News Release Disability Awareness Week - May 29 to June 4, 2022

May 27, 2022

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.

DAW was inspired by Rick Hansen’s Man in Motion World Tour 35 years ago. This year’s campaign is “Adapt – Improvise – Overcome!”

Activities for DAW are co-ordinated by the Premier's Council on Disabilities, and this year they are offering two virtual events (one in English and one in French).

On Tuesday, May 31st at 10 a.m. there will be a live presentation by Shawn Courchesne, a man who doesn’t let up! At 17 years old, he suffered a spinal cord injury after a snowmobile accident. His determination and perseverance allowed him to find new ways to access the world.

Register for Shawn’s live presentation! (French with LSQ interpretation)

On Wednesday, June 1st at 10:30 a.m., there will be a live presentation by Casey Perrin, an accomplished para-athlete, traveller and respected student (chosen as her university Valedictorian in 2019). An ATV accident in 2011 resulted in both a spinal and brain injury. Casey will share her story on the adjustment.

Register for Casey’s live presentation! (English with ASL interpretation)

You can also participate in the 2022 Walk & Roll event anytime between May 29th and June 4th. You can walk and roll (walk, bike, wheelchair, etc.) anywhere you like or join the event at the Bill Thorpe Walking Bridge at 11 a.m. on June 4th in Fredericton.

Share your photos on social media and tag @NBPCD. Use the hashtag #DAW2022

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