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Manitoba Access Awareness Week (MAAW), June 10 to 16, 2018

Accessibility Symposium, 8:30 – Noon, June 12, 2018. 
Main Floor, Viscount Gort, Winnipeg
The event is free, the learning is priceless.

Understand accessibility from the perspectives of Manitobans requiring customer service and those delivering it, moderated by Janet Stewart, CBC News:

Learn why accessibility is embraced by large Manitoba retailers such as
IKEA, small non-profit organizations like the Woodland Pioneer Museum, and other business associations. 

Hear personal stories from Manitobans like Brandon University Student, Whitney Hodgins, whose disability is invisible:  “The Accessibility for Manitobans Act is a bid for accepting people for who they are.  Inclusion needs acceptance in order for it to work.” 

Receive new tools and lessons from keynote speaker Alfred Spencer on how The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (2005) has paved the way toward accessibility. 

Register here

Following the symposium, the DIO will host a Lunch and Learn on the topic of “procurement” (contracting services) to build organizational accessibility.  The capacity is 30 persons, so please register soon.

4 Year Review of The Accessibility for Manitobans Act

The Manitoba Government has appointed Theresa Harvey Pruden to conduct the mandatory review of The Accessibility for Manitobans Act (AMA).  She brings to her task enthusiasm and expertise developed over several decades of government and community work in Manitoba. 

Ms. Harvey Pruden’s mandate focuses on the processes and structures in place to support the AMA and regulations already enacted, including the standard development process and public sector accessibility plans.  For more information, please see the Terms of Reference.

Ms. Harvey Pruden looks forward to meeting with a wide variety of stakeholders to learn what is working well and what could be improved to ensure the effective implementation of the AMA.

Please participate! 

A Public Forum is planned for Wednesday, June 20, 2018, 8:30 am to Noon at the Viscount Gort, Royal B and C, Main Floor, 1670 Portage Avenue.  Registration will begin early May via
If you wish to share your feedback by other means, please call the office at (204) 945-7613 or send an email to

Improving accessibility is the right thing to do. It is also the smart thing to do, and it’s the law in Manitoba.

Nearly one in six Manitobans is disabled by barriers where they work, live and play. Barriers to accessibility come at an enormous cost – to persons with disabilities, to their family and friends, to their communities, and also to business. By learning how to eliminate barriers, everyone benefits.

Manitoba is committed to becoming an inclusive society. The Accessibility for Manitobans Act (AMA) outlines a clear and proactive process to identify, remove and prevent barriers in key areas of daily living.

Manitoba public sector organizations are taking the lead by developing Accessibility Plans.

Learn more: