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BURNABY—Today (December 3) is the International Day for Disabled Persons. The day aims to promote understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities.

CUPE BC’s Persons With Disabilities Working Group encourages all CUPE members in B.C. to explore ways to educate co-workers about disability rights. Invite a speaker to a “brown bag” workplace lunch, or offer a workshop on duty to accommodate.

Increasing our awareness and knowledge about persons with disabilities is critical if they are to enjoy full participation and equality.

Recently, persons with disabilities celebrated a crucial victory in the fight to gain better access to transportation. On November 20, the Supreme Court of Canada denied Air Canada and WestJet’s request to appeal the decision of the Canadian Transportation Agency which requires the airlines to accommodate persons who need additional seating space because of their disability.

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Today, vision-impaired Canadians have their own television channel.