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We All Have Ability: Next Week is National Accessibility Week 

May 23, 2023 

GUELPH, ON – Next week the Upper Grand District School Board will be observing National Accessibility Week.  

National Accessibility Week takes place annually, this year the week is being observed from May 28 to June 3, 2023. According to the Government of Canada website, “National Accessibility Week is an opportunity to celebrate the valuable contributions and leadership of Canadians with disabilities, highlight the work of people, organizations and communities that are removing barriers, reflect on on-going efforts to become a better, more accessible, more inclusive Canada.” 

There are 10 types of disabilities as classified on the Canadian Survey on Disability: seeing, hearing, mobility, flexibility, dexterity, pain-related, learning, developmental, mental-health related, and memory. It is important to remember that just because you cannot see a disability, it does not mean that the person does not have a disability.  

Easter Seals Canada has many resources that educators and families can use during the week including book recommendations, podcasts, videos, disability facts and figures, colouring sheets for students and more. Learn more on the Easter Seals website: 

The Rick Hansen Foundation is another source for great resources to help promote National Accessibility Week. Classroom resources and resources for parents/guardians are available on their website: 

The Terry James Resource Centre (TJRC) has many resources available to students and staff. Books and resources are available through TJRC online using Sora, videos are available through Curio and physical books can be checked out by staff. Learn more on the TJRC website.  

Throughout National Accessibility Week don’t forget to share your accessibility week activity pictures on twitter by sending them to @ugdsb and using #UGAccessibility and #WeAllHaveAbility.  

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