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  • The Short Case for Accessibility-Rights Legislation | Barrier Free Manitoba
    that strong and effective accessibility rights legislation is required to remove the myriad of barriers still facing persons with disabilities as well as to prevent the ongoing creation of new ones The case for such legislation is not about extending new rights it s simply about enforcing the basic human rights that are already established in law for 170 000 Manitobans It s about recognizing that these rights affect everyone Every Manitoban either now has a disability knows someone with a disability or will acquire a disability in the coming years It s about being honest enough to acknowledge that the methods and approaches currently available to enforce these human rights while essential have proven to be inadequate As the Canadian Human Rights Commission concluded in its 2001 Annual Report For those who are discriminated against because of their disability the human rights complaints system is not necessarily the answer Eliminating obstacles one at a time step by step or ramp by ramp so to speak is not the best way to achieve a barrier free and inclusive world It s about taking our new obligations under the recently ratified International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities seriously It s about acting on the increasing international evidence that accessibility right legislation and mandatory standards are the only way to resolutely equitably and efficiently introduce full accessibility over a reasonable period of time It s about learning and building from models of accessibility rights laws and legislation that have been enacted in the United States 1990 Australia 1992 the United Kingdom 1995 and now Ontario 2005 that have all had a substantial impact on improving accessibility It s about creating an inclusive province that Manitobans can be proud of by committing ourselves to this goal working together to develop

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  • The UN Convention | Barrier Free Manitoba
    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 The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities marks a major international milestone in the effort to promote protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms of persons with disabilities and to promote respect for their inherent dignity The Convention http www un org disabilities default asp id 259 along with an Optional Protocol was adopted on 13 December 2006 by the United Nations General Assembly and was opened for signature on 30 March 2007 There were 82 signatories to the Convention 44 signatories to the Optional Protocol and one ratification of the Convention This is the highest number of signatories in history to a UN Convention on its opening

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  • In Brief | Barrier Free Manitoba
    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 In Brief The Convention Is intended as a human rights instrument with an explicit social development dimension Adopts a broad categorization of persons with disabilities and reaffirms that all persons with all types of disabilities must enjoy all human rights and fundamental freedoms Clarifies and qualifies how all categories of rights apply to persons with disabilities and Identifies areas where adaptations have to be made for persons with disabilities to effectively exercise their rights their rights have been violated and where protection of rights must be reinforced Canada signed the Convention CRPD but not the Protocol on March 30 2007 In May 2 2008 a private members

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  • Excerpts from the Convention | Barrier Free Manitoba
    despite these various instruments and undertakings persons with disabilities continue to face barriers in their participation as equal members of society and violations of their human rights in all parts of the world Article 4 General obligations States Parties undertake to ensure and promote the full realization of all human rights and fundamental freedoms for all persons with disabilities without discrimination of any kind on the basis of disability To this end States Parties undertake a To adopt all appropriate legislative administrative and other measures for the implementation of the rights recognized in the present Convention b To take all appropriate measures including legislation to modify or abolish existing laws regulations customs and practices that constitute discrimination against persons with disabilities c To take into account the protection and promotion of the human rights of persons with disabilities in all policies and programmes Article 8 Awareness Raising States Parties undertake to adopt immediate effective and appropriate measures a To raise awareness throughout society including at the family level regarding persons with disabilities and to foster respect for the rights and dignity of persons with disabilities b To combat stereotypes prejudices and harmful practices relating to persons with disabilities including those based on sex and age in all areas of life c To promote awareness of the capabilities and contributions of persons with disabilities Article 9 Accessibility To enable persons with disabilities to live independently and participate fully in all aspects of life States Parties shall take appropriate measures to ensure to persons with disabilities access on an equal basis with others to the physical environment to transportation to information and communications including information and communications technologies and systems and to other facilities and services open or provided to the public both in urban and in rural areas areas These measures

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  • Feature Issue | Barrier Free Manitoba
    well hold the key to which party forms the government in 2016 Note that in the last general provincial election in 2011 the NDP received just over 47 of the popular vote in Manitoba but won 65 of the seats a record majority see Figure 1 Figure 1 The Progressive Conservatives on the other hand received almost the same percent of the popular vote 45 but came away with only one third 19 of total seats The Liberals captured only 7 of the popular vote that translated into only 1 seat less than 2 of the total If the number of seats had actually reflected the popular vote in the election we would have had a minority NDP government with only one more seat that the PCs and with the Liberals holding the balance of power with four MLAs Did some sort of magic affect the results Did something untoward take place No on both counts The marked difference between popular vote and electoral success is explained by what political scientists refer to as the efficiency of the vote Lopsided victories in secure constituencies are reflected in the popular vote but don t translate into overall seat counts Figure 2 Both the NDP and the PCs held their traditional seats among the 41 constituencies won by wide margins see figures 2 and 3 These 41 solid constituencies represent their respective bases of support in Manitoba Figure 3 The NDP won 61 5 of the vote compared to the PC s 31 in the 25 of these seats that went NDP In contrast the PCs won 67 of the vote compared to only 27 for the NDP in the 16 of these seats the PCs won However and here s the difference the NDP were very fortunate to win the lion

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  • Feature Issue Archive | Barrier Free Manitoba
    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 Feature Issue Archive

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  • News Archive | Barrier Free Manitoba
    section has been eclisped by the ongoing development of social media We invite those interested in keeping up to date on global developments related to disability and accessibility rights to Follow us on Twitter Join us on Facebook Subscribe to our daily world accessibility digest Join International Day Celebrations Nov 22 2011 If you are Winnipeg on December 2 we urge you to join the celebrations of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities at one or both scheduled public events Read More Disability Top Ranked Human Rights Issue For Entire Past Decade Nov 17 2011 Disability discrimination has ranked as the undisputed No 1 ground for human rights complaints in Manitoba every year over the last decade Read More UN Convention Now Available as Word Cloud Poster Nov 12 2011 In preparation for the December 3 International Day Barrier Free Manitoba has created a graphic word cloud version of the Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Read More Pre Launch of Social Media Sites Nov 03 2011 Gearing up for an expected December launch Barrier Free Manitoba has just put up developmental Twitter and Facebook sites Check them out today and tell us what you think Web site changes are also pending Read More Tribute to Reg Alcock Oct 16 2011 Barrier Free Manitoba regrets the sudden passing of Reg Alcock who died on Friday October 14th and extends deepest condolences to his family Read More Council Members Appointed Oct 11 2011 The Minister of Labour and Immigration has now appointed 11 members to the maximum 12 member Accessibility Advisory Council Appointments include the naming of a Chair and Vice chair Read More Selected Quotes from the Legislative Process Jun 23 2011 Much was said about Bill 47 and both the need and support for accessibility rights

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  • Disability-Related Videos | Barrier Free Manitoba
    Please feel free to suggest other videos that you think we should include UK Disability Discrimination Commission The Disability Discrimination Commission was replaced by the UK Equality and Human Rights Commission which opened on 1 October 2007 Talk The award winning Talk portrays a society in which non disabled people are a pitied minority and disabled people lead full and active lives Part 1 5 40 http www youtube com watch v vSG6LGutkHo Part 2 5 07 http www youtube com watch v ZpdyIYEmrs8 A Clip abbreviated 2 47 http www youtube com watch v k3AeIFup1qY Job Interview A woman with Down s Syndrome is being interviewed for a job and becomes hesitant when the employer has a question for her but it s not as bad as she expects 1 01 http www youtube com watch v lN05UfmIAh4 Closing the Gap Closing the Gap is a powerful documentary depicting the real life experiences of four people with learning disabilities and or mental health problems in primary health care Part 1 7 32 http www youtube com watch v LrrVhIgg5oE Part 2 8 12 http www youtube com watch v UFia4JJIXN8 Saleswoman A woman has no trouble at her job in a travel agency despite being blind 0 41 http www youtube com watch v 0fvKp7voPkg Nice Day A powerful hard hitting commercial which highlights the daily abuse and bullying endured by people with learning disabilities 1 04 http www youtube com watch v LWR1v2ZDoCU Depression An employer embarrassingly tries and fails to express an enlightened view when he discovers the man he is interviewing for a job has a history of depression 1 00 http www youtube com watch v ILa9ynqYfEs Shopping Some disabled people have little chance of living a life independently due to difficulties with the social

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