bfmBarrier-Free Manitoba¬†is a non-partisan, non-profit, cross-disability initiative that was formed in 2008. We believed that the time had come for the Province of Manitoba to enact strong and effective legislation that requires the removal of existing barriers and prevents the creation of new ones. Barrier-Free Manitoba has been and continues to be led by a Steering Committee with members spanning Manitoba’s disability communities.

Session: Accessibility in Manitoba’s Education System – From Cradle to Career

To better understand the scope of the barriers students with disabilities face, Education Solutions Manitoba and Barrier-Free Manitoba joined forces, with support from Community Living Manitoba, to develop three surveys for staff, parents and students currently working/participating in child care, K to 12 and post-secondary settings. These surveys were designed to collect both quantitative and qualitative data related to seven commonly experienced barriers to accessibility: transportation, physical/structural, policy, programmatic, information/communication, social and attitude. Results of this research will help clarify current challenges within our existing education systems and provide a basis for improving access to education for Manitoba students with disabilities.