Forward Together: Accessibility and Inclusion for All

Join us from May 26 to June 1, 2024, to celebrate:

  • the valuable contributions and leadership of persons with disabilities in Canada
  • the work of allies, organizations and communities that are removing barriers
  • ongoing efforts to become a more accessible and disability inclusive Canada

This year, the theme for National AccessAbility Week is “Forward Together: Accessibility and Inclusion for All,” emphasizing the need for collective efforts to create a barrier-free Canada. Our country’s strength lies in the diversity of its people—all its people—and we can all contribute to this vision.

Canadian Congress on Disability Inclusion

The Canadian Congress on Disability Inclusion is taking place on May 23, 2024.

The Congress will kickstart National AccessAbility Week. It will be a virtual event, accessible, free, and open to all. It will bring together persons with disabilities, disability organizations, public and private sector organizations, employers, academics, innovators and thought leaders to share their insights to help shape accessible and inclusive communities and workplaces across Canada.

For 2024, the Congress will feature:

  • panel discussions on the Accessible Canada Act, inclusive built environment, and accessible employment
  • keynote speaker Prasanna Ranganathan, founding board member of the Disability Screen Office
  • celebrations of Canadian athletes and artists with disabilities

For more information and to register, visit the Canadian Congress on Disability Inclusion page. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to find out how you can participate in the various activities during National AccessAbility Week.

Message from the Minister

Minister Khera launches National AccessAbility Week 2024

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Key messages

From May 26 to June 1, 2024, let’s celebrate the significant and innovative contributions of persons with disabilities in Canada, and the accomplishments of people who proactively identify, remove, and prevent barriers to accessibility and disability inclusion in their communities and workplaces.

We have come a long way since the coming into force of the Accessible Canada Act in 2019. Let’s take time to celebrate the steps taken to advance accessibility and disability inclusion and reaffirm our focus on moving forward to achieve the goal of a barrier-free country.

A fully inclusive Canada benefits all of us. Our country’s strength lies in the diversity of its people — all of its people. In the spirit of “Nothing Without Us,” the Government of Canada continues to collaborate with partners from the disability community, as well as Indigenous representatives, intersectional groups, and all levels of government to ensure the needs and interests of persons with disabilities are considered and supported.

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