What is National AccessAbility Week?
National AccessAbility Week returns this year from May 29th to June 3rd, and it’s dedicated to promoting accessibility and inclusion. This important week gives us the opportunity to recognize the valuable contributions and leadership of persons with disabilities in Canada. The goal of National AccessAbility Week is to raise awareness about the barriers that people with disabilities face and to encourage everyone, including allies, organizations, and communities, to take action towards removing these barriers. Look out for events and activities in Alberta and across the country, as well as opportunities for individuals and organizations to share their stories and experiences related to accessibility and inclusion. Let’s continue our ongoing efforts to become a more accessible and inclusive Canada. Check out the resources below to learn more and get involved!
National AccessAbility Week Events in Alberta
Personal Perspectives on Accessible Design – The Integrated Infrastructure Services Diversity & Inclusion Committee is hosting a panel discussion. Linnie Tse, Amandeep Saggu, Christopher Gordon and Rob Wyatt will share their lived experience and speak to the barriers they face when accessing infrastructure in the city. NAAW Panel Discussion – Personal Perspectives on Accessible Design Tickets, Tue, 31 May 2022 at 12:00 PM | Eventbrite
Power of Inclusion Event – Rick Hansen Foundation is hosting a FREE virtual event on the importance of challenging perceptions of disability and removing attitudinal barriers. Webinar Registration – Zoom
Resources and Services
Accessibility Resources, Rick Hansen Foundation – These are a few universal design guidelines on how to improve accessibility in your building or community. Accessibility Resources | Rick Hansen Foundation
Barrier Free Alberta – to encourage the Government of Alberta to enact strong and effective accessibility legislation that will ensure every Albertan living with a disability has the opportunity to participate in all aspects of a complete and meaningful life. About | BarrierFreeAB
Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities. – Contributes to projects that help persons with disabilities find jobs in Canada. Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities – Canada.ca
Enabling Accessibility Fund – Supports community and workplace-based projects across Canada aimed at improving accessibility and safety in communities and workplaces. Enabling Accessibility Fund – Canada.ca
Ways the University of Alberta are Working Towards Better Accessibility and Inclusion – U of A community working toward better accessibility and inclusion | Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine (ualberta.ca)
A Conversation with Paralympian Zak Madell
Zak Madell discusses accessibility in Canada with CBC sports.