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David Lepofsky to Speak on Ontario's Experience in Implementing the AODA

May 07, 2017

Lessons from Struggles in Ontario it's Accessibility-Rights Legislation: A Late Afternoon Session with David Lepofsky on June 7

Barrier-Free Manitoba is hosting a FREE public session called "Realizing the Power and Promise of Accessibility-Rights Legislation: Lessons from Ontario’s Struggles"

This event is now SOLD OUT!

In response to requests, we are pleased to have arranged live streaming for those who are unable to attend this event in person. Click here for more information on the streaming options.

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David Lepofsky

The event will feature a keynote presentation by David Lepofsky, one of Canada's leading disability rights advocates, on the hard won lessons he and others from Ontario's disability communities have learned about working to ensure the full and timely implemention of the historic 2005 Accessibility for Ontarians With Disabilities Act (AODA).

The AODA was the first accessibiilty-rights legislation to be enacted in Canada and provided the model for the 2013 Accessibility for Manitobans Act (AMA). Manitobans have a lot to learn from what has worked and what has not worked for disability advocates in Ontario considering they have eight more years of experience under their belts. The event will also include time for questions and answers.

David has long been one of Canada's leading disability rights advocates. He worked to ensure that disabilities were included in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms some 35 years ago and he spearheaded the effort to secure passage of the historic 2005 Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). He now applies his considerable expertise and energies to ensuring the full and timely implementation of the AODA and the passage of a strong and effective federal Canadians with Disabilities Act. He is also active in supporting advocates from other provinces in their work to secure accessibility-rights legislation.

David is a captivating and compelling speaker. His presentations offer hard truths with an incredible mix of humour and inspiration.

    5:30 pm to 7 pm
    Wednesday, June 7
    Canadian Museum for Human Rights

As an added bonus, the museum is offering the public free admission to its galleries that night so you can visit the many wonderful human rights exhibits after the event at no cost.

Please note that there is a maximum capacity of 110 people for this FREE event and that you will need to register if you want to attend. We will also need to know of any accommodations that you require by no later than May 30th so that we can make the necessary arrangements.

In conjunction with other organizations, BFM is also organizing second public event featuring David Lepofsky. This second event will be held on the morning of Friday June 9th and will include a presentation from David and followed by discussion on the case for establishing an accessible education standard under The Accessibility for Manitobans Act. We will provide more information on this second event as details are finalized.

Both of these events are being held in conjunction with Manitoba Access Awareness Week (MAAW) that runs from June 4 to 10. We are pleased to provide a copy of the full schedule of the many MAAW events (Word). For more informaiton on MAAW, please visit:

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