A number of roundtable sessions and meetings focused on how we can improve accessibility and decrease barriers for people living with disabilities. Staff from the consultation team met with a variety of stakeholder groups to gather feedback. Have a look at the suggestions and comments transcribed during these meetings.
On December 11, 2013, members of the Minister’s Council on Employment and Accessibility invited members from the disability community to spend an afternoon discussing what can be done to increase accessibility and decrease barriers for people living with disabilities in our province.
January 15 – Open Space Session
On January 15, 2014, 100 members of the disability community met to share their views about how we, as a society, could increase accessibility and decrease barriers for people living with disabilities in BC. During the five-hour forum, participants identified over 40 ideas. In the time available, discussion groups were held around 18 of these ideas.
February 18 – Vancouver Urban Core Community Workers Association
On February 18, 2013, about 20 members of the Vancouver Urban Core Community Workers Association met to discuss some of the specific issues and barriers faced by those with mental health and addictions in the Downtown Eastside.
February 24 – Canadian Mental Health Association and guests
On February 24, 2014, the Canadian Mental Health Association (BC chapter) hosted an event in Vancouver to look at issues and barriers faced by people with mental health issues in B.C. that included 50 CMHA members and staff, to discuss ways we might work together to improve the lives of people with disabilities, including invisible disabilities, in our province.
March 4 – Inclusion Powell River Society
The Inclusion Powell River Society hosted a community consultation session, using the conversation toolkit, to discuss ways to improve accessibility and remove barriers for people living with disabilities. This society has been active for 60 years, working to ‘foster a safe, inclusive community where everyone belongs and lives a good life.’
March 7 – Small Business Roundtable
The Small Business Roundtable, which is chaired by the Minister of State for Small Business, Naomi Yamamoto, devoted part of their regular quarterly meeting on March 7, 2014, to discuss ideas for how small business owners can increase accessibility for people with disabilities. The Small Business Roundtable was established to engage in a dialogue with small business owners to identify the key issues and opportunities facing small businesses in British Columbia, and to develop recommendations for small business and government on strategies to enhance small business growth and success.