Fort St. John hosts a face-to-face discussion for the Peace River community this afternoon as part of a comprehensive, provincewide 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.
This latest stop, an important place to gather information on the unique needs of people living in northern communities, is one of over 20 consultation stops throughout the province, and takes place at Quality Inn Northern Grand today from 1:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Participants will share their thoughts and provide input and suggestions on six themes: innovation, housing and accessibility, work and contribution, social networks, asset accumulation and personal supports.
There are a number of ways to participate - from online discussions to American Sign Language video submissions to do-it-yourself consultation tool kits. People unable to attend the in-person sessions can visit www.engage.gov.bc.ca/disabilitywhitepaper to take part and learn more about the consultation process.
The website, which to date has had more than 22,000 visits and 700 comments, will be accepting submissions until 4 p.m. on March 11, 2014.
Comments and ideas gathered from all sources will inform the development of a white paper - a document that will reflect the voices of British Columbians. The paper will form the foundation of a summit to be held in June 2014.
Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation