The new year and the snowy weather are upon us. Disabilities and Human Rights Group is resuming its regular activity and the next meeting is on Wednesday, January 11 at 1:30pm-3pm at 74 Frederick Street in Kitchener. Besides the continuation of the winter sidewalk safety discussion, the group will be setting priorities for 2017 and identifying further challenges in support system navigation to strengthen its capacity for advocacy. Some of the identified areas to work on are: access to information, inclusion and strong neighbourhoods, housing, transportation and mobility, health care, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Standards. The group relies on the knowledge gained through experience and works from what people can do and contribute. Everyone is welcome to join.
1. Inclusion: All members of our community have the right to be included in the life of the community and in decisions that affect them.
2. Capacity focused: We work from what people can do, not on what they can’t.
3. Authentic experience: Each person has a story which is valid and contributes to a collective community experience.
4. Validation and empowerment are connected: To have our stories heard and respected is often the first step to taking action.
5. Advocacy takes skills that we can all learn and improve.
6. The pace of the group is important and needs to fit for all participants.