Government of New Brunswick

May 27- June 2nd 2018
The theme this year is “Equal Opportunity for All”.

The Premiers Council on Disabilities is proud to once again be organizing a number of events around New Brunswick as part of Disability Awareness Week (DAW).  In addition we will be offering ongoing advertising support to provincial and local community groups for any events that they are hosting.

Disability Awareness Week (DAW) continues the tradition of National Access Awareness Week first established in 1988 to promote better community access for people with disabilities. In 1998, a decision was made in New Brunswick to continue celebrating an annual awareness week but with a new name to ensure that all issues related to persons with a disability could be promoted. The main goal of DAW is to raise public awareness of existing barriers that prevent citizens with disabilities from full and equal participation in all aspects of their community and what may be done to correct these problems. We also want to celebrate examples of best practices and advancements made towards full inclusion for citizens with disabilities.

The DAW awareness campaign targets the participation of communities large and small across New Brunswick to create positive changes in the lives of people with disabilities.

Activities for Disability Awareness Week are coordinated at the provincial level by the Premier's Council on Disabilities. Local groups will also organize community projects across the province. Disability Awareness Week covers all types of disabilities and all age groups in partnerships with any interested supporters.

The activities for Disability Awareness Week are coordinated provincially by the Premier's Council on Disabilities, with many groups also organizing community projects locally. Disability Awareness Week covers all types of disabilities and all age groups in partnership with any interested supporters and groups

DAW is not intended to provide an opportunity for organizations to raise funds for their own activities. The focus should be on public awareness about disability issues.

Please join us as we celebrate the 31st year of this campaign!


DAW 2018 Events

DAW Kick-off

Hosted by BEST Group Bathurst and Bathurst Municipal Advisory Committee on Persons With Disabilities
Location: Coronation Park
(rain location is Bathurst High School Cafeteria)
Date: May 27
Time: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Annual Legislative Breakfast

Save The Date - Tuesday, May 29th
Time: 9 a.m.
Place: Delta Hotel, Woodstock Road, Fredericton
RSVP by May 15th to
pcd-cpmph@gnb / 1-800-442-4412

Walk & Roll

Register your event:

Closing Reception

Beaverbrook Art Gallery
Date: June 1st
Time: 11 am - doors open 10:30 am
RSVP by May 20th to
pcd-cpmph@gnb /1-800-442-4412


DAW awards and contests

Several contests are being held this year to help organizations promote Disability Awareness Week activities. These are designed to foster discussion and a better understanding of the challenges facing more than 125,000 persons with disabilities living in New Brunswick.

DAW Awards

Each year Disability Awareness Week recognizes individuals, organizations and/or municipalities who have made a significant contribution towards improving the lives of persons with a disability.

Categories for nomination include:


We will no longer be selling promotional items, however a limited amount of promotional items will be available at DAW events.