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Accessibility News Archive

This section of our website is an archive of stories from here and around the world about disability issues up to November 2011. Note that due to changes in websites over time, the URLs listed may not remain current.

The usefulness of this section has been eclisped by the ongoing development of social media. We invite those interested in keeping up to date on global developments related to disability and accessibility rights to:

Join International Day Celebrations

Nov 22, 2011
If you are Winnipeg on December 2, we urge you to join the celebrations of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities at one or both scheduled public events.
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Disability Top Ranked Human Rights Issue For Entire Past Decade

Nov 17, 2011
Disability discrimination has ranked as the undisputed No. 1 ground for human rights complaints in Manitoba every year over the last decade.
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UN Convention Now Available as 'Word Cloud' Poster

Nov 12, 2011
In preparation for the December 3 International Day, Barrier-Free Manitoba has created a graphic 'word cloud' version of the Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
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Pre-Launch of Social Media Sites

Nov 03, 2011
Gearing up for an expected December launch, Barrier-Free Manitoba has just put up developmental Twitter and Facebook sites. Check them out today and tell us what you think. Web site changes are also pending.
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Tribute to Reg Alcock

Oct 16, 2011
Barrier-Free Manitoba regrets the sudden passing of Reg Alcock, who died on Friday, October 14th, and extends deepest condolences to his family.
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Council Members Appointed

Oct 11, 2011
The Minister of Labour and Immigration has now appointed 11 members to the maximum 12-member Accessibility Advisory Council. Appointments include the naming of a Chair and Vice-chair.
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Selected Quotes from the Legislative Process

Jun 23, 2011
Much was said about Bill 47 and both the need and support for accessibility-rights legislation over the 11 short days between First Reading on June 1, 2011 and the Bill becoming law on June 16, 2011. Barrier-Free Manitoba has assembled selected quotes.
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Special Focus on Seniors

Mar 13, 2011
An estimated 71,000 to 77,000 Manitoba seniors with a disability lived in Manitoba in 2006. The number is projected to roughly double to almost 150,000 by 2031. The proposed accessibility-rights legislation must respond to this reality.
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Manitobans with Disabilities Rank Frequency of Barriers

Mar 04, 2011
Almost 70% of persons affected by disabilities in Manitoba reported that they experience attitudinal barriers on a daily basis. The next most frequently reported barriers relate to finances, buildings, employment and transportation.
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The Final Four-Month Count Down Has Begun

Feb 25, 2011
In four short months, we expect that Manitoba will have taken a giant leap forward toward becoming a true leader in promoting and protecting the human rights of persons with disabilities. Please help in this final push for legislative action
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