Slaw: Recommendations for new Manitoba legislation to remove barriers faced by people with disabilities
Manitoba is the second province in Canada that intends to make their province accessible for persons with disabilities by developing specific standards of accessibility in a number of key areas.
Accessibility “is the degree to which a product, device, service, or environment is available to as many people as possible. Accessibility can be viewed as the “ability to access” and benefit from some system or entity. The concept is often used to focus on people with disabilities or special needs (such as the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities) and their right of access to entities, often through use of assistive technology.”
Many disability advocates believe that only with the enactment of proper laws that require governments and companies to implement accessibility measures will accessibility be achieved. It may be so.
As can be seen with the enactment of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), this form of legislation creates awareness in companies and individuals. The government, experts and advocates are taking advantage of such laws to try to educate and sell accessibility. However, my worry is, can it be enforced? And, I still cannot get my head around the overlap and conflict that is evident in Ontario between the Human Rights Code and the AODA regarding workplace accommodation.
Ok! back to Manitoba…
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First Reference Human Resources and Compliance Managing Editor