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  • What's New | Barrier Free Manitoba
    Call Subscribe Follow Us on Twitter Join Us on Facebook To increase decrease the font PC ctrl ctrl MAC command command Disability Discrimination Now Accounts for Over One Half of All Human Rights Complaints Nov 30 2012 Following is Barrier Free Manitoba s November 30 2012 Media Release The data presented in the release are from the Manitoba Human Rights Commission s 2011 Annual Report pdf WINNIPEG Disability discrimination accounted for more than one half 51 of all formal human rights complaints filed with the Manitoba Human Rights Commission MHRC over the past year This represents the highest rate of disability related complaints since the MHRC began releasing comparative data in 2001 The average rate over the past decade had been only 39 Percent of Complaints to MHRC by Ground 2011 This sharp spike in complaints based on disability discrimination is deeply troubling said Janet Forbes spokesperson for Barrier Free Manitoba While it has long ranked as the No 1 ground for formal complaint disability discrimination has never before represented the majority of complaints being handled by the MHRC The report of this abrupt increase comes on the eve of the annual celebration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities that will be held December 3 2012 This year s theme established by the United Nations is Removing barriers to create an inclusive and accessible society for all While some progress has been made in removing barriers in recent years said Ms Forbes this most recent data reminds us how far we still have left to go Barrier Free Manitoba along with hundreds of coalitions groups and individuals has called on the province to enact strong and effective accessibility rights legislation to deal with the pervasive barriers that continue to face Manitobans with disabilities The Province of Manitoba made

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  • What's New | Barrier Free Manitoba
    Vice Chairperson discussed their August meeting with Civil Legal Services and the legislative drafter It was an opportunity for the Chair and Vice Chair to discuss the spirit and intent of recommendations and ensure a consistent translation from the AAC report to the legal language of the legislation All parties shared a mutual understanding of the content and structure envisioned by the Council recommendations One of the suggestions made by council members after submitting the report and discussions with the legislative drafter was making slight changes to the wording of two of the accessibility principles contained in the report A re wording was prepared prior to the Council meeting for approval It would subsequently be forwarded to the Minister to accept and sent on to the legislative drafters for incorporation into the act The proposals do not in any way change the meaning or the content of the principle 1 Access Current Wording Barriers should not prevent a person from accessing places events and other functions that are generally available in the community Proposed Rewording All persons should have barrier free access to places events and other functions that are generally available in the community 2 Equality Current Wording Barriers should not prevent a person from accessing those things that will give the person equality of opportunity and outcome Proposed Rewording All persons should have barrier free access to those things that will give them equality of opportunity and outcome Action The proposals be forwarded to the Minister for approval The meeting was used primarily to review the submissions from the public regarding Council s final report to the Minister including recommendations on the structure and content of substantive accessibility legislation The Secretary to the Council shared with Council members a prepared document with the salient points of all responses

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  • What's New | Barrier Free Manitoba
    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 2012 Throne Speech Commitment Nov 20 2012 The 2012 Speech from the Throne delivered on November 19 included the commitment to move forward with accessibility rights legislation this year The speech which opened the second session of the 40th Manitoba legislative assembly was delivered by Chief Justice Richard Scott on behalf of Lt Gov Philip Lee Following is the relevant section of the speech Work has already been done to improve accessibility legislation in Manitoba to help ensure Manitobans with disabilities have better access to public buildings We have brought together parties never before involved There is a broad consensus emerging and we need to share responsibility and move

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  • What's New | Barrier Free Manitoba
    MAC command command Post Legislative Working Assumptions Nov 02 2012 Barrier Free Manitoba has developed eight basic assumptions about the environment that will follow the passage of strong and effective accessibility rights legislation hoped for in June 2013 These have been developed to support discussions within the disability community on options to address the opportunities and challenges that will emerge over the short to medium term Central among these assumptions No 7 is that the utility of Barrier Free Manitoba as a time limited single focus initiative will have run its course upon the passage of the landmark legislation This means that we will continue to actively advocate for the strongest and most effective possible legislation But new collaborative arrangements will be required thereafter to ensure maximum benefits for the community Here s our two basic asks a Please continue actively supporting of our spirited advocacy efforts through to the end of June 2013 There is still an awful lot of work ahead to ensure that the Legislative Assembly passes strong and effective legislation b Please begin and contribute to discussions on what makes the most sense for sustained community collaboration related to the legislation once it is passed And of course thank you for the remarkable support you have already provided to our legislative advocacy efforts The Working Assumptions 1 The Manitoba Accessibility Advisory Council MAAC with its mix of organizational representatives and individual members will be responsible to provide leadership in the development of accessibility standards 2 The need for a full range of accessibility standards will exceed capacity under the legislation to develop and implement these standards at least in the short to medium term 3 Many stakeholders currently responsible for barriers to equitable access will advocate for limited progress particularly where significant costs and or changes

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  • What's New | Barrier Free Manitoba
    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 Prominent Manitobans Publicly Call for Stronger Measures Oct 17 2012 Paul Thomas and Rob McInnes two highly respected Manitobans shared the comments on the MAAC s recommendations they have sent to Minister Jennifer Howard Both support BFM s call for stronger measures Paul G Thoma s Professor Emeritus of Political Studies at the University of Manitoba served as Duff Roblin Professor of Government Over his long and distinquished career Dr Thomas has received numerous types of recognition for his scholarship and contributions to public policy In July 2007 he was inducted into the Order of Manitoba which annually recognizes twelve Manitobans for their outstanding contributions to the province Canada and abroad Here s an excerpt from his comments In endorsing BFM s call for stronger measures in five areas I offer the somewhat different perspective of an academic who has studied and participated at times in the political and the policy process for four decades My bottom line however is that the Government of Manitoba should strive to get as much right as possible on this round of reforms because we owe it to the disability community who have waited decades to have their rights enshrined in strong legislation and to have those rights supported by effective programmes and services Read his full comments here Rob McInnes Partner in Diversity World is highly regarded human services professional with over 30 years of experience in management and innovative program design focused on issues of employment and diversity Mr McInnes is editor co author of several publications on disability and employment issues and has an management career that spans senior

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  • What's New | 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 Lennon s Imagine The Disability Version Oct 16 2012 Martyn Sibley a UK based disability activist has tweaked John Lennon s famous song to address aspirations for an inclusive world He has posted his rendition on his website Feel free to listen to the original song while reading his lyrics by clicking here captioned Imagine there s no stairways It s easy if you try No steps below us Above us only one sky Imagine all the people Living in equality Imagine there s no prejudice It isn t hard to do No reason to judge or hate And no name calling too Imagine all the people Living life in peace You may say I m a dreamer But I m not the only one I hope someday you ll join

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  • What's New | Barrier Free Manitoba
    the other The challenge for me is to walk a long distance or stand for a long time or do a lot of stairs she said in an interview Tuesday Howard bought tickets to a concert recently and when she arrived there were no seats left She found a stack of chairs and took one to sit on but the venue staff wouldn t let her use it Howard couldn t stand for the show so she had to leave I didn t feel like what I was asking for was unreasonable or unachievable All that was standing in my way was knowledge Howard said The venue staff didn t know they had a duty to accommodate someone under the Manitoba Human Rights Code she said Missing the concert wasn t a big deal but being excluded hit her emotionally she said It was only one concert one evening out but it s something people with disabilities go through over and over again Howard said She hopes to introduce accessibility legislation by the end of 2013 The Manitoba Accessibility Advisory Council was formed last November with representatives from organizations of people with disabilities businesses and municipalities It s come up with 43 recommendations for the legislation to prevent and remove accessibility barriers and craft policies and practices to improve accessibility The public has until Oct 21 to comment on the proposal Most of their recommendations are good but the legislation needs more teeth critics say It doesn t go far enough said Dale Kendel with Community Living Manitoba His organization belongs to Barrier Free Manitoba the umbrella group formed in 2008 to push for accessibility legislation There is no target date Kendel said If there s no deadline for reaching goals those goals likely won t be met he said

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  • What's New | Barrier Free Manitoba
    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 New Political Analysis from the Academy Oct 09 2012 Karine Levasseur Assistant Professor from the University of Manitoba recently published a fine article on the factors that led the government to delay passage of substantive rights legislation in 2011 Here is an exceprt from her concluding thoughts While other jurisdictions notably Ontario have actively pursued accessibility legislation Manitoba s journey towards establishing a barrier free province through the development of accessibility standards has been over processed Bill 47 proved to be easy to pass and because it is entirely procedural as opposed to substantive there is no real opposition By prescribing yet another consultative process Bill 47 unnecessarily delays the development of accessibility standards so it is perhaps no surprise that there was such tepid support by disability advocates for Bill 47 before the Standing Committee on Human Resources Despite this delay Manitoba will be one of a small handful of jurisdictions with accessibility standards To its credit the Province of Manitoba

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