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Accessibility news and events

Invitation for AccessAbility Day with the City of Ottawa

You are cordially invited to an event to celebrate the City’s 19th annual AccessAbility Day, held each year as part of National Access Awareness Week. This year’s theme is: Intersectionality - celebrating the diversity within our community. The event will be held remotely over Zoom. 

Date: Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Time: 9 am to noon

Please join Deputy Mayor Laura Dudas, City Councillors, senior leaders, staff, and residents as we mark this important day. 

At the virtual event, Deputy Mayor Dudas will provide remarks and proclaim Wednesday, June 1 AccessAbility Day in Ottawa. It will also feature keynote speaker Sarah Jama, video testimonials from the City’s Employees with Disabilities Affinity Group, and a community panel discussion on intersectionality and disability focusing on ways individuals can be more inclusive. 

Please use the AccessAbility Day Registration form to register for the event.

Registration will be open until 4 pm Tuesday, May 31. A Zoom link will be shared with registrants the evening before the event. 

To promote the inclusion of all participants, the following supports are in place for the event: 

  • American Sign Language (ASL) 
  • Langue des signes québécoise (LSQ) 
  • Continuous real-time captioning in English and French 
  • Simultaneous French translation 

When registering, please let us know if you require any additional disability-related accommodations in order to participate. 

We look forward to celebrating with you!

A successful third annual International Day of Persons with Disabilities

On December 2, the City of Ottawa hosted their third annual International Day of Persons with Disabilities event virtually over Zoom. While the recognized day itself is observed on December 3, the City held its event the day before to accommodate participants wishing to attend multiple virtual events held across City or around the world. Over 130 participants attended this year’s event. This day aims to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development, and to increase awareness of the situation of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.

The theme for this year’s event was “Leadership and participation of persons with disabilities toward an inclusive, accessible and sustainable post-COVID-19 world” and participants were encouraged to learn about how we can commit to a world characterized by human rights.

The event included a proclamation from Deputy Mayor Laura Dudas, a speech from Councillor Matthew Luloff thanking all members of our Accessibility Advisory Committee for their hard work this year, as well as a presentation from Dr. Holly Ellingwood and Vania Karam, two members of this Committee.

Additionally, the event featured two speakers, including Jeff Willbond, Director General of the Canadian Human Rights Commission, who provided an update on the Accessible Canada Act, as well as Jeff Poirier, Acting Director of the Policy, Education, Monitoring and Outreach Branch of the Ontario Human Rights Commission, who spoke about the impacts of COVID-19 on people with disabilities and Human Rights in our province.

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