This week Disability Living has been discussing laws and rules that promote accessibility for people with disabilities. This is an important subject. Why? Because people need to have an understanding of the regulations created to help them. How do rules for accessibility help people with disabilities?
Rules for accessibility help people with disabilities in a number of ways.
First, they ensure that these individuals have physical access to public places such as schools, libraries, hospitals, etc. Second, these laws are established so that people with disabilities are included in society. Also, rules for accessibility can protect those with disabilities against discrimination.
Did you know that there are additional laws that prevent discrimination against Canadians with disabilities?
That’s right — there are laws that prohibit discrimination against individuals with disabilities. “Prohibiting discrimination means ensuring equal opportunity and accommodating the needs of persons with disabilities.” That is the goal of Canada’s anti-discrimination laws.
“In Canada, the right to equality and the duty to accommodate are guaranteed by law.”
What specific laws (or sets of laws) ensure equality for people with disabilities while preventing discrimination? Here are just a few:
– The Canadian Human Rights Act – This act disallows discrimination against those with mental and physical disabilities. The Canadian Human Rights Act is also inclusive of “a duty to accommodate.” The act contains numerous laws that prevent discrimination in the workplace. Read more at http://www.chrc-ccdp.ca/about/human_rights_act-eng.aspx.
– The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms – Like the Canadian Human Rights Act, this charter prohibits discrimination against mental and physical disability. So why is the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms unique? Because its enactment in 1982 “marked the first time that such a right was guaranteed in the Constitution of a country.”
Learn more by visiting http://laws.justice.gc.ca/en/e-5.401/text.html.
– The Employment Equity Act – The laws included in this act were designed to make sure employers would not discriminate based on disability. “The Act obligates federally regulated employers to make every reasonable effort to eliminate discrimination.” Visit http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/E-5.401/index.html to read more about this act.
Additionally, initiatives, reports, and agendas on the federal, provincial, and territorial levels prohibit discrimination.
These initiatives, reports, and agendas include:
– The Social Union Framework Agreement (http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/home.shtml)
– In Unison: A Canadian Approach to Disability Issues (http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/home.shtml)
Working Together for Full Citizenship (http://www.hrdc-drhc.gc.ca/sp-ps/socialp-psociale/reports/disability/main.shtml)
Visit http://www.pch.gc.ca/pgm/pdp-hrp/canada/abl-eng.cfm to see even more specific laws created to protect your rights and privileges.
As a person with a disability, we know you have struggles and obstacles in life that not everyone appreciates or understands.
But as a Canadian with a disability, you have laws that are protecting your rights, access, and inclusion. These same laws are preventing discrimination against you. We hope that makes you feel assured and comforted.
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Were you aware of the various laws protecting you from discrimination before reading this post? Do you experience discrimination regardless of these laws?
Why do you think lack of accessibility and discrimination against Canada’s disability community still exist in spite of rules and regulations?