2 Absence of a Grand Goal and Target Date The Bill needs to establish the goal of reaching full accessibility and include a target date or benchmarks

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  • What's New | Barrier Free Manitoba
    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 Global Words of Encouragement to Manitobans No 26 Oct 28 2013 The legislation being developed in Manitoba needs to be strong and effective This can be accomplished by having the legislation address each of the seven elements set out by Barrier Free Manitoba Based on the Ontario experience the legislation needs to include the goal of becoming a fully accessible province as well as a target date by when this will be achieved Our end date has served as an important tool in our efforts since the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act was passed in 2005 David Lepofsky Toronto Ontario AODA Alliance Message originally sent in May 2012 The seven elements referred to were tabled by

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  • What's New | Barrier Free Manitoba
    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 Firebrand Lepofsky Scheduled to Present to Standing Committee on Bill 26 Oct 27 2013 David Lepofsky the champion who has so ably led the campaign for effective accessibility rights in Ontario is scheduled to present at the October 29th Social and Economic Development Standing Committee meeting David is the chair of the AODA Alliance the disability consumer advocacy group that works to support the full and effective implementation of accessibility standards in Ontario Since 2005 the AODA Alliance has worked collaboratively with the disability community and with government to promote the interests of persons with disabilities David active engagement in accessibility rights legislation strechces back to advocacy efforts leading up to the passage of the Ontarians with Disabilities Act ODA in 2001 and the much stronger Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act in 2005 IT goes back even further to the development of Canada s Charter of

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