May 24, 1995, four years ago tomorrow, was the date on which Mike Harris wrote to the Ontarians with Disabilities Act Committee promising to enact an Ontarians with Disabilities Act in his first term.
This May 24, and for the following week, we should focus on taking action on this broken promise. We can do this by:
- Voting - There is an advance poll scheduled for Monday, May 24. It is a good way to show that this issue is important to you. Suggest that your friends take advantage of the advance poll and vote with you.
- Plan to spend some time this week talking to candidates, family, friends and people you meet about why this broken promise is so important to you and why they should think about it when they vote.
- Monitor the advance poll in your riding to see if people are facing barriers when they try to vote
- This week people with disabilities around the province are planning different activities to make sure the public is aware of the broken promise and they think about it when they vote. Talk to your regional contact to find out if anything is planned in your area. If not, then get together with some friends and plan something to get our message out, such as giving out copies of our 1 page ODA Factsheet leaflet in your community.
It might be especially effective if you choose a place which has barriers to hand out leaflets. For example, bus stops if you don't have accessible buses. Or perhaps street corners without curb cuts. This way you can show people the barriers, as well as talk about them.
Let us know what activities you have planned.
We have 11 more days to win this round in our campaign for a barrier-free Ontario for all Ontarians with disabilities.