National AccessAbility Week – May 29 to June 4, 2022

Inclusive from the start

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Join us from May 29 to June 4, 2022 for National AccessAbility Week (NAAW) to:

This year the theme for National AccessAbility Week is “Inclusive from the start”.

Imagine a Canada where no one is left out. A Canada that does not just accommodate disability, but one that is disability inclusive from the start. That is the Canada we are creating – for everyone.

Canadian Congress on Disability Inclusion

Starting this year on May 26 and 27, the Canadian Congress on Disability Inclusion (CCDI 2022) will open National AccessAbility Week.

This virtual, interactive and accessible event is free and open to all Canadians. It will bring together:

They will share insights and help shape accessible and inclusive communities and workplaces across Canada.

The Congress will feature:

Follow #InclusiveFromTheStart and #NAAW2022 on social media for more updates throughout the Congress and National AccessAbility Week.

Message from the Minister

Minister Qualtrough launches the National Accessability Week 2022

Transcript

[On the top right, image shows the National AccessAbility Week background and the following text:

  • NAAW 2022 Inclusive from the start
  • SNA 2022 L’inclusivité dès les départ
  • May 29 to June 4
  • 29 Mai au 4 Juin

The background also includes 7 accessibility icons.]

[The Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough starts to speak. Throughout the video, an ASL interpreter signs at the top left corner.]

Hello!

On May 29th, Canada will kick off our sixth annual National AccessAbility Week.

One in five Canadians have a disability. National AccessAbility Week is a time to celebrate the rich talent and contributions of persons with disabilities in Canada.

It’s a moment to lift up the individuals, organizations, and communities that are doing the work to remove barriers, and make this country more inclusive. 

The theme for 2022 is: “Inclusive from the Start.” We want you to imagine a Canada where no one is left out. Where disability diversity is sought out and celebrated, and the needs of everyone are considered from the beginning.

A Canada where we are disability inclusive from the start.

That’s the Canada we deserve. That’s the Canada we are creating – for everyone. 

[Pause]

And together, we are getting there. In 2018 our country took a huge leap forward, with the Accessible Canada Act.

 [Throughout this sequence, while the Minister speaks, a video plays in the background. The video footage includes a woman sitting and working in front of her computer; a young man sitting on a couch folding clothes; a woman on a wheelchair in her kitchen giving food to her dog; an office setting with multiple work stations with a woman wearing a mask sitting at one station with a man standing working at another and a woman on a mobility scooter leaving the room; another woman wearing a mask on a mobility scooter in an office corridor; a young man wearing safety glasses and gloves, working in a factory holding an electrical circuit board; a man standing behind a desk speaking to a man on a wheelchair; the man on a wheelchair in a communal room is handing snacks to a young girl standing; a young woman working in a factory stacking boxes]

[The Minister continues her speech.]

We’re making sure the measures and rights outlined in this Law become a lived reality for Canadians. The first set of regulations under the Act came into force in 2021.

This spring, we appointed Stephanie Cadieux as the first Chief Accessibility Officer and Michael Gottheil as the first Accessibility Commissioner to the Canadian Human Rights Commission in April.

[For the following sequence, while the Minister speaks, a video plays in the background. The video footage includes a woman working in a grocery store arranging the meat fridge; a woman in a retailer storage room stacking empty boxes; a man wearing dark glasses, sitting and working in front of his computer; a man walking down an aisle in a storage room, he piles empty boxes on the shelves, zooms in on him folding a plastic laminated poster on a table; a woman working at a reception desk in a car dealership; a man on a wheelchair working in a home improvement retailer and filling shelves in various departments; a woman making sandwiches and preparing ingredients in a fast food restaurant; a woman sitting and working in front of her computer with a woman on the phone in the background; a man on a wheelchair uses assistive technology and points with his mouth to access his mobile phone; a woman cleaning furniture.]

There is so much more to do to ensure persons with disabilities have the same rights, opportunities, and quality of life as every other Canadian.

[Pause]

Soon, we’ll be releasing Canada’s first ever Disability Inclusion Action Plan - a blueprint for change to make Canada more inclusive of persons with disabilities.

The Action Plan has four key pillars: financial security, employment, inclusive communities, and a better process to assess eligibility for Canadians with disabilities for federal programs and benefits.

Because when persons with disabilities have the same opportunities to contribute to their communities, the same quality of service from their government, and enjoy the same quality of life as everyone else, our economy is stronger and our country is better. That’s the Canada we want.

And we’re not doing any of this alone. In the spirit of Nothing Without Us, everything we do is developed and implemented in lock-step with the disability community.

It is the relentless advocacy and groundwork of this community that has made all this progress possible.

And that’s who this week is really about. The Canadians who are making this country more inclusive, and those who are making our country a richer, more vibrant place in spite of the barriers they still face.

[The Minister continues her speech.]

So this National AccessAbility Week, let’s celebrate our community, and keep working to build a country where persons with disabilities are not just accommodated but included.

We can do better. We can create a country that is disability inclusive from the start. That’s the Canada I want for all of us.

Happy National AccessAbility Week!

[The screen shows the National AccessAbility Week background and the following text:

  • NAAW 2022 Inclusive from the start
  • SNA 2022 L’inclusivité dès les départ
  • May 29 to June 4
  • 29 Mai au 4 Juin

The background also includes 7 accessibility icons.]

[The screen closes with the Canada Wordmark with its waving flag.]

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Services and information

Making an accessible Canada for persons with disabilities
Find out how communities, workplaces and services can contribute to a Canada without barriers where everyone can participate fully.

Canada Pension Plan Disability Benefit
A taxable benefit that individuals may be eligible for if they are unable to work because of a disability.

Registered Disability Savings Plan
A savings plan to help participants save for the long-term financial security of a person who is eligible for the disability tax credit.

Enabling Accessibility Fund
Supports community-based projects across Canada aimed at improving accessibility and safety in communities and workplaces.

Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities
Contributes to projects that help persons with disabilities find jobs in Canada.

Social Development Partnerships Program - Disability
Supports activities from social not-for-profit organizations that help persons with disabilities to participate in all aspects of Canadian society.

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