Awareness

Awareness

The Coalition promotes the elimination of barriers for all disabilities.

Everyone is different.  Accommodations and supports need to be individualized.

Promoting awareness about the barriers to persons with disabilities is key to achieving full inclusion in our province and our communities.

The World Health Organization defines Disability as follows:

“Disabilities is an umbrella term, covering impairments, activity limitations, and participation restrictions. An impairment is a problem in body function or structure; an activity limitation is a difficulty encountered by an individual in executing a task or action; while a participation restriction is a problem experienced by an individual in involvement in life situations. Thus disability is a complex phenomenon, reflecting an interaction between features of a person’s body and features of the society in which he or she lives.”

Disabilities include those such as:

  • Intellectual Disabilities
  • Mental Health
  • Persons with Non-visible Disabilities
  • Physical Disabilities
  • Sensory Disabilities

Through delivering awareness sessions, we educate others about the physical, attitudinal, and systemic barriers that still exist for persons living with disabilities. Education and awareness of these barriers is the most important step that we can take toward removing them.

Creating more public awareness about disabilities increases the level of inclusion for everyone.

Not all crosswalks and intersections have auditory signs for persons with a visual disability.

Not all television shows and movies provide close captioning for persons with a auditory disability.

Not all buildings are wheelchair accessible.

Social stigmas for persons with disabilities still exist.

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