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December 3, 2009
For immediate release
Minister Currie announces Disability Action Council on International Day of Persons With Disabilities
Social Services and Seniors
“The Disability Action Council has been created as a result of the two-phase Disability Services Review,” said Minister Currie. “We heard from the community and, as a result, have created a Council that will help my Department of Social Services and Seniors, as well as our entire One Island community, to improve the lives of those who live with disabilities.”
The Disability Action Council will be comprised of 19 members from advocacy groups, service organizations, government departments, businesses and community members. “These individuals were selected because of the expertise they can offer, and because of the commitment they have demonstrated in advocating for people with disabilities,” said Minister Currie. The Council will play an integral role in consulting with and advising government on new and existing legislation, policies, programs and services affecting people with disabilities in Prince Edward Island. In addition, it will be focusing on the themes contained in the Disability Service Review: raising awareness, promoting inclusion and opportunities, highlighting the contributions people with disabilities make to their communities and changing public attitudes.
“This is an exciting time,” said Minister Currie, “as we move toward providing a more progressive Island for all. I’m encouraged by the positive work that the Council will do to help serve people with disabilities in our One Island Community.”