Province Proclaims International Day of Persons with Disabilities
The Government of Saskatchewan has joined the world in recognizing and celebrating December 3, 2020, as the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
The International Day of Persons with Disabilities was first proclaimed by the United Nations in 1992 to promote the rights and well-being of people with disabilities, and to increase awareness and understanding of disability issues. About one in every four Saskatchewan adults identify as having a disability. This year’s theme is “Not all Disabilities are Visible.”
As previously announced, the province will be moving forward on its commitment to introduce accessibility legislation that will remove and prevent barriers for people with disabilities. Government will begin public engagement this winter through an online survey and virtual public forums. Information on how to participate will be announced soon.
“Today, I want to reaffirm our commitment to creating accessibility legislation for Saskatchewan,” Social Services Minister Lori Carr said. “While we had to regroup when the pandemic hit in the spring, we have since created engagement opportunities that will be safe for everyone to participate in. We believe Saskatchewan should be a place where people with disabilities can participate in inclusive communities.”
“Disabilities are not only those that we see – sight loss, hearing loss, mental health challenges, chronic pain and others – are often forgotten when we speak of disability,” CNIB Foundation in Saskatchewan Executive Director Christall Beaudry said. “International Day of Persons with Disabilities aims to increase awareness and understanding which we hope carries on throughout the years to come. Thank you to the Government of Saskatchewan for recognizing this important day as we move toward barrier-free access for all.”
The CNIB Foundation is a non-profit organization that delivers programs and advocacy to empower people impacted by vision loss to live their lives free from barriers and to be included in their communities.
The Saskatchewan Disability Strategy is the framework for improving the lives of people with disabilities in Saskatchewan. The strategy, which was released in June 2015, envisions a Saskatchewan that is welcoming, responsive, innovative and accessible so people with disabilities can live the life they choose. Accessibility legislation is one of the recommendations of the Disability Strategy.
More information on this work can be found at www.saskatchewan.ca/accessiblesk.