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International Day of Disabled Persons

In 1992 the United Nations proclaimed December 3rd the International Day of Disabled Persons. The aim is to promote "increased awareness and understanding of disability issues...and to mobilize support for practical
action at all levels by, with, and for persons with disabilities..." in order to improve their well-being and livelihood on the basis of equality. This year marks the 10th anniversary of this important day. Tune in for salutations from Ontario Liberal Leader, Dalton McGinty and Ontario NDP Leader, Howard Hampton.

Special programming out of Toronto includes a series of discussions with organizations, government agencies and individuals about the recent passage of the Ontarians with Disabilities Act (ODA). Kelly Ashton interviews Edward Rice, League for Human Rights of B'nai Brith; Robert Alexander, Canadian Hard of Hearing Association (CHHA) Ontario Chapter; David Lepofsky, Chair, ODA Committee; Tony Martin, Disability Critic for the New Democrat Party of Ontario; Ernie Parsons, Disability Critic for the Liberal Party; Penny Hartin, CNIB Executive Director, Ontario
Division; The Honorable Carl DeFaria, Minister of Citizenship; and Mary Frances Laughton, the director of the Assistive Devices Industry Office (Industry Canada), who as a person with a disability provides a personal perspective.

In Ottawa, come to our booth at 'A Celebration of People' Conference. Held at the Ottawa Congress Centre, this is the top event in the National Capital region marking the 10th Anniversary of the International Day of Disabled Persons and includes activities that focus on educating,
enlightening, and entertaining participants.

In Calgary ALBERTA BEAT presents the inspirational stories and writings of two courageous Albertans who have overcome tremendous personal obstacles.
Doug Kristofferson is a young brain-injury victim who has used poetry and prose as an effective means of expression. Neil R Hamilton is an 82 year-old, blind and deaf WWII veteran who is a living testimonial of his motto:" Quit? NEVER!". We interview both these heroes and listen to
their original works

In Vancouver, volunteer Matt LeFleur will interview Shirley Carlisle, a past Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB) board member in the BC Yukon division, representing the Hope Chapter. She has a 15-year history with CCB and has volunteered in countless other areas improving services for
blind Canadians. The Canadian Council of the Blind celebrates its 60th Anniversary in 2004. It is an organization run by the blind for the blind with one of its most prominent mandated items being educating the public
about blindness. Some of the Council's past achievements include originating the now annual "White Cane Week", helping to establish legislation that has greatly improved social assistance programs for people who are blind, working with government to make income tax information more available to blind consumers, and advocating the
introduction of Canada's new $5 and $10 bank notes.


Broadcast Times as follows (in Eastern Time)

Interviews:
Mary Frances Laughton, 9:30 am & pm
Edward Rice, 10:30 am & pm
Robert Alexander, 11:30 am & pm
Penny Hartin, CNIB Executive Director, Ontario Division; 1:30 pm

Regional Programming:
Alberta Beat 3:30 pm
BC Regional Report 4 pm

Interviews:
The Honorable Carl DeFaria, Minister of Citizenship at 5 pm
Ernie Parsons, Disability Critic for the Liberal Party; between 5 and 6 pm Tony Martin, Disability Critic for the NDP of Ontario; between 5 and 6 pm David Lepofsky, Chair, ODA Committee; between 5 and 6 pm







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