December 3rd is the International Day for Persons with Disabilities. This day was set a side to draw attention to the rights of Persons with Disabilities.
The United Nations Website regarding this important day states “Although many commitments have been made to include disability and persons with disabilities in development, the gap between policy and practice continues. “ This one line so clearly identifies the challenge we face in moving forward. In 2007 OPSEU began the important work of closing this gap.
OPSEU has been working to make all of their facilities accessible to members. Audits have now been completed on all Regional Offices and Member Centres and a commitment has been made to do Accessibility Audits of all new buildings. This will not be a quick or in some cases inexpensive fix. However, the work is ongoing and an annual report on progress will be completed for each Convention. We recognize that no Accessibility Audit can be all inclusive and we ask all members who observe barriers to bring them forward to OPSEU’s Equity Unit, Executive Board Member or supervisor if they are staff.
We encourage everyone to get involved in the activities in their community or write a letter to their local paper about the importance of this day and why it was proclaimed.
OPSEU continues to work with its Equity Committees and Caucuses to remove all those things that divide us so that we can take on the employer with all the resource we have in our membership. ONE UNION UNITED!
For more information on December 3rd you can visit the United Nations Website at http://www.un.org/disabilities