Montreal is currently holding public consultations on accessibility! This is a chance to give your input on the city’s annual universal accessibility plan. We encourage you all to participate. Come share your experiences about the inaccessibility of buildings, public transit, sidewalks, services, etc. There will be sign language interpretation and a bilingual facilitator for those who participate in English.
Quebec Accessible attended the political candidates’ debate on disability issues on Monday night. We were pleased to see such a great turnout from the disability community! The room was packed. This shows that we’re politicized and that we’re an important constituency in this election.
Candidates from all four major parties answered questions on issues ranging from health care and employment to transportation and the built environment. Some candidates were clearly more prepared than others. They all mostly stuck to their parties’ platforms, not making many new commitments.
Candidates were specifically asked if and when their party will adopt a new accessibility law. We were thrilled that the Parti québécois committed to working on a new accessibility law! (We’re working on getting that commitment in writing.) Québec solidaire also reaffirmed its commitment to adopt a new law. The liberal party refused to make this commitment and the Coalition Avenir Québec did not answer the question.
A video of the debate is available online (in French). You can also listen to Melanie Benard, co-founder of Quebec Accessible, give her impressions of the debate in an interview for CKUT radio (in English). Next week, she will be appearing on the show Accès libre on Canal M to discuss the debate.
Quebec Accessible hopes all people with disabilities and their allies will consider parties’ approaches to accessibility when they head to the ballot box on October 1st. Let’s elect candidates who will proactively work to make our province more inclusive for everyone!
Two years ago, Quebec Accessible contributed to the World Social Forum (WSF). The WSF is the largest gathering of civil society organizations aimed at finding solutions to the problems of our time. Every year, it brings tens of thousands of participants together for more than a thousand activities (workshops, conferences, etc.) on various themes.
Two of Quebec Accessible’s co-founders (Marie-Eve Veilleux and Pierre Lemay) co-facilitated the FSM’s Disability, Deaf Culture and Barrier-Free Society Committee in 2016. This committee encouraged the development of activities on issues that affect people with disabilities and Deaf people.
Quebec Accessible co-organised a few events at the FSM, including the Grand Conference on ableism and audism. Videos of the three speakers (Laurence Parent, Lawrence Carter-Long and Pamela E Witcher) are available online with captions and interpretation in ASL and LSQ.
With the provincial elections fast approaching, this is a great time to get familiar with the concepts of ableism and audism. Let’s question our elected officials and political candidates about their commitments to ensure real inclusion of people with disabilities!
Stay tuned for more information about our upcoming campaign for the provincial elections.
We invite you to join us at the World Social Forum (WSF) next week. The WSF will be taking place from August 9 to 14 in Montreal.
Quebec Accessible has been involved in planning many events regarding disability and Deaf culture. We will be hosting three events: Continue reading Quebec Accessible at the World Social Forum
On April 29, Me Melanie Benard will present at the AEBC’s 2016 annual conference in Montreal.
Click here for more information about the event.