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  • What's New | Barrier Free Manitoba
    including a controversial anti bullying bill and a move to force small municipalities to amalgamate The Tories will let the proposed laws pass sometime between Sept 13 and Sept 17 and allow the legislature to rise for several weeks In exchange the government has agreed to put off final votes on its most contentious legislation two budget bills that will formalize a sales tax increase that took effect July 1 and provide public subsidies for political parties Those bills will only go to a final vote after the legislature resumes Nov 12 Tory Leader Brian Pallister said the compromise includes a recognition that the NDP government has a majority and can eventually force laws through the house As much we have put the government s feet to the fire and will continue to we realize that government legislation has at some point got to come to a vote Pallister told reporters But we recognize by prolonging the debate by some weeks that we can we hope encourage more Manitobans to come to the forefront engage and let the government know in no uncertain terms that what they re doing is not a wise move NDP house leader Jennifer Howard said the compromise will allow many bills to be passed next month and all others to get final approval before the end of the year We know that bills like Bill 18 the anti bullying legislation are going to pass by mid September That is critical to us There are other tradeoffs under the deal The NDP has agreed to start the spring sitting of the legislature in March about a month earlier than normal The Tories have agreed not to stall the end of the next spring sitting beyond the normal end date in June The agreement brings to an

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  • What's New | 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 The ADA Turns 23 Today Jul 26 2013 Happy anniversary This year marks the 23rd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act ADA On July 26 1990 this landmark legislation was signed into law by Republican President George H W Bush The ADA gives civil rights protections to Americans with disabilities and guarantees equal opportunity in public accommodations employment transportation state and local government services and telecommunications This was truly landmark legislation While we can be very proud of the many steps forward we have taken in addressing human and disabiity rights issues Manitobans and other Canadians are still playing catch up relative to the ADA The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act AODA passed in Ontario in 2005 represented remarkable progress The Accessibility for Manitobans Act though still stuck in a legislative logjam

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  • What's New | Barrier Free Manitoba
    Question Period on July 10 2013 This Hansard excerpt is posted on Leanne Rowat s website The exchange can also be found in Hansard html PDF Mrs Leanne Rowat Riding Mountain I think the question that was raised with regard to student accessibility is a very serious one Mr Speaker We have a government that is bringing in legislation that is going to be making Manitoba become more accessible and then we see a university cut a student accessibility to 74 students in Manitoba I ask the Minister responsible for Persons with Disabilities 74 students are going to be seeing a lack of service ability for accessibility and I want to know what her response is Has she talked to the minister responsible for post secondary education Will she ensure Manitobans that they will be able to access these services Mr Speaker Hon Jennifer Howard Minister responsible for Persons with Disabilities Certainly accessibility to services is something that this government takes very seriously And there is I think no greater symbol of that than the ramp that is on the front of the Legislature And it s important I think to remember that when we took that project what did we hear from members opposite It s a waste of money because people with disabilities they can just come in the back door That is exactly what members opposite said in response to that project We expect the University College of the North to honour their commitments to students with disabilities We expect them to honour their commitment in terms of providing accessibility and we respect that institution to make sure they have the resources in place to do that Mrs Rowat We have a bill before the House that this government is failing to bring forward with regard to

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  • What's New | Barrier Free Manitoba
    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 Arts and Disability Network Manitoba Call For Submission Aug 15 deadline Jul 15 2013 Call for Submission Artists with Disabilities Art Body See Me Hear Juried Art Show September 8 October 11 2013 Submission Deadline Aug 15 2013 download this call as a PDF This year s Art Body fair will explore different ways of engaging body senses when one sense is interrupted amplified or gone Art Body See Me Hear will include a four week juried art show at the St Boniface Library and a two day event at the Winnipeg Art Gallery and Plug In ICA One of our featured performers Christine Sun Kim from New York is a Deaf sound artist whose practice centres on reclaiming sound as property generally considered to belong only to those who can hear She will be performing at MoMA in August 2013 The submitted artwork will challenge the authority of verbal communication e g pieces may explore how American Sign Language is physical and spatial and represents another way of communication You may submit up to three 3 pieces of 2D or 3D artwork Video sound and performance art will not be accepted Artists are paid CARFAC recommended rates Jurors Paul Butler Curator of Contemporary Art Winnipeg Art Gallery Diana Thorneycroft Artist one out of province juror to be confirmed Submission requirements At least one high quality photo of each submitted piece An artist statement of the work An artist CV St Boniface Library At the corner of Provencher and Tache the exhibit space is a large enclosed glass case visible from the library and

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  • What's New | Barrier Free Manitoba
    goals of it s recently introduced Accessibility for Manitobans Act Bill 26 Given that Aboriginal disability rates are 2 to 3 times higher than for Manitobans in general one would think that central accessbility supports would be even more essential at UCN than at Manitoba s other post secondary institutions Shocking indeed Ironically the UCN only posted its accessibility page a couple of months ago see below how it reads today June 26 2013 We can only guess that this page will be taken down or substantially changed in the next short while Dear Student As the accessibility coordinator of the University College of the North UCN I am pleased to welcome you to our institution and to our website to provide you with some information detailing our services The Student Accessibility Service Office SASO is based in Thompson MB P 4 Room 220 with services also provided on The Pas campus SASO strives to provide accessible learning opportunities and reasonable accommodations for all UCN registered students with permanent and or temporary documented disabilities of all types mental physical neurological or medical conditions Some accommodations available for students with special needs may include but are not limited to Assessment for accommodation needs advocacy and disability counselling Alternate formatting for textbooks tests assignments and exams Separate space for test or exams Proper assistive devices and equipment Extended time for tests assignments or Exams Reasonable environmental accommodations Referrals and requests for Tutoring Invigilation Proctor and Note Takers as needed We invite you to connect with the accessibility office to learn first hand of the variety of support options available as each student s needs are unique the provision of services is designed individually needs are determined by the nature of the disability requirements of the curriculum or program of study expectations in

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  • What's New | Barrier Free Manitoba
    Word Endorse the Call Subscribe Follow Us on Twitter Join Us on Facebook To increase decrease the font PC ctrl ctrl MAC command command Congratulations to 2013 MAAW Award Winners Jun 13 2013 On June 7 2013 the Manitoba Government concluded Manitoba Access Awareness Week MAAW 2013 with an Awards Celebration to raise awareness of barriers and opportunities for individuals with disabilities Congratulation to all five award winners Jane Sayer Recognized for Outstanding Individual Voluntary Contribution toward creating a fully inclusive society Jane was celebrated for her years of work as a strong advocate for the acquired Deaf Blind community Nick Ternette Posthumously recognized for Outstanding Individual Voluntary Contribution toward creating a fully inclusive society Nick was nominated for his years of leadership at the Manitoba League of Persons with Disabilities and his strong advocacy on behalf of people with disabilities Emily Ternette accepted the award on behalf of her late husband Student Services Unit of River East Transcona School Division Recognized for Organizational Excellence toward creating a fully inclusive society The Student Services Unit including Tammy Mitchell Susan Miller Sherri Black and Michael Bennett was celebrated for developing a pilot process to assist division schools to develop a culture

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  • What's New | Barrier Free Manitoba
    It also identified ways the Bill can and should be improved The report from the review identifies sixteen very positive features of Bill 26 see below The report also highlights six areas were changes can and should be made to make Bill 26 even better The complete report from the review is available for download Word PDF More information on the areas identified for improvement can be found at http www barrierfreemb com improvebill26 The Best Things About 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 with the higher level of accessibility will prevail should the accessibility standards conflict with

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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 CRTC Public Proceeding Deadline May 17 May 03 2013 You may or may not be aware that CRTC has opened a public proceeding where anyone in Canada can participate publicly in English or French ASL or LSQ The deadline is May 17 2013 It is very exciting time CRTC is now listening to us and focusing on the VRS in Canada issue Now if you go to this link https services crtc gc ca pub ListeInterventionList Default Defaut aspx en 2013 155 dt c Lang e you will notice that there are few comments on their website We need to INCREASE this number because of course there are not only hundreds but thousands of us out there in Canada We need to SHOW the CRTC that VRS is important to us We need MORE PARTICIPATIONS So we need MANY letters mailed or faxed or ONLINE comments or VIDEO comments going to the CRTC for Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2013 155 Before May 17 2013 And this includes not only

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