National Accessibility Week

The theme of Canada’s National Accessibility Week 2024 is, “Forward Together: Accessibility and Inclusion for All”. Explore for more on what this means for you!

National Accessibility Week — We cannot say this any better

There are two websites that we want to link to you in your own exploration of National Accessibility Week this year. These sites will source you with information, resources, and boundless inspiration. They’ll encourage you, and may even compel you to unique action.

When you contemplate the theme, “Forward Together: Accessibility and Inclusion for All,” what does that mean for you? If you are a person facing accessibility barriers, it means a lot. And defining that is likely complex.

In an effort to educate and inform, there are creators, collaborators, and get-‘er-done Do-ers moving the needle on spreading the message.

One go-to ‘site this National Accessibility Week

Whatever your political leanings these days, the Government of Canada Website is vast source of information on so many things. NAW is no exception! Visit their site today!

They note,

“Join us from May 26 to June 1, 2024, to celebrate:

  • the valuable contributions and leadership of persons with disabilities in Canada
  • the work of allies, organizations and communities that are removing barriers
  • ongoing efforts to become a more accessible and disability inclusive Canada

This year, the theme for National AccessAbility Week is “Forward Together: Accessibility and Inclusion for All,” emphasizing the need for collective efforts to create a barrier-free Canada. Our country’s strength lies in the diversity of its people—all its people—and we can all contribute to this vision.”

They go on to offer,

About an Accessible Canada

From: Employment and Social Development Canada

All Canadians have the right to take part fully in society. Advancing accessibility is about creating barrier-free communities, workplaces and services for all Canadians. This is especially important to the more than 6 million Canadians, aged 15 and over, who have a disability.Footnote1

In 2010, Canada ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). By signing the UNCRPD, the Government of Canada committed to furthering the rights of persons with disabilities.

The development of national accessibility legislation – the Accessible Canada Act (ACA) – fulfilled the Government of Canada’s commitment to accessibility and the rights of persons with disabilities. The development of this legislation involved significant consultation with stakeholders, and the disability community in particular. The resulting Accessible Canada Act is landmark federal legislation that aims to realize a barrier-free Canada by 2040.

A key principle of the ACA is “Nothing Without Us”, which means that persons with disabilities should be consulted when developing laws, policies and programs that impact them. In keeping with this principle, the Government of Canada works with persons with disabilities, and organizations who advocate on their behalf, to better understand the full diversity of the community it serves.”

The site has so much information! Don’t miss out on information on things like:

Canada Disability Benefit

Disability Inclusion Action Plan

Social Development Partnerships Program – Disability and so much more!

National Accessibility Week through the eyes and ears of the CBC

You do not want to miss out on this engaging (and entertaining) post fostering all-things “AccessAbility”!

The effort? “Join us at CBC as we celebrate National AccessAbility Week 2024 by shining a spotlight on content and initiatives dedicated to accessibility and disability across our platforms. Throughout the week, we’re dedicating airtime to special programming that brings to light the stories and experiences of individuals with disabilities, amplifying their voices and fostering greater awareness about accessibility issues.

Television, news, music, radio and podcasting; sports, books, and a whole bunch of kids programming! CBC has a lot going on to shine a beautiful, bright light on different abilities and wellbeing. We just have nothing we can add to this beautiful exploration of representation in our country.

Donating to the charities that work on this stuff 365/24/7

If you’re sorted for information, and you’re actually just looking to give? Look no further! CanadaHelps and we, here at Donate a Car Canada, have robust lists of hard working charities to help you do just that.

There are many ways to support the cause of National Accessibility Week. Time, expertise, and equal opportunity through your own place of business. You can volunteer at your beloved charity, or get involved in the communities serving differently abled Canadians.

And, of course, you can simply and quickly donate that unused/unwanted vehicle!

Every vehicle donation comes with a free tow, and the charity you love will receive the net proceeds from the re-sale or recycling of your vehicle.

We can’t wait to serve you and the charity you care about!

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