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December 3, 2021

International Day of Persons with Disabilities – Free Webinar

MEEPA Members,

Join Manitoba Employment Equity Practitioners Association (MEEPA) in celebrating International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) on December 3rd. This year, the Manitoba Accessibility Office (MAO) is pleased to offer a free webinar that will focus on Removing Barriers for People Who Use Service Animals. See below for your opportunity to submit questions to the panel in advance pertaining to service animals.

IDPD 2021: Removing Barriers for People Who Use Service Animals
Friday, December 3, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. CST.
Register for the webinar:  CLICK HERE

Webinar Highlights

  • Presentations by The Manitoba Human Rights Commission and the Manitoba Accessibility Office
  • A panel discussion among people with visible and invisible disabilities who use service animals, including Yvonne Peters (moderator), Vivi Dabee, and Bill Tucker

Webinar Learnings:

  • The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities & its articles that support the rights of persons with service animals, particularly related to accessibility (Article 9) and liberty of movement (Article 18).
  • Protecting the rights of people who use service animals.
  • The requirements of Manitoba’s accessibility standards and the tools to support compliance
  • Experiences, strategies, barriers and solutions to creating and maintaining accessibility for people who use service animals.
  • Question and answers pertaining to service animals from Manitoba businesses and organizations.

The webinar will be presented in English with ASL Interpretation and captioning. Please indicate whether you require other disability accommodations during registration.

MAO is seeking input from sectors related to retail, hotels, restaurants and housing about situations and questions pertaining to service animals that you would like the panelists to address. For instance, some of the common questions MAO has heard include:

  1. If a service animal enters a store, hotel or restaurant, how do we know it’s a service animal as opposed to a pet?
  2. Do service animals need to be registered?
  3. Our apartment building does not allow pets, but one of our tenants says his cat provides emotional support. How do we handle this?

MAO would appreciate other scenarios or concerns. Please forward your input to MAO@gov.mb.ca.