For the fourth consecutive year, the Government of Saskatchewan is joining many provinces across the country in proclaiming May 30 to June 5, 2021 as National AccessAbility Week.
National AccessAbility Week in Saskatchewan is a time to celebrate and promote inclusion and accessibility in communities and workplaces. It is also a time to recognize the efforts of individuals, communities and workplaces that are actively removing barriers to give Saskatchewan people with disabilities an equal opportunity to participate in their communities.
In the coming weeks, government will be releasing the feedback we received from the public engagement it held this past winter for the creation of new accessibility legislation for Saskatchewan.
“Accessibility legislation is another step we are taking to remove barriers which will allow all Saskatchewan people to participate in our communities,” Social Services Minister Lori Carr said. “While we have made progress, we have a lot of work to do as it is crucial that we make our province accessible for people with disabilities.”
- About a quarter of Saskatchewan adults aged 15 years or older have a disability.
- More than 1,300 Saskatchewan residents provided input on accessibility legislation during the public engagement process.
- Only three provinces have passed comprehensive accessibility legislation in Canada.
This proclamation is a joint initiative with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Saskatchewan. Since 1964, SCI Saskatchewan has provided leadership in the development and delivery of programs, services, and resources to Saskatchewan people living with spinal cord injuries and other physical disabilities.
“National AccessAbility Week is an opportunity to highlight the contributions that all citizens make in our society,” Spinal Cord Injury Saskatchewan Executive Director Launel Scott said. “It is also a time to bring awareness of the importance of accessibility and inclusion in communities and with key stakeholders across Saskatchewan. SCI Saskatchewan, in collaboration with people living with disabilities, look forward to enhanced accessibility and opportunities to work, play and participate fully in our communities.”
This proclamation supports the Saskatchewan Disability Strategy by helping to create awareness and understanding of the rights of people with disabilities. Saskatchewan residents and communities that have done work which aligns with the Disability Strategy are encouraged to share their accomplishments using the hashtag #SKDisability.
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