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Manitoba

Disabilities Issues Office

For more information about the Accessibility Advisory Council, please visit  http://www.accessibilitymb.ca/how-standards-are-created.htm

 

Accessibility Advisory Council

  1. Terms of Reference
  2. Council Members
  3. Summaries of Discussion

The Accessibility Advisory Council is made of members of the disability community and other affected stakeholders, including representatives of business and municipalities. It was designed to represent the interest of those most affected by measures aimed at achieving greater accessibility. The council  serves as the central agency in developing accessibility standards.

What is the purpose of the Accessibility Advisory Council?


The Accessibility Advisory Council (Council) has the responsibility under The Accessibility for Manitobans Act (Act)to make recommendations to the minister regarding the development of accessibility standards.   The council also has the ability to make recommendations on long term accessibility objectives for the province and other measures, policies and practices the government can undertake to improve accessibility.


Q: The representational duties of council members: Are members serving on the council as private citizens or representatives? If some or all members are representatives, which bodies do they represent, will these bodies have special influence in council discussions and decisions, and how will the views and interests of persons with disabilities be similarly represented?

A: Under the Act, the Council must include representatives of organizations for persons with disabilities, as well as representatives from business and other organizations that will strive toward the elimination of barriers and creating greater accessibility for all Manitobans. The Minister of Family Services and Labour has consulted with organizations representing these groups. The Minister has also consulted with the Association of Manitoba Municipalities, given the significant role that municipalities will play under any new legislation proposed by the Council.

The Chair and Vice-chair of the Council were chosen because of their very significant knowledge of issues relating to the disability and accessibility. Both have been members of, and have acted as advisors to, organizations relating to persons with disabilities.  Other members of the Council are also members of such organizations as

      • Manitoba Deaf Association
      • City of Winnipeg
      • Retail Council of Canada
      • Manitoba League of Persons with Disabilities
      • Manitoba Hotel Association
      • Manitoba Restaurant and Foodservices Association
      • Association of Manitoba Municipalities
      • Manitoba Council on Aging

Members were selected because of their expertise in accessibility issues, or because they represent a sector that has the ability to reduce barriers to accessibility.  Essentially this strong cross-section of stakeholders will assist in making recommendations to the Minister for sound legislation that will result in real change.

Members will consult with the organizations they represent, however, all members are to approach the meetings with some degree of confidentiality in mind, in order to facilitate free discussion of the issues at hand.  Members may consult with the constituencies they represent and can share some general outlines of the items under discussion.  Some members have extensive experience working within the disability community and can similarly bring issues forward from the community.

The council has the ability to create committees with the approval of the Minister, and it is intended to create these by bringing in representatives of other organizations with expertise in issues relating to accessibility and the particular area of standard development.  The council sets the mandate and guidelines for the work of the committees. Their proposals and recommendations are considered by the council before public consultation.

Q: Transparency and accessibility: What arrangements are being put into place to ensure that non-members and those without direct representation are able to follow the council's progress, as well as to have access to reports and other information that are being developed or considered by the council?

A: People will be able to access summaries of discussions at all council meetings, read the council’s Terms of Reference and read about the members of the council and any committees established by the council..
 Processes are in place to seek the broadest spectrum of views, and hear the concerns and recommendations of associations and organizations that have a responsibility to eliminate barriers under the Act. .  Notice of all future public consultations or forums will be posted on the website.  This will also include any discussion documents prepared to seek input from stakeholders and interested parties. 

Q: Plans for consultations: How does the Council plan to meet its legislated obligations to consult with persons with disabilities and those with the ability to prevent and remove barriers that disable people in preparing its recommendations?

A: Council members meet and discuss the concerns of the disability community and the sectors which are able to prevent and remove barriers generally.

Public consultations for all areas of standard development will be planned in order to receive the input of stakeholder associations and groups; and the broader public to ensure that their concerns, and recommendations, are heard and considered.  These broader consultations are intended to ensure that the recommendations of the council for change to the Minister moving forward will be strong and comprehensive.

Information on these meetings will be available on the website.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns regarding the Accessibility Advisory Council, you can submit these by e-mail to dio@gov.mb.ca


 

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