Dec. 3, 2008
FREDERICTON (CNB) - A report updating the provincial government's progress in implementing improvements for persons with disabilities was released today, the International Day of Disabled Persons.
The Premier's Council on the Status of Disabled Persons released its Disability Action Plan Strategy Status Report #1. It contains a number of responses to date on the recommendations from the Disability Action Plan Strategy Report - The Path To Self-Sufficiency and Inclusion for Persons with Disabilities in New Brunswick.
Randy Dickinson, council executive director, said the annual status report is intended to hold departments accountable in making a sincere effort to implement the requested changes or explaining why they have not moved forward. The full report is available online at www.gnb.ca/0048.
Laura Peters, council chairperson, welcomed the observance of the International Day of Disabled persons, proclaimed by the United Nations in 1992. This year's slogan is, " Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Dignity and Justice for All of Us."
"We are so pleased that we have this special day set aside each year by the United Nations to draw public attention to the need for communities to be more inclusive of persons with different disabilities in all aspects of our economic and social opportunities," she said.
This year is significant in the international human rights movement, given the entry into force on May 3 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities as well as the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
"These documents mark a clear affirmation that persons with disabilities have the right to full and equal enjoyment of their human rights," said Dickinson. "They also mark a clear reaffirmation of the principles of dignity and justice for all of us."
Dec. 3 was initially proclaimed to commemorate the anniversary of the General Assembly's adoption of the World Program of Action Concerning Persons with Disabilities. The goal is to promote understanding about disability issues and to increase awareness of the benefits for society that are possible through the inclusion of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.
The update on the action plan was released at an event during which details on the upcoming Disability Awareness Week 2009 were unveiled.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Randy Dickinson or Christyne Allain, Premier's Council on the Status of Disabled Persons, 506-444-3000.