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  • What's New | Barrier Free Manitoba
    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

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  • What's New | Barrier Free Manitoba
    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 s Media Release Apr 24 2013 Barrier Free Manitoba issued a media release to mark the tabling of the Bill Following is the body text of the release You may also download it as a Word or PDF document April 24 2013 Province Tables Historic Accessibility Rights Bill WINNIPEG Minister Jennifer Howard tabled a historic Bill on accessibility rights today in Manitoba s Legislative Assembly The Bill The Accessibility for Manitobans Act represents a major breakthrough in the promotion and protection of the human rights of over 200 000 Manitobans with disabilities The landmark Bill establishes a legislated framework for the prevention and timely removal of barriers to accessibility These barriers now limit equitable access to employment education job training communications housing transportation health care and social services as well as to goods facilities and other services throughout the province Barrier Free Manitoba has been advocating for strong and effective provincial accessibility rights legislation since 2008 The Bill follows five previous discussion and policy papers on accessibility rights that have been released by the Government The Bill also responds to the key recommendations made earlier this year by the Accessibility Advisory Council which includes representatives from the business seniors and municipal sectors as well as from Manitoba s disability community This promises to be game changing legislation that provides real and lasting benefits for persons with disabilities their families and their communities said Jeannette DeLong a member of Barrier Free Manitoba s Steering Committee The bill is a giant step toward making the vision of an inclusive society a reality for all Manitobans With disability discrimination accounting for 51 of all formal complaints lodged

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  • What's New | Barrier Free Manitoba
    to Everyone Who Lives in Them Howard New legislation introduced today would help governments private sector businesses and advocacy groups work together to make more places and services barrier free in Manitoba with the goal of a fully accessible province Family Services and Labour Minister Jennifer Howard minister responsible for persons with disabilities has announced Nearly every Manitoban has a disability knows someone with a disability or will acquire a disability as they age Howard said We all benefit from preventing new barriers where we live learn work and play and by implementing long term plans to remove existing ones The proposed legislation would set out a framework for collaborative long range planning between governments the private sector and accessibility advocacy groups to make proactive and innovative solutions that enhance accessibility independence and social inclusion of all Manitobans Howard added The tabling of this historic bill represents the first step toward Manitoba becoming a true leader in promoting and protecting the human rights of the nearly 200 000 Manitobans with disabilities said Jeannette Delong a committee member of Barrier Free Manitoba This is truly a historic day in Manitoba and while accessibility legislation will not remove every barrier it is an important tool to help us make Manitoba more accessible not just for persons with disabilities but for all Manitobans said Jim Derksen chair of the Manitoba Accessibility Advisory Council The legislation would outline principles such as access equality and universal design to guide the development of accessibility standards and regulations in the future Howard said adding the introduction of standards would help eliminate many existing barriers in such areas as building design information services and employment practices The proposed legislation is based on recommendations from the Manitoba Accessibility Advisory Council which is made up of members with diverse backgrounds

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  • What's New | Barrier Free Manitoba
    with the passage and proclamation of landmark legislation that requires the timely and comprehensive prevention and removal of barriers to equitable accessibility This will be a giant leap forward toward Manitoba becoming an international leader in promoting and protecting the human rights of persons with disabilities An Invitation to Attend the Tabling and a Pre Tabling Reception Minister Howard will be hosting a pre tabling reception at her office Room 357 at the legislature from noon to 1 pm to mark the start of this historic process Those attending the reception will then have the opportunity to be witnesses to the tabling of the bill that will follow at 1 30 pm Please note that the actual tabling only takes a few minutes and no debate on the bill will follow in the Legislature While it is a procedural step it is the historic first step The Minister has graciously invited Barrier Free Manitoba to extend an invitation to attend both the reception and the tabling to the many who have worked so hard to secure this legislation Reception Noon to 1 pm April 24 2013 Room 357 Legislative Building Tabling 1 30 pm April 24 2013 Legislative Assembly Due to space limitations those who want to attend the reception and tabling are asked to RSVP to the Province s Disability Issues Office contact Tracy MacMillan at phone 204 945 7613 email Tracy MacMillan gov mb ca by 12 noon on Monday April 22 The Steps That Follow There will be three other important steps in the legislative process before the bill becomes law We will be inviting you to attend each of these Second Reading During this stage the bill will be debated and either accepted or rejected This a very important stage since adoption of a second reading

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  • What's New | Barrier Free Manitoba
    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 Government Releases Official Response to Accessibility Council Recommendations Apr 03 2013 On April 2 2013 the Disability Issues Office DIO released the official Government of Manitoba response to the Manitoba Accessibility Advisory Council s MAAC recommendations for provincial accessibility rights legislation The official response has minor wording changes but is substantially the same as the White Paper released by Minister Jennifer Howard in January 2013 see http www barrierfreemb com whatsnew 173 189 As with the previous paper the response states that The Manitoba government accepts the council s report and its key recommendaitons that accessibility legislation be enacted It is therefore the intention of the government to introduce legislation in 2013 Of similar importance the official response sets out the same framework that extends well

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  • What's New | 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 ctrl ctrl MAC command command Next Generation Coalition Discussion Documents Posted for Comment Mar 14 2013 On Wednesday March 13th Barrier Free Manitoba hosted a third meeting among disability stakeholders to dicuss options for collective action to work to ensure the effective implementation of the pending accessibility rights legislation Barrier Free tabled two documents that served as the main basis for discussion at the meeting S elected Strategic Design Issues and Options Word PDF As the title implies this document set out eight basic issues that are key to the overall design of a next generation coalition The documents presents both options and working recommendations for each of these issues Proposed Foundations for the New Coalition Word PDF This document set out a proposed mission set of values principles for

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  • What's New | Barrier Free Manitoba
    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 Rising to the Challenges Ahead of Collective Action Mar 08 2013 Barrier Free Manitoba hosted a discussion session among disability stakeholders on February 13 2013 to consider the challenges that lie ahead in working together to ensure the effective implementation of the pending accessibility rights legislation The February session built on discussions from an initial session held in December 2012 A key outcome from this initial session was the expression of strong support for establishing a coalition representative of the diversity of the disability community to coordinate and provide direction for meeting the post legislative challenges and opportunities Participants at that session also suggested meeting again to continue and deepen the discussion The

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  • What's New | Barrier Free Manitoba
    Congress used federal muscle to open jobs public transportation and public accommodations to disabled Americans another venue is coming under the federal mandate swimming pools Beginning this week most public swimming pools wading pools and spas must be accessible to disabled people to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act Facilities that don t meet the standard may face civil penalties of 55 000 The move has been in the works for several years The Justice Department published standards for accessibility in 2010 and announced a March 2012 deadline for compliance But confusion over the standards became so contentious that pool operators threatened coast to coast pool closures last spring a scare dubbed Poolmagedden In response to the uproar the Department of Justice moved the deadline to Jan 31 sought to clarify the rule and grandfathered in some equipment that was purchased by pool operators during the debacle The Justice Department also reiterated that pool operators need to provide access to existing pools only if it is readily achievable meaning it does not involve significant difficulty or expense Advocates for the disabled say there is no excuse for public pools not to be accessible They ve had plenty of time to find a suitable way to accommodate disabled swimmers said Patrick Wojahn a public policy analyst with the National Disability Rights Network It s time to make this happen so that people with disabilities don t have to go through another summer without being able to go swimming with their families The new rule applies to all public swimming pools hotels motels health clubs recreation centers public country clubs and businesses It also applies to community pools associated with private residential communities if the pool is made available to the public for rental or use Hotel industry officials say they

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