Accessibility for Manitobans

Accessibility for Manitobans

This applies to congregations in Manitoba
The Province of Manitoba is requiring that non-profit organizations fulfill the Accessibility Standard in customer service by November 1, 2018. MNO Synod and Diocese of Rupert’s Land presented information on May 9th (see here for info on that event).

For those who were not able to attend on May 9th, please find the handouts that were given, below.
Customer Service Accessibility Standards (PPT file)
Accessibility Standard for Customer Service: Employers Handbook (PDF file)
Reasonable Accommodation as a Human Right (PDF file)
Respectful language – Using Words with Dignity (PDF file)
DRL’s Accessibility Policy (DOC file)
The Diocese of Rupert’s Land policy is in Word format – so you can cut and paste your own information when you are creating your own policy.

The Accessibility for Manitobans website is  – you will find a great number of helpful links here as well as sample policies and other policy development help.
Sign up to receive a regular email from the Accessibility office

Access Awareness Week and registration information here.

A letter from the Disabilities Office (dated July 9, 2018). The Disabilities Issues Office (DIO) is mandated to assist organizations in becoming accessible and in complying with the legislation.

There was a public forum that reviewed the Effectiveness of The Accessibility for Manitobans Act on June 20th, 2018. Click here to watch a video of the forum (90 mins).

Resource people online:
Kathie Snow
– “presume competence”
Free resources that are very helpful, especially for parents who have children with disabilities, click here.
Temple Grandin‘s website