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The new Canadians With Disabilities Act

The Canadians With Disabilities Act – have your say on what’s included

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Canadians with disabilities continue to face barriers that affect their ability to participate in the many day-to-day activities that most people take for granted. These barriers could include:

  • physical and architectural barriers that impede the ability to move freely in the built environment, use public transportation, access information or use technology;
  • attitudes, beliefs and misconceptions that some people may have about people with disabilities and what they can and cannot do; and
  • outdated policies and practices that do not take into account the varying abilities and disabilities that people may have.

This is why the Government of Canada has committed the development of new planned accessibility legislation – the Canadians with Disabilities Act – which promises to promote equality of opportunity and increase the inclusion and participation of Canadians who have disabilities or functional limitations.

On June 22, 2016, the Government of Canada took a major step forward by launching a public consultation on what should be included in this Canadians with Disabilities Act (CDA).

This call for public input is your opportunity to have your voice heard, and to make a difference in what this new legislation will contain. The consultation will run from September 2016 to February 2017, and will include federally-sponsored public forums across Canada.

There are several different ways in which you can participate and have your say. You can answer this online questionnaire, send in comments via email, participate via telephone, or even join in on one of the many in-person sessions that will be held across Canada.

The Federal Government has asked organizations who support individuals with disabilities to work together to assist in the consultation process around the Canadians with Disabilities Act. Muscular Dystrophy Canada will be working with a number of organizations in the coming weeks to ensure that our community is fully represented and will have the necessary tools and resources to ensure that all your voices will be heard.

For detailed information on this legislation, including specific contact information and the different ways in which you can participate in your region, please visit the Government of Canada’s CDA consultation page.

You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and bookmark this webpage to follow the newest updates as they become available. We look forward to working with you on this very important initiative. Together we can make a difference!

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