On December 3rd, 2013 – International Day of Persons with Disabilities – the B.C. government launched a consultation to better understand how government, businesses and communities can increase accessibility and decrease barriers for people living with disabilities.
We would like to thank all of you for all of the thoughtful, balanced and insightful responses that you provided in the last few months. More than 25,000 people participated in this conversation, which closed on March 11th – the anniversary of Canada’s ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Work is now underway to develop the Disability White Paper – a document that will reflect the voices of these British Columbians about how we can better support people with disabilities to fully participate in our communities.
This Disability White Paper will be shared publicly in May or early June, followed by a Summit in mid-June that will bring together leaders in the disability community, government and the business community to discuss how the ideas and actions in the White Paper can be implemented in communities, workplaces and across government.
Guided by a leadership team made up of government, the disability community and the business community, this approach is modeled after an important pledge in the disability community– ‘nothing about us without us’.
Over the coming weeks, we will be sharing all of the comments, suggestions and solutions submitted over the past few months, as well as updated information about the White Paper and the Summit.