VANCOUVER, BC, March 2, 2016 /CNW/ - Today, the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities addressed an international audience, highlighting the importance of accessibility and inclusion, during her opening remarks at the 32nd International Seating Symposium in Vancouver, British Columbia.
The International Seating Symposium (ISS) is considered one of the premier meetings in the world for dedicated clinicians, researchers, manufacturers, and others who work to improve seating and mobility among people with disabilities.
During her remarks, the Minister outlined the critical role mobility devices serve and applauded the efforts attendees of the symposium are undertaking to advance seating and mobility innovations and to improve the lives of people with disabilities.
Minister Qualtrough also highlighted the Government of Canada's commitment to ensuring greater accessibility and opportunities for people with disabilities in their communities and workplaces.
- The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring greater accessibility and opportunities for people with disabilities through the development and passage of federal accessibility legislation.
- An engagement process on federal accessibility legislation will be held with provinces, territories, municipalities, stakeholders and all Canadians in the coming months.
"All Canadians deserve equal accessibility and opportunities in their communities and workplaces. I believe that we're embarking on a new era of leadership, collaboration and cooperation. The International Seating Symposium is an excellent demonstration of the benefits of collaborative partnerships. By working together, we will develop a more prosperous and inclusive society."
– The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities
SOURCE Employment and Social Development Canada
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