FREDERICTON (GNB) – This year marks the 30th anniversary of Disability Awareness Week, May 27 to June 3. The theme for 2017, We need in!, reflects the need for society to include people with disabilities.

“The theme this year is about access to decision-making for persons with a disability to those things that affect their own lives, as citizens who are able to reach their full potential,” said Brian Saunders, executive director of the Premier’s Council on the Status of Disabled Persons.

The week is co-ordinated by a volunteer committee, along with the council and the Neil Squire Society. It is an opportunity to celebrate the many achievements over the years to accommodate and include people with disabilities in their communities, and to discuss plans and objectives for further improvements.

Several new provincewide contests and award ceremonies have taken place this month to foster discussions and provide a better understanding of the challenges facing people with disabilities.

The provincial kickoff event for this year’s campaign will be hosted by the MIRA Foundation at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 28, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, Moncton.

The annual legislative breakfast will take place at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 30, at the Delta Fredericton. Over the last 30 years, the annual breakfast has become an important provincial event for the disability sector, allowing decision makers to gather with more than 200 clients, advocates, family members, supporters, organizations, government officials, researchers and employers.

The annual Walk and Roll event is taking place at noon on Friday, June 2, at the legislative assembly.

“We thank the Neil Squire Society for partnering with the council on this year’s Disability Awareness Week activities, and for all of its efforts in putting together what we know will be another successful campaign,” said Saunders. 

More information on events taking place around the province is available online.