Autism DATA is borrowing from the Association for Developmental Autism Programs and Therapies, ADAPT Manitoba to bring you this important news about voicing your thoughts for the future of Canada’s Accessibility legislation. Thank you to ADAPT for this important blog post:

Our Federal government is planning on creating legislation to protect the rights of people with disabilities.

Citizens are invited to give input as to what this legislation should look like.

From the government website:

Many Canadians continue to face barriers that affect their ability to participate in daily activities that most people take for granted. These could include:

  • physical and architectural barriers that impede the ability to move freely in the built environment, use public transportation, access information or use technology;
  • attitudes, beliefs and misconceptions that some people may have about people with disabilities and what they can and cannot do; and
  • outdated policies and practices that do not take into account the varying abilities and disabilities that people may have.

ADAPT would suggest that there are some significant gaps for children:  restrictions on the accessibility of therapy for children with autism, and barriers within the school system created by funding and lack of understanding among some professionals…

The opportunity to comment is open until February 2017.  You can fill out an online survey here, or join ASAN Winnipeg on January 19 as they work through responses together.  Check their Facebook page for details.

Please take the time to share your thoughts.  This legislation will lay important groundwork for the future.

Thank you to ADAPT Manitoba for the reminder about this important and timely opportunity.