Countdown to Red Shirt Day: Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020

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What is Red Shirt Day?

Red Shirt Day is a day when people across Canada come together and wear red in schools, workplaces and spaces everywhere in order to create a visible display of solidarity: to show their support for persons who are living with disabilities, and their commitment to helping to create a fully accessible and inclusive society that honours and values the contributions of people of all abilities in all aspects of life in Canada.

Red Shirt Day takes place on the Wednesday of National AccessAbility Week each year. In 2020, Red Shirt Day will take place on Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020; and National AccessAbility Week is from Sunday, May 31 to Saturday, June 6, 2020.

On Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020, post a selfie or a group photo of you with your friends, classmates or colleagues – all wearing red – on social media with the hashtags:

#RedShirtDay, #RedForAccessAbility, #EasterSeals, #unstoppABLE.

Red Shirt Day is an Easter Seals initiative and was first celebrated in 2019.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

Red Shirt Day is Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020

National AccessAbility Week: Sunday, May 31 to Saturday, June 6, 2020

If your school, workplace, or group is planning on taking part in Red Shirt Day 2020, register your commitment by completing the following short survey, and receive Red Shirt Day updates and free resources: Red Shirt Day Pledge

“Building an inclusive and accessible Canada—creating real social change—is going to take a huge collaborative effort and a significant shift in the way we approach the physical, social and attitudinal barriers that currently exist for people living with disability in this country. Easter Seals is proud to be at the forefront of this shift, and we’re excited about the awareness that the new National AccessAbility Week and Red Shirt Day will bring to these efforts.”

– Dave Starrett, President and CEO, Easter Seals Canada

Photos from Red Shirt Day 2019

Red Shirt Day on Social Media

RED SHIRT DAY RESOURCES

Free 2019 Red Shirt Day & National AccessAbility Posters:

Help raise awareness about National AccessAbility Week and Red Shirt Day by putting up these free posters in your community, school and workplace, and by sharing them electronically. Click on the images below to view a larger version and/or download a copy of the poster.

Videos, books, activity ideas:

SUPPORT RED SHIRT DAY & EASTER SEALS: WHAT YOU CAN DO

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Take Part. Spread the word and be an advocate for accessibility and inclusion:

Organize Red Shirt Day at your school or workplace in order to raise awareness about National AccessAbility Week.

Talk to your family members, friends and colleagues about accessibility and disability issues that affect you or your community. Challenge any stereotypes or misconceptions.

Work with your school, local community group, businesses or councillor to improve physical and social accessibility and inclusivity in your community.

Support Easter Seals and People living with Disabilities: Make a donation to Easter Seals, Take Part in an Easter Seals event, or organize your own fundraising event for Easter Seals:

It’s easy to make a personal donation to Easter Seals, or a donation in honour of someone.

There are also many simple fundraising events or activities that you can organize on your own, at your school or workplace to raise funds for Easter Seals. For example: collecting donations in lieu of birthday gifts, organizing a bake sale at school, holding a garage sale. For ideas or information, reach out to us at partnerships@easterseals.ca.

Stay in touch!

Stay up-to-date about Easter Seals programs and services, events, and activities across the country by signing up for the Easter Seals Canada e-newsletter. We will also bring you the latest news and developments on accessibility issues from across Canada.

For even more current updates on Easter Seals and accessibility news and announcements, join our social media channels to be the first to know. Like us on Facebook, Follow us on Twitter or Subscribe to our Instagram page.

Sponsors and Partners

Support the Red Shirt Day Campaign by coming on board as a sponsor or partner. For more information, please contact partnerships@easterseals.ca

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