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The International Day for People with Disabilities


On December 3, 2016 Breaking Down Barriers will join with its 26 sister Independent Living Centres across Canada to honour the International Day of People with Disabilities. First declared in 1992, this Day has seen vast changes in the countries around the world for the people it celebrates. In the words of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in regard to People with Disabilities, the world must “leave no one behind”.

The right to employment, housing and accessibility in your chosen community, regardless of your abilities and challenges, are just a few of the themes that have been expressed over the years. This year the Day looks at the UN Agenda for Sustainable Development.

With this theme in mind our umbrella organization Independent Living Canada (ILC) has taken on an ambitious project. ILC is asking Canadians from across the country to sign a Declaration on their campaign page. This Declaration reiterates the importance of working toward a sustainable and accessible Canada for all. In fact the Honorable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, will be delivering it to the Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. 

The Declaration reads as follows:
We believe that everyone has the right to aspire to the philosophy of Independent Living. While people with disabilities have made great strides in our country, too many still face barriers in daily living. Persistent gaps remain in areas such as employment, income, social inclusion, transportation and accessibility. Because we aspire to an all-inclusive and accessible society where people with disabilities are valued equally and participate fully, we believe these are issues that should be addressed now, to make Canada a better place.

Breaking Down Barriers has witnessed the benefits of independence for people with disabilities in our community for 31 years now. We see the strides that have been made, but we also so the barriers that still exist. Join us in celebrating this special day by reminiscing about the successes of the past, while looking ahead to those of the future.

For more information on the International Day, please visit the UN website and to sign the Declaration visit -


Breaking Down Barriers - Your Independent Living Resource Centre

Breaking Down Barriers empowers people with disabilities, enabling them to live independently in our communities of South Georgian Bay.

Breaking Down Barriers is an inclusive agency, serving people with physical, sensory, emotional or intellectual disabilities. Disabilities can be visible or invisible. We are located in Collingwood but serve South Georgian Bay including Wasaga Beach, Clearview and the Town of the Blue Mountains. Our website reflects the many activities, programs and initiatives that we provide for people with disabilities and the whole community. We welcome those interested to participate in our programs and events either as consumers, volunteers or members. Come and join us as we continue to break down barriers that prevent the full participation of people with disabilities in our community. Please explore our website for more information, visit on our facebook page or call us at 705-445-1543.

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