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  • What's New | Barrier Free Manitoba
    Summary Word or PDF 1 Strong Resolute and Robust Intent and Language The preamble and the purpose in the legislation must establish an unequivocal commitment to the timely and systemic prevention and removal of barriers to full accessibility This commitment must be firmly grounded in domestic and international human rights law basic principles of access and justice and the acknowledgement of the historic and current discrimination faced by persons with disabilities The strength of the language must match the strength of the commitment that is established in the legislation 2 Drivers to Sustain Vision Commitment and Accountability The legislation must include measures that sustain vision commitment and accountability for results over time These measures should include but not be limited to the establishment of a target date by which a barrier free Manitoba will be achieved and the requirement for regular independent reviews of the effectiveness of the legislation The legislation should require that the reports from these reviews be tabled as part of the public record of the Legislative Assembly 3 Leadership and Effective Resources for Disability Community The legislation must set out leadership roles for persons with disabilities and disability representatives in major areas of its development and implementation It is essential that the disability representatives are effectively resourced to enable them to fulfill these roles and to have the same level of access to independent technical and legal resources and advice as other stakeholders which participate in these processes 4 Built on the Best With Early and Tangible Progress The legislation must build on the strengths of accessibility rights laws that are in place in other jurisdictions while not replicating their weaknesses Established resources and tools from these jurisdictions should be used to support early and tangible progress in implementation This will allow Manitoba to demonstrate early

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  • What's New | Barrier Free Manitoba
    centre and helps facilitate change on the road to a healthier life It is an event where all persons living with disabilities will work side by side and hand in hand with health and wellness professionals caregivers and policy makers to explore the themes of your health your rights and your community May 30 Keynote Speaker Durhane Wong Rieger PhD is President and CEO of the Institute for Optimizing Health Outcomes She is also president of the Canadian Organization for Rare Disorders and head of Consumer Advocare Network which promotes consumer engagement in healthcare policy and advocacy She will address the new role for healthcare professionals to coach and support consumers to effectively self manage Learn how consumers and healthcare providers are partnering to co create health in a variety of health settings and the skills and strategies that lead to self empowerment May 31 Keynote Speaker Barrier Free Manitoba is a non partisan non profit initiative that encourages effective legislation that requires the removal of existing barriers and prevents the creation of new ones The initiative believes that Manitoba is poised to become the new leader in promoting and protecting the human rights of persons with disabilities Effective accessibility rights legislation promises to be a big step forward What s already underway What lies ahead Supports are in place to make the event affordable and accessible to all persons with disabilities including those who are aging into a disability Please mark your calendar and save this date Over the next few weeks check out www smd mb ca or www ilrc mb ca for registration and program information Register online soon or contact Sonya at 204 261 7290 Who should Attend All persons with disabilities including those who are aging into a disability Persons living with chronic conditions Supporters

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  • What's New | Barrier Free Manitoba
    for the Council s public consultation event With the very limited time available Barrier Free Manitoba has conducted a preliminary review of the discussion paper We are pleased in advance of the public consultation event to share the major comments and conclusions from our review Following is a summary of our key observations Positive Elements The discussion paper 1 Positively states the Province of Manitoba s commitment to move forward with accessibility rights legislation 2 Outlines the important role that the MAAC will play in making recommendations towards this end 3 Steps beyond the previous discussion paper by including some additional detail about a proposed legislative model 4 Proposes a direction for legislation that is consistent with two of Barrier Free Manitoba s nine principles Cover all disabilities Move beyond the complaints driven system to comprehensively address discrimination and barriers 5 Begins to address a further four of the principles Establish a timely and effective process for monitoring and enforcement of the standards Incorporate ongoing leadership roles for the disability community Supersede all other provincial legislation regulations or policies which provide lesser protections Not diminish other legal and human rights protections Concerns The discussion paper 1 Provides very limited information on the scope and nature of the working recommendations the Council must be considering for its June 16th report to the minister 2 Falls far short of adequately addressing three of the nine principles Reflect a principled approach to equality by not incorporating specific reference to both domestic and international law and to foundational principles Establish a definite target date to achieve a barrier free Manitoba Require the development of clear progressive mandatory and date specific standards in all major areas related to accessibility that will apply to public and private sectors 3 Does not show that careful consideration has

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  • What's New | Barrier Free 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 Registration Deadline Extended More Info Released May 01 2012 Following is the body text of the email Barrier Free Manitoba sent out to endorsers and subscribers late this afternoon More details regarding the Accessibility Advisory Council s public consultation process were finally made available this afternoon Here are the highlights and relevant links The Paper The much anticipated discussion paper has been released in electronic formats You can access downloadable English pdf and French pdf versions and an English html version Print and Braille versions of the discussion paper accessibility legislation will be available at the consultation event and by request to Tracy MacMillan phone 204 945 7613 email Tracy MacMillan gov mb ca Registration Deadline The deadline for registration to attend the May 8th event in person has been extended by 48 hours to the end of the day Thursday May 3rd Other Feedback Options Those interested in responding to the discussion paper in addition to or outside the May 8th event are invited to send comments via email accesscouncil gov mb ca or a web based feedback form and or submit written responses to the DIO s office The discussion paper set out June 5th as the deadline for the submission of these comments briefs Information Requested Still Pending We have requested that the DIO Council provide information on the agenda program for the public consultation event as soon as possible This information will help persons who have yet to registered assess whether attending makes sense for them It will also help people prepare to participate and or at the very least know what to expect Details on participation through

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  • What's New | Barrier Free Manitoba
    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 Registration Deadline Looming Details Still Missing Apr 30 2012 Yesterday in the absence of information on the public consultation event Barrier Free Manitoba sent the following email message out to groups and individuals which who have endorsed the call for legilsation as well as persons registered on our subscribers service This Tuesday May 1st is the deadline for registering for the Accessibility Advisory Council s AAC public consultation session to be held on May 8th 1 00 to 4 00 pm Main Floor Embassy Rooms A B and C Victoria Inn 1808 Wellington Avenue Winnipeg While it is wonderful that the AAC is wanting to consult with persons with disabilities and the broader public Barrier Free Manitoba like others is still waiting for the promised discussion paper We also don t have any details yet on what this session will look like We understand that deciding to accept or decline the invitation is pretty difficult without this information Preparing to participate assuming that the information does become available in the next few days poses further challenges Here s what we are suggesting The Invite If you have yet to register and might like to attend then consider registering by the end of the day Tuesday May 1st You can do this by contacting Tracy Macmillan at the Province s Disability Issues Office telephone 204 945 7613 email Tracy MacMillan gov mb ca The Information Barrier Free Manitoba will send out details related to the event and the discussion paper as soon as these become available

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  • What's New | Barrier Free Manitoba
    increase decrease the font PC ctrl ctrl MAC command command The Invite is Out Apr 17 2012 Following is the text included in the invitation For your convenience in distributon or review we have included downloadable Word doc originals of the invitation and the event poster April 17 2012 Greetings On June 16 2011 the Manitoba Legislature passed The Accessibility Advisory Council Act The Act established the Accessibility Advisory Council Council giving the Council the authority to make recommendations to the Minister on steps that can be taken to promote equality and remove barriers for Manitobans with disabilities As a first step the Council is proposing accessibility legislation that will move us towards a more inclusive society for all Manitobans The Council is seeking the public s views on accessibility legislation and would like to take this opportunity to invite you to a scheduled public consultation The event will take place on Tuesday May 8 2012 1 00 to 4 00 p m Registration is at 12 30 p m Main Floor Embassy Rooms A B and C Victoria Inn 1808 Wellington Avenue in Winnipeg To register please contact Tracy MacMillan by e mail at Tracy MacMillan gov mb ca

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  • What's New | Barrier Free Manitoba
    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 Upcoming Accessibility Advisory Council Consultations Mar 24 2012 The discussion summary from the AAC s February 27th meeting reports that the Council will be releasing a discussion paper in the next short while mid April or shortly thereafter The paper will provide the basis for public consultations before the Council finalizes its recommendations Details on both the scope and probable content of the paper and the dates and plans for consultations are expected shortly We will forward information on the consultations as soon as this becomes available We expect that we will be developing and submitting a brief in response to the discussion paper We will share an initial draft with those who have endorsed the call for strong and effective legislation We will also work to provide other materials to support your participation in the consultation process This upcoming spring consultation to be hosted by the AAC will be the first of three

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  • What's New | Barrier Free Manitoba
    train all those who deal with the public as well as those who establish policies on these principles with instruction on how to serve interact and communicate with persons with various types of disabilities Organizations are also required to establish and make public a process for receiving and responding to feedback about customer service to persons with a disability Finally all organizations with 20 or more employees must report on their compliance to government All public sector organizations within provincial jurisdiction were responsible to comply with these standards by January 1 2010 All other organizations had a compliance deadline of January 1 2012 and must report to government by the end of this year The number and range of new accessible customer service policies which have now been established is staggering Here s a selection from leading and or notable non government organizations Mercedes Benz Shoppers Drug Mart pdf Great West Life The Globe and Mail Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce pdf done voluntarily as banks are federally not provincially regulated Ontario Federation of Labour pdf Tim Hortons United Way Toronto Loblaws Word YMCA across Southwestern Ontario pdf Ottawa Senators Go Sens I mean go Jets This represents the beginning of a seismic shift in terms awareness of and the start of concerted corporate attention to the human rights of persons with disabilities And this only the first of Ontario s standards The pity is that most of these policies and most of the training are currently only applicable in Ontario Having such impressive progress in customer service and expectations extended to Manitoba consumers and citizens seems a very achievable first step under our provincial accessibility rights legislation Integrated Accessibility Standards The second of Ontario s accessibility standards is now officially law in that province Called the Integrated Accessibility Standards

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