A message from James van Raalte, Director General, Office for Disability Issues – Employment and Social Development Canada

On May 11, we emailed you a message from The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities announcing National AccessAbility Week and indicating that this week will celebrate, highlight and promote inclusion and accessibility in our communities and workplaces across the country.

I am taking this opportunity to share with you resources and additional information about the Week. You can find all of the resources at the Accessible Canada website.

Attached you will find a message from Minister Qualtrough on the release of the summary report “Creating new national accessibility legislation: What we learned.” The report summarizes the input received following Canada-wide consultations to inform the development of new planned federal accessibility legislation.

We have also launched the #MyDreams campaign that features short video vignettes of children of all abilities answering the question “What do you want to be when you grow up?”  The objective of this campaign is to raise awareness of the Government of Canada’s commitment to ensuring greater accessibility and opportunities for Canadians with disabilities, while underscoring the need for a change in culture to ensure that children are set up for success from the beginning. All videos can be accessed through the Accessible Canada website.

We encourage you to follow @AccessibleGC on Twitter, Accessible Canada on Facebook and follow the hashtag #AccessibleCanada and #AccessAbility for the latest information. Also, please consider forwarding this to your networks.

Together, let’s continue working towards an Accessible Canada.

James van Raalte
Director General
Office for Disability Issues
Employment and Social Development Canada