Canada Supports Greater Accessibility in Public Consultation Forums for People with Speech and Language Disabilities

Americas, Misc., News, September 3 2017

GATINEAU, QUEBEC: Communications Disabilities Access Canada, a national not-for-profit organization, will make public consultation forums more accessible to Canadians who have speech and language disabilities. The Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, announced the launch of this initiative, funded through the disability component of the Social Development Partnerships Program.

A more inclusive Canada is one where all Canadians are given equal opportunity to contribute to their communities and share their views on the social and economic issues that affect their lives. This is why the Government of Canada is committed to support innovative accessibility projects that reduce barriers for people with disabilities and improve their participation and integration into all aspects of society.

With a federal contribution of $307,475, allocated over a span of two years, Communications Disabilities Access Canada will offer Canadians with speech and language disabilities better opportunities to communicate and contribute more effectively in public consultation forums across Canada. Funds will go towards increasing the availability and capacity of specialized speech and language moderators and coordinators to approximately 300, providing communication assistants with best practices and training, facilitating access to online information related to consultations and offering greater supports.

This funding was awarded following a six-week call for proposals that closed on November 3, 2016. A total of $4.5 million will be awarded over two years to national not‑for‑profit organizations with a disability-focused mandate.

“I’m delighted to be named Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, and look forward to seeing the development of innovative projects, like this one, that eliminate barriers and address the needs of people with disabilities. Through projects like this one, which makes civic engagement more inclusive, we are helping to identify real solutions to reach a truly accessible society.” – The Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities

“Communication Disabilities Access Canada is delighted to receive the funding announced by Minister Kent Herh from the Government of Canada. This funding will enable us to develop communication supports and resources to make public forums, consultations and meetings accessible for Canadians who have speech, language and communication disabilities. We look forward to having a voice at these future events.” – Barbara Collier, Executive Director, Communication Disabilities Access Canada.




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