Individual actions can create collective change!
November 27th, 2018
Can one person really make a difference? The simple answer is yes! We have seen it before where individuals like Cindy Lightner, founder of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), or Molly Burke, motivational speaker and YouTuber, have used their personal experiences to encourage others to take action or raise awareness in an effort to make the world a better place and make changes that are important to them.
An opportunity for major change is here! The Government of Canada has introduced the “Accessible Canada Act”, a draft legislation to enhance the full and equal participation of all persons, especially persons with disabilities. It’s our time to take action to support this monumental change, a change that individuals, families, and advocates have worked toward for many years: to have the rights of persons with disabilities be legislated in Canada. [a1] “This bill really understands that accessibility is our right and that is something we really see as valuable” Steven Estey, Council of Canadians with Disabilities. [a2]
At this point, The Accessible Canada Act has received 3rd reading in the House of Commons. Following the 3rd reading it will go to the Senate for Review. The Senate will likely hold hearings in February. Both Houses must approve the bill before it is given Royal Assent and becomes law.
Here’s where you come in! Individual voices are needed to support this collective change. There are some easy ways you can have a say in making sure that The Accessible Canada Act is passed:
- Send a text, e-mail or make a phone call to your
Federal MP or your Senate Representative. The more MPs or Senators hear from
individuals, the more they pay attention.
- Check out https://vadsociety.ca/social-action/bill-c-81-draft-accessible-canada-act for information on the legislation and ways
of taking action.
- Post this short video https://youtu.be/FHnBz-V9YGI on your Facebook to encourage others to get
Remember: Your passion and voice is important. You can make a difference.