Moving Landmark Legislation to Game Changing Action
Following 5+ years of spirited advocacy, Manitoba passed the landmark Accessibility for Manitobans Act (AMA) on December 3, 2013. This Act represents the single most important advance in disability rights since the 1970s and 80s when The Charter of Rights and Freedoms and federal and provincial human rights codes came into effect.
But, and here’s the big but, the AMA does not actually require anything from government beyond the tabling of more plans and reports. Without strong and sustained commitment from government, the passage of the AMA will be nothing but a hollow victory won at tremendous cost.
Sadly, past experience tells us that when the pressure is off, the attention of government wanders away from disability issues.
That's why Barrier-Free Manitoba is now asking groups and individuals from and beyond the disability community to endorse our call for the timely and effective implementation of the AMA based on nine basic principles (listed on the next page).
The endorsement of the original call for strong legislation by thousands of Manitobans was pivotal in getting the AMA passed. Now we are asking for your help in moving landmark legislation into game changing action.
Please endorse the call for timely and effective implementation today!