Since its inception in 1945, the United Nations (UN) has outlined and reiterated its commitment to calling for the creation of inclusive, accessible and sustainable societies and communities – most notably with the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.
It is also central to the promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to leave no one behind. The commitment to realizing the rights of persons with disabilities is not only a matter of justice; it is an investment in a common future.
How to Get Involved
Join a Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Workshop
The best way to ignite meaningful conversation is to host a DEI Workshop or Training session. Anyone can be affected by a disability, so it is key to open up the dialog of the importance of accessibility to cultivate an inclusive culture.
Improve Accessibility & Inclusion
In your day-to-day life, do an audit of Accessibility and Inclusion. Are there wheelchair ramps and lifts at your workspace, does your local coffee shop have Braille Signage? Use your voice to advocate for spaces that are welcoming to all, it’s important to cater to individuals of all abilities and consider how spaces may impact a disabled person.
Donate to a Local Charity
There are several organizations across Canada that work alongside people with disability to provide tools, information, and care support. Find a local organization and see how you can give back whether that be a monetary or volunteer donation.