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Jane Sayer, Co-Chair of the Manitoba Deaf-Blind Association, Encourages You to Support BFM's Broken Promise Campaign

Jun 07, 2018

Jane, Co-Chair of the Manitoba Deaf-Blind Association, faces accessibility barriers everyday - barriers that are supposed to be removed by the landmark Accessibility for Manitobans Act.

Indeed, the AMA promised significant progress toward full accessibility by 2023. That's just not happening. The promise is being broken.

Jane has supported BFM's Broken promise campaign by creating a video message. (We've included the trascript below).

Jane deserves better. So do you. We all do.

Please join Jane in calling for better at:

Here's the transcript of Jane's message:

Hello, my name is Jane Sayer.

I'm the co-chair of the Manitoba Deaf-Blind Association. I’m one of the 200,000 people in Manitoba living with a disability. I face many barriers every day.

One of the barriers that I wanted to tell you about was being, having a dual sensory loss can be
extremely isolating.

But thankfully, we have intervenors in Manitoba and service support providers that enable me to get out into the community.

Unfortunately, service providers, health care providers, the general public would rather prefer to talk to other hearing-sighted people.

And... although I live independently and I'm capable of making my own decisions... they expect the hearing-sighted person working with me, to speak for me. Which makes me feel like very incapable, inadequate person.

The Accessibility for Manitobans Act promised significant, major progress on accessibility for Manitobans by the year 2023.

But government is slow to meet its own modest responsibility.

Government is to lead by example and be the champion of change.

That's not happening and that’s not good enough.

We all deserve better.

That’s why I am encouraging you to join Barrier-Free Manitoba’s campaign.

Just go online and make sure that your voice is heard loud and clear.

I deserve better and so do you.

Please act today!

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