WHAT IS NATIONAL ACCESSABILITY WEEK?

Established in 2017, National AccessAbility Week celebrates, promotes and showcases the diversity, inclusion and accessibility in this country, and highlights some of the important initiatives aimed at creating an Accessible Canada.

National AccessAbility Week is observed starting the last Sunday of every May.

“…when we include people with disabilities, we create a stronger Canada for everyone. We’ve made great strides in promoting inclusion for Canadians with disabilities, but there is still much work to do…We need to change the way we think, talk and act about barriers to participation and accessibility, and we need to do it right from the start, not as an afterthought. An inclusive Canada is one where all Canadians can participate and have an equal opportunity to succeed.”’

– The Hon. Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities

Check out the Government of Canada’s National AccessAbility Week (NAAW) website for more information and a calendar of events scheduled in your area.

WHAT IS RED SHIRT DAY?

Group of people wearing red and making the heart symbol with their handsEaster Seals Canada is proud to do its part to promote and celebrate National AccessAbility Week. Red Shirt Day (#RedShirtDay, #RedForAccessAbility) is an initiative promulgated by Easter Seals Canada to promote National AccessAbility Week and was first observed in 2019.

Students and Canadians across the country are encouraged to observe National AccessAbility Week and to wear Red on Red Shirt Day to show their support for people living with disability, and their commitment to helping create an accessible and inclusive Canada.

Red Shirt Day is celebrated on the Wednesday of National AccessAbility Week. In 2020, Red Shirt Day falls on Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020.


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