Coquitlam library addresses disability issues

Participation sought for dinner meeting to discuss ideas for new provincial accessibility laws

Tri-City residents can have a say in new laws, standards and policies to better support people with disabilities to live with dignity and to meaningfully participate in their communities. 

To that end, Coquitlam Public Library is hosting a community meeting to talk about opportunities to improve life for people with disabilities. The meeting takes place Nov. 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the City Centre branch and includes a light supper.

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There are more than 926,000 British Columbians over the age of 15 with some form of disability. This represents nearly 25% of the population, and, as the population ages, the number of people with disabilities is likely to grow.

To deal with the complexities, the B.C. Government is committed to developing new laws, standards, and policies to better support people with disabilities to live with dignity and to meaningfully participate in their communities. 

With accessibility legislation, in place, government, persons with disabilities, and the broader community could better work together to identify, remove, and prevent barriers.

For more information on Tuesday's event, and to RSVP, email Ann Johannes at  ajohannes@coquitlamlibrary.ca or call 604-554-7346.

There are additional ways to add your feedback, including completing the online questionnaire, which will take approximately 10 minutes, or sending your comments by email or telephone;

Organizations, self-advocates and advocates can also make formal submissions that will be posted to this site.

After the consultation period ends Nov. 29 at 4 p.m., the B.C. Government will provide a summary of the feedback and input that has been received. This feedback and input will be used to inform the development of accessibility legislation for B.C.

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