Recognizing International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Ross Chilton, CLBC CEO

Ross Chilton, CLBC CEO

A message from CLBC CEO Ross Chilton

On December 3, Community Living BC marks the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD). It is being recognized across the world for the 30th year. This annual day of recognition is a time for all of us across British Columbia to honour the important contributions people with developmental disabilities make to their communities.

The theme of this year’s IDPD is “Transformative solutions for inclusive development: The role of innovation in fueling an accessible and equitable world“. This theme encourages us to have conversations and find ways to remove barriers and make sure people with disabilities have equal access to participate in all aspects of community life.

The B.C. government has launched the new Accessibility BC Act to help remove barriers to inclusion. You can read about that here. You can also read the government’s accessibility plan here.

CLBC is also in the process of developing our own accessibility plan. We are working with the people we serve to understand existing barriers and ways to be more accessible, from getting information to visiting our offices and interacting with staff to working for CLBC. We will be sharing information about the opportunity to provide feedback on this in the coming days.

I’m encouraged by the dedication and enthusiasm towards these important efforts to make our province and its many communities accessible and inclusive for everyone.

Read more about International Day of Persons with Disabilities on the United Nations website here and find the official B.C. Government proclamation here.

CLBC and others will be sharing posts on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #IDPD2022.

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