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Friday, 25 May 2018
We are launching what will likely be BFM’s last major accessibility-rights campaign on May 29th and we NEED your help.
Barrier-Free Manitoba has grown increasingly concerned about significant shortfalls in the government’s implementation of the landmark Accessibility for Manitobans Act (AMA). We’ve done our best to raise these concerns with the responsible government officials over the past 18 months but without the timely responses and robust results we would have hoped (and expected).
So we have become increasingly public with our concerns, the first step being the March 2018 release of a principled report card on implementation efforts to date. The government scored poorly on five of the nine principles at the time. Regrettably, we had to lower the mark given to a sixth principle on a recently updated version of the report card (attached).
But we need to move well beyond this. Based on a session we hosted with disability-related and allied organizations on May 7th (we've attached the meeting notes for your review), BFM has decided to take the next major step forward.
We plan to launch a major public accessibility-rights campaign on Tuesday, May 29th. Called “Broken Promise”, the campaign will culminate on June 20 with the public consultation event being held in Winnipeg on June 20, 2018 that is being hosted by Ms. Theresa Harvey Pruden as part of her compulsory four-year review of the AMA.
9:00 am to Noon
Registration at 8:30 am
Viscount Gort Hotel, Main Floor, Royal B and C
1670 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg MB
BFM’s Broken Promise campaign is expected to include:
- An online and printed post card for groups and individuals to sign onto / send in to express their disappointment with the implementation of the AMA to date and to call for major changes/improvements over the short, medium and long term.
- The development and distribution of reference materials that focus on key areas of disappointment that were highlighted during discussions at the May 7th meeting.
- A series of short video spots by persons with disabilities related to these key areas.
- Extensive use of social media to promote awareness and engagement.
- Active encouragement for persons with disabilities and disability-engaged groups and individuals to attend the June 20th public consultation event.
We believe that the campaign’s success will be critical to ensuring the full and timely implementation of the AMA - an Act that holds out so much promise of better futures for 200,000 Manitobans with disabilities (and their families) and that we all worked so hard to get enacted in December 2013.
As said above, we NEED your help. Here’s what we’re asking of you:
- Actively amplify the campaign and its messages by sharing them with your constituents and network and by liking/sharing our FaceBook posts and liking and retweeting our tweets.
- Referring to our key areas of disappointment in sharing your thoughts on the limitations of AMA implementation to date with others (including Ms. Harvey Pruden who we understand has already reached out to selective disability organizations)
- Helping us get as many organizations (yours included) and individuals to sign onto our online/print post card. We’ll provide you with the link to the online version of the post card and details of where you can pick up printed versions on May 29th.
- Registering to attend the public consultation on the AMA scheduled for June 20 in Winnipeg and encouraging your constituents to do the same. We’ve attached the registration form that Ms. Harvey Pruden is asking people to complete and submit to the Disability Issues Office.
The Broken Promise campaign will likely also be the last of Barrier-Free Manitoba’s major public campaigns given our plans to cease operations in December 2018. We hope that you will help make this final one even more successful and be even more impactful than the others we have ran over the last decade.
We look forward to providing you with an update on our May 29th launch date. Between now and then, we’ve got a whole lot of work to get done.
Thank you for your ongoing interest, support and assistance.
Upward and onward!
Consultant to the Barrier-Free Manitoba Steering Committee
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