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Making Public Consultations and Forums accessible for people with communication disabilities

On August 31, 2017, the Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities announced the launch of this initiative, funded through the disability component of the Social Development Partnerships Program.

CDAC will develop resources and communication support services to assist people with communication disabilities to communicate at public consultations and forums.

“I’m delighted to be named Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, and look forward to seeing the development of innovative projects, like this one, that eliminate barriers and address the needs of people with disabilities. Through projects like this one, which makes civic engagement more inclusive, we are helping to identify real solutions to reach a truly accessible society.”  The Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities

“Communication Disabilities Access Canada is delighted to receive the funding announced today by Minister Kent Hehrfrom the Government of Canada. This funding will enable us to develop communication supports and resources to make public forums, consultations and meetings accessible for Canadians who have speech, language and communication disabilities. We look forward to having a voice at these future events.”   Barbara Collier, Executive Director, Communication Disabilities Access Canada.