People with disabilities bearing the brunt of travel woes
October 5, 2022 - Ottawa, Ontario - Canadian Human Rights Commission
Together, Michael Gottheil, Canada's federal Accessibility Commissioner, and Marie-Claude Landry, Chief Commissioner of the Canadian Human Rights Commission, issue the following statement:
People with disabilities continue to face barriers and discrimination when travelling in Canada. In many cases, they are being denied their fundamental human rights.
Many people with disabilities rely on mobility aids, service animals and assistive technologies when travelling. Whereas a lost or damaged suitcase is an inconvenience, a lost or damaged mobility device robs people of their dignity, their mobility, and their independence, and it can pose a risk to their health. This is far more than an inconvenience. In many cases, it may be a violation of fundamental human rights.
Accessible transportation is essential to ensure that everyone can fully participate in all aspects of life in Canada. Greater care and attention must be given to people who rely on mobility aids, service animals and assistive technologies when travelling.
Whether taking public transit, or travelling by air or sea or rail, full and equal access to transportation is fundamental to people's work, family lives, leisure activities and wellbeing.
Everyone in Canada should be able to travel freely, independently, and with dignity.
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