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.