The 26th annual Semaine québécoise des personnes handicapées (Québec Week of the Disabled) is being held from June 1 to 7. The theme this year is “Give 100%.”
As part of this week, Quebecers are encouraged to pay special attention to the best ways to communicate with people with disabilities, and to show respect and understanding for their situation and the accommodations they require. Our society can always strive to be more inclusive.
Simple ideas and gestures
Want suggestions for taking action? The Office des personnes handicapées du Québec has put together a series of ideas for taking action to minimize barriers that people with disabilities and their families face each day. Please visit and like this organization’s Facebook page.
Join the discussion
A lunch discussion will be held Friday, June 3, at 11:30 a.m. in the Georges-Émile-Lapalme cultural space at Place des arts in Montréal. The event will be recorded and broadcast on Facebook.
An important cause for Élections Québec
Élections Québec is concerned about the plight of people with disabilities, particularly in its Declaration regarding public services as well as in its strategic plan 2019-2023 (PDF in French), more specifically in its objective 2.1.
Moreover, Élections Québec has created an accessibility committee. The members advise us on our accessibility efforts so that we can develop solutions that encourage persons with disabilities to vote. This committee convinced our institution to add a new feature to its website this year, ahead of the provincial elections. We will clearly indicate the accessibility criteria for each polling station on election day. This will ensure that people with disabilities know if their office meets their needs and if not, they can contact their returning officer to obtain permission to vote at a different location.
Let’s stand together: let’s build a more inclusive society, one step at a time, so that people with disabilities can contribute to the full extent of their abilities.