Manitoba Access Awareness Week (MAAW), June 10 to 16, 2018

Wednesday, June 6th, 2018 |

“Open for Everyone” Accessibility Symposium – June 12th

The Disabilities Issues Office (DIO) and the MAAW Steering Committee are celebrating Manitoba Access Awareness Week with a free learning event on Tuesday, June 12, 2018, 8:30 am to Noon at the Viscount Gort Hotel, Main Floor, 1670 Portage Avenue in Winnipeg.


This year’s program gives special consideration to businesses and organizations that must comply with the Customer Service Standard by November 2018.

  • In his keynote presentation on “The Art of the Possible,” Alfred Spencer, of the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario (ADO) will offer tools and insights into the impact of The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (2005).
  • CBC’s Janet Stewart will then moderate two discussions on accessible customer service from the perspective of Manitobans with disabilities and Manitoba businesses and non-profit organizations.

Arrive early or stay late to network and visit the tables set up local accessibility service providers and trainers.


Following the general program, the DIO will host a Lunch and Learn Workshop on “Accessibility through Procurement.”  This session is specifically designed for businesses and organizations that procure or contract services, goods and work from external sources.  The capacity of this session is 30 participants.


Place: Main Floor, Royal C, Viscount Gort Hotel

Time:  12:30 pm – 2:00 pm


Please register for the “Open for Everyone” Accessibility Symposium, and/or the Lunch and Learn on procurement by completing and returning the registration form, or by calling the DIO at (204) 945-7613, by Wednesday, June 6, 2018.


The Manitoba Government proclaims Manitoba Access Awareness Week annually.  Beginning in early June, there are a number of local champions of accessibility hosting a variety of learning events.  The Calendar of Events is posted on  Ask us about organizing an event for your organization.


Please let us know in advance if you require disability accommodations, and help us create a scent-free environment.