National AccessAbility Week & Red Shirt Day - Easter Seals Canada

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.

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, celebrate the achievements and contributions of persons with disabilities, and pledge their commitment to helping create an accessible and inclusive Canada.

Red Shirt Day is celebrated on the Wednesday of National AccessAbility Week each year. In 2021, Red Shirt Day falls on Wednesday, June 21st, 2021.


National AccessAbility Week 2020 Message from Easter Seals Canada’s President & CEO

This year, National AccessAbility Week is especially significant as it is the first National AccessAbility Week since the passing of the historic Accessible Canada Act in July 2019. As we celebrate National AccessAbility Week amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Easter Seals is holding on to our values – now more than ever – toward ensuring that individuals and families who are living with disabilities are not forgotten during the crisis. We remain committed to fully enhancing the quality of life, well-being and independence Canadians living with disabilities!

Unfortunately, like many other non-profits, Easter Seals has been significantly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Many aspects of our daily lives have been disrupted, but its impacts are especially acute for people living with disabilities, many who already struggle with challenges like accessing mobility equipment, employment opportunities and financial support.

But the coronavirus outbreak has also created lessons and opportunities for more equitable practices and policies that are inclusive of people living with disabilities.

Special NAAW message in support of Indigenous persons with disabilities and First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities

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