Social Development

Minister's message / Disability Awareness Week (10/05/31)

NB 849

May 31, 2010

FREDERICTON (CNB) - The following statement was issued by Social Development Minister Kelly Lamrock on the occasion of Disability Awareness Week in New Brunswick, Monday, May 31, to Saturday, June 5:

This week marks the 23rd annual Disability Awareness Week in New Brunswick, a week dedicated to promoting public awareness of obstacles preventing New Brunswickers with disabilities from equally participating, being fully engaged in their community and addressing ways to correct these matters.

I congratulate the Premier's Council on the Status of Disabled Persons for organizing this year's Disability Awareness Week. I also extend congratulations also to all of the individuals, community groups and schools that are hosting and participating in events during this important week. Your commitment to ensuring economic and social inclusion for all persons with disabilities is recognized.

Our government is committed to enhancing services for disabled persons in New Brunswick and ensuring they have access to all the supplies, services and equipment they require. The New Brunswick Economic and Social Inclusion Plan envisions a New Brunswick where every person has the necessary resources to meet his or her basic needs and to live with dignity, security and good health.

All New Brunswickers should also be entitled to employment opportunities, personal development and engagement within their communities. A successful, inclusive, and self-sufficient province requires participation from people with different abilities. We cannot leave anyone behind if we want to reach success as a province.

I urge all New Brunswickers to celebrate the individuals in our province whose determination and courage have contributed toward greater inclusion, accessibility and awareness for disabled persons.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Tracey Burkhardt, communications, Department of Social Development, 506-444-2416.

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