Nearly every Manitoban either has a disability, knows someone with a disability, or will have a disability in the coming years.

Persons with disabilities have long-term physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairments which, in interaction with various barriers, may hinder their participation on an equal basis with others.

A person can have a disability that is visible, non-visible, permanent or one that occurs only at certain times. You can’t always tell when someone has a disability. For a variety of reasons, an individual may not identify as having a disability, but face the very same barriers.

A disability, aging, an injury and other life events may temporarily or permanently affect:

  • Mobility
  • Dexterity (use of hands)
  • Vision
  • Hearing
  • Communication
  • Understanding
  • Mental health