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Disability Matters: Vote 2016

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In partnership with Abilities Manitoba, Barrier-Free Manitoba was pleased to take the lead in organizing Disability Matters: Vote 2016 (DMV2016), a non-partisan, cross-disability community project to more fully engage Manitobans with disabilities in the last Manitoba general election. (Download the initial overview document Word / PDF.)

The election took place on April 19, 2016. The voting choices made by the estimated 168,000 Manitoban adults with disabilities (and the hundreds of thousands of their families and friends) had the potential to  make huge difference – between real progress on disability issues through to 2020, on the one hand, or years of inadequate resources and attention, on the other. These voting choices also had a bearing on the election results at both the consituency abd provincial levels (see our pre-election analysis here).

DMV2016 had three objectives:

  • To ensure that all Manitobans with disabilities can participate fully in election activities.
  • To promote priority attention for disability issues in the election.
  • To support Manitobans with disabilities in making informed voting decisions.

The public launch of DMV2016 coincided the celebration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities at the Manitoba Legislature on December 3, 2015. An overflow crowd of 1,600+ attended the event. Click here to see some of the coverage of this extraodinary event.

To view full coverage of DMV2016, please visit the campaign's dedicated website (now archived). 

Barrier-Free Manitoba extends our thanks and our appreciation to the thousands of Manitobans who contributed to DMV2016's vibrancy and success.