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2011 Disabilities Stakeholders’ Summit / Disability Awareness Week

By Renaud El Ghozi on January 22, 2013

30May 2011
31May 2011
FREDERICTON (CNB) – Persons with disabilities, their families, community agencies and other stakeholders are invited by the Premier's Council on the Status of Disabled Persons to attend the 2011 Disability Stakeholders’ Summit, May 30-31.

"It is important that consumers, family members and community stakeholders have an opportunity to provide New Brunswick's government with input,” said Michelle Horncastle, council chair.

The summit will take place in Fredericton during Disability Awareness Week, May 29 to June 4. The 23rd annual legislative breakfast will be held May 31.

"We are excited to bring together a group representative of the province's 120,000-plus residents who live with a disability,” said Christyne Allain, executive director of the council. “The two-day event will help the council identify its priorities over the next few years while we continue to advocate on behalf of persons with disabilities."

Persons interested in participating are asked to submit a registration form. It is available online or may be obtained by contacting the council, 506-444-3000, toll-free, 1-800-442-4412.

During the summit, the council will seek input on the next steps for a disability action plan. Participants will have an opportunity to provide input on progress made to date and to identify future priorities.

On Dec. 3, 2010, the council released the third and final update on the Disability Action Plan Strategy to the provincial government. Released in 2007, the report identifies 100 priorities brought forward by community stakeholders. Nine areas
were singled out:

● full citizenship;
● disability supports;
● poverty;
● education;
● employment;
● housing;
● universal design / barrier-free access;
● transportation; and
● recreation and wellness.

The report and subsequent reports are available on the council’s website.
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