Statement from NDP leader Andrea Horwath on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Ontario’s New Democrats are pleased to stand with people around the world today, marking the 24th International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

We mark this Day every December 3rd, to promote understanding of the issues facing people with disabilities, and to support and enhance the dignity, rights, and well-being of persons with disabilities.

Despite the good progress that has been made, Ontarians living with disabilities still encounter serious barriers to equal social participation, including ongoing stigmatization, discrimination, and challenges to their basic human rights. One in seven Ontarians lives with a disability, and nearly half of all people living with disabilities are unable to participate in the workforce due to barriers they face. People with disabilities have a fundamental right to access services, employment, and housing; and to enjoy full participation in public life.

Ontario must continue to work to improve employment opportunities and reduce barriers, in order to allow people with disabilities to pursue the careers and lives they wish, and deserve. New Democrats will continue to propose and promote legislation that advances equality and accessibility.

We extend our sincere thanks to the organizations and individuals who advocate tirelessly for the rights of Ontarians living with disabilities.