The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is committed to making sure that people with disabilities are included in all aspects of society. To help achieve this goal, the government set up the Disability Policy Office.
The main purpose of the Disability Policy Office is to:
The Disability Policy Office works with all government departments and agencies to develop policies and programs that include people with disabilities and that are barrier free. This work is important to make sure everyone has the same opportunities.
There are many barriers that can get in the way when people with disabilities try to access a service, program or opportunity. Whether it is going to school, finding a job, playing sports, or volunteering in a local event, people with disabilities should not be excluded. The Disability Policy Office works with community organizations, businesses and other government groups to break down all sorts of barriers: in buildings, attitudes, and policies.
The Provincial Advisory Council for the Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities advises the Minister Responsible for the Status of Persons with Disabilities on current issues and ways to make things better. This Council is made up of 12 to 18 people who have disability related experiences and knowledge. They are women and men of different ages who come from small and large communities.
Many government departments and agencies work together to make sure their services and programs include people with disabilities. Ministers and senior management meet regularly to plan how best to remove barriers and achieve inclusion. Partner departments and agencies include:
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