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