UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities Events Across Canada

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2018 Theme: Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality

This year’s theme focuses on empowering persons with disabilities for an inclusive, equitable and sustainable development as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The 2030 Agenda pledges to “leave no one behind”. Persons with disabilities, as both beneficiaries and agents of change, can fast-track the process towards inclusive and sustainable development and promote resilient society for all, including in the context of disaster risk reduction and humanitarian action, and urban development. Governments, persons with disabilities and their representative organizations, academic institutions and the private sector need to work as a “team” to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Here are events across the country:

British Columbia

Project EveryBODY’s PEBCelebrates Live! (Dec 3)

Is the premier event in Vancouver to recognize and celebrate the UN Designated International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

For more information: https://www.opendoorgroup.org/pebcelebrateslive/

InclusionBC 2018 Sprout Film Festival (Dec 2-5)

Sprout is a unique non-profit organization that distributes films made by and/or starring people with intellectual disabilities. Films for the 2018 festival were selected by the BC Self Advocacy Foundation, a group of leaders with intellectual disabilities who live in communities across BC. 

For more information: http://www.inclusionbc.org/filmfest


Accessible Arts: A Showcase of Disability Art + Culture (Dec 3)

The North Saskatchewan Independent Living Centre Inc. is pleased to announce we are having another art show called “Accessible Arts: A Showcase of Disability Art + Culture”

For more information: https://www.nsilc.com/


Events Across Alberta (Nov 28 – Dec 5)

The Alberta government has listed a list of events across the province which you can find here: https://www.alberta.ca/international-day-persons-disabilities.aspx


Barrier-Free Manitoba Disability Rights – Past, Present and Future (Dec 3)

We will look to profile three major legislative milestones as significant steps forward:

  1. The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms,
  2. The Vulnerable Persons Act and
  3. The Accessibility for Manitobans Act

The hope is to celebrate these promising successes, to reflect on the major efforts required to achieve them, and to build commitment, support and visions for the considerable work that still lies ahead.

For more information: http://www.barrierfreemb.com/


Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality (Dec 1)

  • Keynote by government representatives with Q&A. Speakers include MP Adam Vaughan, MPP Raymond Cho, and City of Toronto leaders;
  • Panel discussion on mentorships and internships that are inclusive of or especially for persons with disabilities. Panellists include: Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians, Community Living, CNIB, Holland Bloorview, IBM, RBC and the City of Toronto;
  • Exhibit tables from employment agencies and disability organizations.

For more information: https://cnib.ca/en/event/international-day-persons-disabilities-idpwd-event?region=on

Accessibility Mapathon on IDPD (Dec 3)

Join us on the International Day for Persons with Disabilities in helping to make Toronto more accessible for persons with disabilities by evaluating the accessibility of local businesses! Experience accessibility and contribute to the needs of persons with disabilities. Come and invite your friends!

For more information on Mapathon 1: https://enables.me/event/accessibility-mapathon-1-on-idpd/

For more information on Mapathon 2: https://enables.me/event/accessibility-mapathon-2-on-idpd/

For more information on Mapathon 3: https://enables.me/event/accessibility-mapathon-3-on-idpd/

Nova Scotia

Bluenose-Ability Film Festival (BAFF) (Nov 29 – Dec 3)

reachAbility Association is proud to announce the fourth annual Bluenose-Ability Film Festival (BAFF), Atlantic Canada’s first and only disability focused film festival for adults and youth. Our 2018 festival is being held from November 29th through to December 3rd, 2018 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. We’re excited to announce that this year, BAFF is coming to other Nova Scotian Communities through the BAFF Roadshow!

For more information: http://www.baff.ca

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