Sat. Jul 13th, 2024

Canadian Government Hosts Third Annual Canadian Congress on Disability Inclusion, Initiating National AccessAbility Week 2024

The Government of Canada reaffirms its commitment to creating an inclusive society for all, highlighting ongoing efforts since the passage of the Accessible Canada Act. This landmark legislation has propelled the nation toward eliminating barriers in everyday activities for Canadians with disabilities, comprising over a quarter of the population aged 15 and older.

On May 23, 2024, the Honorable Kamal Khera, Minister of Diversity, Inclusion and Persons with Disabilities, will inaugurate the third annual Canadian Congress on Disability Inclusion. This year’s theme, “Forward Together: Accessibility and Inclusion for All,” calls for a unified approach across all sectors to achieve a barrier-free Canada by 2040. The Congress marks the commencement of National AccessAbility Week, celebrated under the same inclusive banner.

The Congress, which is accessible, virtual, and free of charge, embodies the principle of “Nothing Without Us.” It serves as a pivotal platform for persons with disabilities, disability organizations, public and private sectors, academics, innovators, and thought leaders to exchange ideas and best practices. The agenda includes panel discussions on the progress of the Accessible Canada Act, inclusively built environments, and accessible employment. Highlights of the event will feature a keynote address by Prasanna Ranganathan, a founding board member of the Disability Screen Office, and special celebrations of Canadian athletes and artists with disabilities.

Participants are encouraged to register or find more information on the Canadian Congress on Disability Inclusion webpage.

Quote: “We’ve come a long way since the Accessible Canada Act came into force five years ago, and the progress we’ve made so far is because we have been deliberate and persistent in making the choice of inclusion and accessibility,” said Minister Kamal Khera. “I look forward to the important conversations that will take place during both the Canadian Congress on Disability Inclusion and National AccessAbility Week across the country. It is incumbent upon all of us, as leaders, as advocates, and truly as Canadians, to work to build a fairer, more inclusive and accessible country for all, and for generations to come.”

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