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RED SHIRT DAY

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Countdown to Red Shirt Day 2021: Wednesday, June 2nd, 2021

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THANK YOU CANADA FOR TAKING PART IN RED SHIRT DAY 2020 ON JUNE 3rd, 2020!

Mark your calendars for next year’s National AccessAbility Week (May 30 – June 5, 2021)
and Red Shirt Day (Wednesday, June 2, 2021).

Click on the ‘Play’ button above to watch the Red Shirt Day 2020 thank you video!

What is Red Shirt Day?

Red Shirt Day (for AccessAbility and Inclusion) 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 and families who are living with disabilities, celebrate the achievements of people living with disabilities, and to pledge their commitment to help 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 2021, Red Shirt Day will take place on Wednesday, June 2nd, and National AccessAbility Week is from Sunday, May 30 to Saturday, June 5.

On Wednesday, June 2nd, 2021, 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.

The Red Shirt Day Pledge

By wearing red on Red Shirt Day, participants are also making a pledge to educate and inform themselves on issues related to disability, and do what they can – individually and collectively – to remove physical and attitudinal barriers in their schools, workplaces and communities in order to make them truly accessible and inclusive places/environments for people of all abilities.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

The next Red Shirt Day is on Wednesday, June 2, 2021

National AccessAbility Week: Sunday, May 30 to Saturday, June 5, 2021
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If your school, workplace, or group is planning on taking part in Red Shirt Day 2021, let us know. Join the Red Shirt Day mailing list and we will send you updates on Red Shirt Day and free resources to help you mark National AccessAbility Week and Red Shirt Day.  

“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

Click here to read 2020 National AccessAbility Week message from Easter Seals Canada

On Wednesday, June 2nd, 2021, 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 RESOURCES

Free 2020 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.

Recommended books, movies and videos for children and adults:

EASTER SEALS CHILDREN’S ART COMPETITION

Art Contest Poster

Fun Activity Alert!

Get the kids involved in celebrating National AccessAbility Week and Red Shirt Day by taking part in the Easter Seals Children’s Art Contest!

The art contest is open to children between the ages of 6 to 14 years. First prize will be a $100 Gift Voucher and an Easter Seals Gift Pack!

We want kids to show us their vision and dream for “An Inclusive and Accessible Canada for Everybody”.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES FOR NAAW & RED SHIRT DAY

The following are some suggested activities that you and your family can do to celebrate and observe National AccessAbility Week and Red Shirt Day.

  • On Red Shirt Day, wear red with your family members or colleagues and post your selfie or group photo on social media with the hashtags #RedShirtDay, #RedForAcccessAbility, #EasterSeals. In your post, share the reason why you have chosen to wear red and participate in Red Shirt Day.
  • Tell other people about Red Shirt Day and encourage them to take part as well.
  • Encourage your children/students who are between the ages of 6 and 14 years old to take part in the Easter Seals Art Contest for National AccessAbility Week. The theme for this year’s contest is “An Inclusive and Accessible Canada for Everybody.” There are prizes to be won!
  • Create positive messages of support for people and families living with disabilities, and your commitment to accessibility and inclusion and put them up on your windows.
  • Read books or watch movies and video clips that feature characters with disabilities or which touches on disability, accessibility and inclusion. Then have a discussion about what you have read or watched. Check out the Red Shirt Day resources page for more materials.
  • Think about accessibility in your home, workplaces, school and community spaces. How are they accessible and in what ways are they not? What can you and your community do to help make private and public spaces, policies, programs and activities more inclusive and accessible?
  • Get Involved! Look up your local Easter Seals or other organizations serving people with disability in your communities. Sign-up to volunteer, donate or organize your own fundraising event to help enable these organizations to provide services in support of people and families with disabilities.

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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