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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 Letter Sent Acknowledging Minister Howard s Leadership Jan 30 2013 Earlier this week Barrier Free Manitoba sent a letter acknowledging Minister Jennifer Howard s exemplary leadership in bringing legislation from concept to expected tabling later this year We encourage others to follow suit Following is the text of the letter January 24 2013 The Honourable Jennifer Howard Minister of Family Services and Labour and Minister responsible for Persons with Disabilities Room 317 450 Broadway Winnipeg MB R3C 0V8 Dear Minister I am writing to you on behalf of the Barrier Free Manitoba Steering Committee to acknowledge the exemplary leadership you have demonstrated through the Government of Manitoba s recently released response to recommendations for made in Manitoba accessibility rights legislation We reflect back on our initial meeting with you in September 2008 and marvel at the progress achieved in less than five years in bringing this legislation from concept through to its expected tabling later this year Your sustained leadership has been the essential factor in this progress that truly promises to make the vision of an inclusive society a reality for all Manitobans Barrier Free Manitoba believes that the Government s response to the recommendation provides a strong basis for the development of the transformative legislation required to provide for the timely removal of the pervasive barriers faced by the estimated 200 000 Manitobans with disabilities and for the prevention of new barriers The Government s response substantially addresses eight of the nine principles identified by Barrier Free Manitoba as well as most of the issues raised in our comments on discussion papers The lone principle not addressed that the legislation establish a definite target date to achieve a barrier free Manitoba remains

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  • What's New | Barrier Free Manitoba
    font PC ctrl ctrl MAC command command Winnipeg based human rights museum sets global standard for accessibility to disabled visitors Jan 29 2013 CBC Winnipeg reported today that designers of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg say they are setting a new standard in making the building accessible to people with a wide range of disabilities See the story online at http www cbc ca news canada manitoba story 2013 01 28 mb canadian museum human rights accessibility standard html or read the text below Designers of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg say they are setting a new standard in making the building accessible to people with a wide range of disabilities Eight disabled Canadians have had direct input into the design of the museum which is being built near The Forks in the city s downtown Designers are now working on implementing their recommendations This miniature 3D model of the museum can be handled by visually impaired visitors to determine how atriums and galleries are laid out Marianne Klowak CBC Museum officials will be showcasing highlights of the accessible design to reporters on Tuesday morning I m really excited what s happening with the human rights museum said Valerie Wolbert a Winnipeg disability rights activist who was consulted by the museum Wolbert recommended that exhibits use language that is easy for everyone including those with cognitive impairments to understand For me as a person with an intellectual disability I feel it would be great for having the plain language for everybody she said The museum will also employ tactile maps and a miniature 3D model of the building to help visually impaired visitors get a feel for how atriums and galleries are laid out The fact that we re creating everything fresh it s

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  • What's New | Barrier Free Manitoba
    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 Ontario s Built Environment Accessibility Standards Now the Law Jan 28 2013 Following an extensive process the last of the initial five accessibility standards to be developed in Ontario under the AODA have been established in regulation The Accessibility Standards for the Built Environment focus on removing barriers in two areas public spaces and buildings These standards have been incoporated as PART IV 1 of the Integrated Accessibility Standard These are distinct from planned enhancements to accessibility in buildings will happen at a later date through Ontario s Building Code which governs new construction and renovations in buildings The schedule for obligated organizations to meet these new requirements are as

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  • What's New | Barrier Free Manitoba
    To increase decrease the font PC ctrl ctrl MAC command command Manitoba Gears Up to Introduce Legislation in 2013 Jan 21 2013 The Government of Manitoba has now released its long awaited response to the MAAC s recommendations for legislation and the public comment received The response formalizes the government s intention to introduce this legislation in 2013 The 11 page response called a White Paper covers a lot of important ground and we encourage you to review it in detail as we will be doing over the next few weeks It is posted on the Disability Issues Office website and we are pleased to include links to the response for download PDF Word The final sentence of the response reads t he Government of Manitoba will move forward with accessibility legislation in 2013 and make the vision of an inclusive society a reality for all Manitobans Following is an excerpt from the response that provides an overall summary In June 2012 the Manitoba Accessibility Advisory Council prepared recommendations on enacting legislation for the prevention and removal of barriers and on other policies and practices the government can undertake to improve accessibility The Government of Manitoba accepts the recommendations of the Manitoba Accessibility Advisory Council Council for a new Act and thanks the Council for its significant contribution in producing a report that can serve as the basis for substantive accessibility legislation The main goal of accessibility legislation is to prevent barriers from existing by working with public and private sectors on long range plans to ensure accessibility The introduction of legislation will lay out a framework for the development and implementation of accessibility standards and serve as an important step in fulfilling the vision of a fully accessible society The recommendations of the Council will create critical elements essential

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  • What's New | Barrier Free Manitoba
    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 Community Wide Collaboration on Accessibility Jan 08 2013 Barrier Free Manitoba hosted an initial discussion session on the afternoon of December 5 2012 to promote early and collaborative planning regarding options to ensure the effective implmentation of the provincial accessibility rights legislation that is expected to be passed by June 2013 A total of 32 participants attended the session including the Barrier Free Manitoba Steering Committee and representatives from 23 invited disability related coalitions and organizations in Manitoba A key planning assumption related to Barrier Free Manitoba s decision to wrap up operations as it is currently constitued upon passage of the legislation Securing this legislation has been and continues to be Barrier Free Manitoba s sole focus The objective for the session was to facilitate a preliminary discussion of The key opportunities and challenges that will be part of the post legislative reality Roles and functions that will be important in addressing these opportunities and challenges Possible options for how these roles and functions can be organized Possible options for

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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 Complete Collection of Ontario Ministry 2012 13 Accessibility Plans Dec 24 2012 As required under legislation each of Ontario Ministries have posted their most recent annual plans for removing barriers and enhancing accessibility on a central government website It sure would be nice to see all Manitoba Departments follow suit in 2013 14 But this reporting and planning requirement would need to be set out in the accessibility rights legislation the Government looks to table within the coming months But why stop here Crown corporations and municipalities should be required to submit annual plans too Barrier Free Manitoba called for these requirements in

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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 2012 Season s Greetings Dec 12 2012 Barrier Free Manitoba extends our best wishes for a wonderful

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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 Very Promising Stakeholder Discussions on December 5th Dec 07 2012 Thirty two invited participants including representatives from the following 23 disability related organizations met on December 5th at an initial discussion session hosted by the Barrier Free Manitoba Steering Committee Abilites Manitoba Active Living Coalition for Older Adults Canadian Centre on Disability Studies Children s Coaltion Community Living Manitoba Community Living Winnipeg Deaf Centre Diversity World Environmental Health Association of Manitoba EHA MB Independent Living Resource Centre Manitoba Association of Senior Centres Manitoba League of Persons with Disabilities Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada Manitoba Division New Directions People First Manitoba Public Interest Law Centre RRC Disability Community Support Program SMD Clearinghouse St Amant The Joint Committee University of Manitoba Disability Studies Visually Impaired Resource Network VIRN Women s Health Clinic The purpose of the discussion session was to begin planning for future work to follow the hopeful passage of strong and effective accessibiity rights legislaiton in Manitoba within the next year Barrier Free Manitoba s five Steering Committee members hosted the session which was facilitated by Patrick

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