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AccessAbility Day 2023

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May 26, 2023

May 31, 2023, will be the City of Ottawa’s 20th AccessAbility Day and is a part of National AccessAbility Week. This week is an opportunity to celebrate the diverse community of persons with disabilities across Canada, recognize their achievements, and highlight the work being done to remove barriers and make our communities more inclusive and accessible.

Over the past several decades, Canada has undergone enormous changes, and this has also been the case for people with disabilities. Members of the disability community have worked tirelessly to enact social, political, and legal changes that have made it possible for people with disabilities to participate more fully and actively in society. Without detracting from these remarkable achievements, we still have a way to go to make our communities fully inclusive of and accessible to people with disabilities.

In collaboration with the Canadian Accessibility Network and the Institute of Public Administration of Canada – National Capital Region, the City of Ottawa proudly presents a Canada-wide discussion on accessibility policies and key issues. Our keynote speaker will be Stephanie Cadieux, Canada’s Chief Accessibility Officer, and the event will feature many engaging presenters from various governmental sectors, as well as civil society advocates. This free virtual event is open to the public, and the link to register is at the bottom of this page.

Transforming Canada into a more inclusive society is work that will never be finished. There will always be a way to improve our spaces and institutions to make them truly accessible to everyone. For more information on the disability justice movement, as well as current issues and pivotal figures in the movement, please consult our book list of resources below.

The Ottawa Public Library is proud to be a part of this event and we hope to see you there!

Registration link: AccessAbility Day 2023 Registration (

When: Wednesday May 31, 2023   

Time: 12:00 – 2:00 pm (EDT)   

Location: Virtual Event over Zoom   

To promote the inclusion of all participants, the following supports are in place for the event:   

  • American Sign Language (ASL)   
  • Langue des signes québécoise (LSQ)   
  • Continuous real-time captioning in English and French   
  • Simultaneous English and French audio translation   

AccessAbility Day | Journée de l'accessibilité 2023
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A list of print, electronic, web, and audiovisual non-fiction resources that discuss current issues and pivotal figures in the disability justice and rights movement. Une liste de ressources documentaires imprimées, électroniques, audiovisuelles et sur Internet qui portent les enjeux actuels et figures de proue dans le mouvement des droits des personnes handicapées.