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Released on May 28, 2021
For the fourth consecutive year, the Government of Saskatchewan is joining many provinces across the country in proclaiming May 30 to June 5, 2021 as National AccessAbility Week.
National AccessAbility Week in Saskatchewan is a time to celebrate and promote inclusion and accessibility in communities and workplaces. It is also a time to recognize the efforts of individuals, communities and workplaces that are actively removing barriers to give Saskatchewan people with disabilities an equal opportunity to participate in their communities.
In the coming weeks, government will be releasing the feedback we received from the public engagement it held this past winter for the creation of new accessibility legislation for Saskatchewan.
"Accessibility legislation is another step we are taking to remove barriers which will allow all Saskatchewan people to participate in our communities," Social Services Minister Lori Carr said. "While we have made progress, we have a lot of work to do as it is crucial that we make our province accessible for people with disabilities."
Descriptive Text of Infographic:
Accessibility Legislation: Participant Snapshot
Where do you live? – Graph in the shape of Saskatchewan.
66.0% of people said Regina, Saskatoon, Moose Jaw or Prince Albert
10.8% said Other City
10.6% said Town
7.8% said Rural Municipality
4.8% said Village, Resort Village, North or First Nation Community
How old are you? – Pie Chart
40.1% of people said they were age 31-49
31.8% said age 50-65
14.6% said age over 65
11.3% said age 19-30
1.8% said Prefer not to answer
0.4% said age under 19
Are you a… 1187 participants, could select more than one answer – Bar Graph
542 (45.7% of participants) people said they were a friend or family member of a person with a disability
460 (38.7% of participants) said person with a disability
150 (12.6% of participants) said no personal connection to a person with a disability
123 (10.3% of participants) said non-paid caregiver of a person with a disability
104 (8.8% of participants) said other
77 (6.5% of participants) said no-worker or employer of a person with a disability
61 (5.1% of participants) said paid caregiver of a person with a disability
What type of barriers do you, or someone you know, experience? 886 participants, participants could select more than one answer – Bar graph taken from full survey results, participants could select more than one answer
670 (75.6% of participants) people said they faced attitude barriers
663 (74.8% of participants) said physical barriers
601 (67.8% of participants) said system barriers
487 (55.0% of participants) said information and communication barriers
358 (40.4% of participants) said technology barriers
39 (4.4% of participants) said other
What type of disability do you, or someone you know, experience? 891 participants, participants could select more than one answer – Bar graph
64.8% of participants said Mobility
39.6% of participants said Flexibility
38.9% of participants said Mental Health
38.6% of participants said Pain-related
34.1% of participants said Developmental
32.5% of participants said Learning
29.1% of participants said Dexterity
23.9% of participants said Memory
20.3% of participants said Seeing
19.3% of participants said Hearing
8.4% of participants said Other
This proclamation is a joint initiative with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Saskatchewan. Since 1964, SCI Saskatchewan has provided leadership in the development and delivery of programs, services, and resources to Saskatchewan people living with spinal cord injuries and other physical disabilities.
"National AccessAbility Week is an opportunity to highlight the contributions that all citizens make in our society," Spinal Cord Injury Saskatchewan Executive Director Launel Scott said. "It is also a time to bring awareness of the importance of accessibility and inclusion in communities and with key stakeholders across Saskatchewan. SCI Saskatchewan, in collaboration with people living with disabilities, look forward to enhanced accessibility and opportunities to work, play and participate fully in our communities."
This proclamation supports the Saskatchewan Disability Strategy by helping to create awareness and understanding of the rights of people with disabilities. Saskatchewan residents and communities that have done work which aligns with the Disability Strategy are encouraged to share their accomplishments using the hashtag #SKDisability.
For more information about the supports and services that SCI Saskatchewan provides, please visit scisask.ca.
For more information, contact:Leya Moore
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