A provincewide public consultation on issues facing people with disabilities in B.C. returns to Vancouver to gather input at a unique session for members of the Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deaf-blind community.
The consultation, guided by representatives of government, the disability community and the business community began in December 2013 for people with disabilities, their families and communities to discuss what can be done to remove barriers and increase accessibility in British Columbia.
More than 100 people are taking part in today's consultation session, with the majority of discussions held in American Sign Language and transcription services offered for people with other communications needs.
The session, which will also be live-streamed at www.deafcanada.ca/live-event - takes place in the Alice MacKay room of the Library Square Conference Centre tonight from 7 p.m. - 9:30 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 in the B.C. Disability White Paper Consultation - from online discussions to American Sign Language video submissions to do-it-yourself consultation tool kits. People unable to attend in-person sessions can visit www.engage.gov.bc.ca/disabilitywhitepaper - to take part and learn more about the consultation process.
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