Community members are sharing their priorities and making their voices heard during face-to-face discussions happening in Vancouver as part of a comprehensive disability white-paper consultation on issues facing people with disabilities in B.C.
The consultation, guided by representatives from government, the disability community and the business community, is an opportunity for people with disabilities, their families and communities to come together and discuss what can be done to remove barriers and increase accessibility in British Columbia.
Minister of Social Development and Social Innovation Don McRae, MLA for Vancouver-False Creek Sam Sullivan, and human rights lawyer, two-time Paralympian and chair of the Minister's Council on Employment and Accessibility Carla Qualtrough will be on hand to support the discussions and listen to the ideas coming out of the community.
The community discussions, two of more than 20 in B.C., take place at the Sutton Place Hotel today. The afternoon session goes from 1:30 p.m. - 4 p.m., and the evening session takes place from 7 - 9:30 p.m.
Participants at both the afternoon and evening sessions will provide input on six themed areas, including innovation, housing and accessibility, work and contribution, social networks, asset accumulation and personal supports.
People unable to attend are encouraged to visit www.engage.gov.bc.ca/disabilitywhitepaper to take part in the online discussions underway and learn more about the consultation process.
To date, there have been more than 15,000 visits the online consultation site.
B.C.'s disability consultation continues until March 11, 2014. Comments and ideas submitted during the consultation will inform the development of a white paper - a document that will reflect the voice of British Columbians. This white paper will form the foundation of a summit to be held in June 2014 on the issues facing people with disabilities in British Columbia.https://www.flickr.com/photos/bcgovphotos/12223317735/player/96302e461b
Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation