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Government of Manitoba
Disabilities Issues Office

Manitoba Access Awareness Week (MAAW) is celebrated annually to raise awareness of the barriers people with disabilities face that affect their full participation in society and to promote the removal of these barriers. Public events provide disability awareness training and promote leadership among organizations and businesses to make Manitoba a more inclusive society.

MAAW 2014 highlights included:

    • MAAW Kick-Off, featuring Paralympian Dennis Thiessen, Yvonne Peters of the Winnipeg Folk Festival Board of Directors and Stephen Gladstone, motivational speaker.  Kick-Off sponsored by Pfizer Canada, Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba and United Food and Commercial Workers Union, Local 832;
    • Presentation on The Accessibility for Manitobans Act to Manitoba Civil Servants;
    • Disability Awareness Training Event co-hosted by the Manitoba Access Awareness Week Steering Committee and the Manitoba Federation of Non-Profit Organizations (MFNPO);
    • Presentation by Mr. Shuaib Chalklen, Special Rapporteur on Disability of the Commission for Social Development and South African Disability Rights Leader;
    • Access Awareness Week Event in Rossburn, Manitoba hosted by the Rossburn Age-Friendly Committee;
    • Reaching Equality Employment Services (REES) 25th Anniversary Gala Dinner and Awards Celebration
    • Social Evening in celebration of the employment of persons with disabilities;
      Public Consultation on the Initial Proposed Customer Service Standard related to The Accessibility for Manitobans Act.

MAAW is organized through the shared efforts of a number of organizations. Organizations represented on the Steering Committee in 2014 include: Manitoba League of Persons with Disabilities; Community Living Winnipeg; Canadian Centre on Disability Studies; Reaching Equality Employment Services; Vision Impaired Resource Network; Canadian National Institute for the Blind; Muscular Dystrophy Canada (Manitoba Division); City of Winnipeg Access Advisory Committee; Society for Manitobans with Disabilities; Rossburn Age-Friendly Community Committee and the.

How do I become involved?

    • Encourage your favourite disability organization to participate in the calendar of events.
    • Organize a MAAW event.
    • Join a MAAW planning committee.

For further information, please contact: Colleen Watters, MAAW Coordinator

Tel: 204-945-5304

E-mail: Colleen.Watters@gov.mb.ca



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