National AccessAbility Week (NAAW) is a time when accessibility and inclusion are promoted across communities and workplaces, and a time to celebrate the contributions of Canadians with disabilities. It is an opportunity to recognize the efforts of Canadians who are actively removing barriers and ensuring persons with disabilities have an equal chance to participate in all aspects of Canadian society.
Join us from Monday, June 1 to Friday, June 5, 2020 for our virtual event “Life Made Accessible” – a series of guest speaker events, featuring Waterloo Region’s experts on disability and those who help shape the face of inclusion.
Monday, June 1, 1 – 2 pm - Accessibility 101
What does the word “accessible” mean to you? A panel of individuals with a lived experience of disability will discuss such topics as the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), making workplaces and businesses more accessible, and positive changes that are happening in our society surrounding accessibility.
Tuesday, June 2, 1 – 2 pm - The Connection Between Mental Health, Disability and COVID-19
COVID-19 has affected every aspect of life. For many individuals who are living with disability, experiencing isolation is not a new phenomenon. Our guest speakers will discuss mental health and share the tools they use to deal with isolation and loneliness. They will discuss how we are adapting to the “new norm”: a society which embraces technology and barrier-free design to enable full participation for people from all walks of life.
Wednesday, June 3, 1 – 2 pm - The Labour of Living with a Disability
Living day-to-day with a disability can mean countless additional steps for a person with a disability, their family and caregivers: making special arrangements for basic tasks of daily living; attending medical appointments; managing workplace and educational accommodations; purchasing special equipment. These are just a few examples of the numerous additional considerations living with a disability presents. Our panelists will discuss these “extra steps” and focus on the digital, systemic and hidden barriers in our community.
Thursday, June 4, 1 – 2 pm - Disability within Family
How does disability affect relationships between spouses, siblings, and parents and their children? Each family experiences disability through their own unique lens and perspective. Our panelists will discuss the impact that disability has on their family, and how they manage complex challenges that other families may not have to address.
Friday, June 5, 1 – 2 pm - Personal Stories: Experiencing Disability
What does disability look like to you? What image pops up? For many reasons, people can draw on a stereotypical perception of what disability is. We are pleased to welcome our panelists who will share with us their personal stories and experiences living with disability. We will have the opportunity to listen as they share their perspectives on education, employment, family life, successes and frustrations, and how disability has impacted the shape of their lives.
We hope you'll join us.