HRC Launches Survey On Disability & Inclusion

June 12, 2024 | 0 Comments

The Human Rights Commission is conducting a public consultation on disability and inclusion in Bermuda and invites “people with disabilities, members of the public and other stakeholders to complete the electronic survey.”

Lisa Reed, Executive Officer of the Human Rights Commission said, “The consultation’s objective is to understand the experiences of people with disabilities and the barriers that may exist in navigating life in Bermuda. Despite the legal protections in place to protect people with disabilities from discrimination, the lived experiences of people do not reflect inclusive policies, practices, or attitudes. Since 2018, disability has been one of the most frequently identified grounds of discrimination received by the Commission.

“Disability is part of being human; anyone can become disabled at any point in their life. The spectrum of disabilities includes visible and invisible disabilities. Understanding what measures are in place to ensure inclusion and access, identifying gaps and why they exist will help the Commission inform policy recommendations to the Government to improve accountability and compliance. It will also aid the Commission’s public awareness strategies.

“Everyone has a role to play in creating an inclusive and accessible Bermuda for all. Everyone has a responsibility to ensure people with disabilities can access their full rights and freedoms.”

Ms. Reed concluded, “The electronic survey will take about fifteen minutes to complete. We encourage all people in Bermuda to participate.

“The survey can be found on the Commission’s website at consultation-disability-inclusion-in-bermuda/ and Facebook page @HRCBermuda. If anyone needs assistance to participate in the survey, they should contact the Commission. Individuals can complete the survey in person at the Office of the Commission or over the phone. The last day to complete the survey is Friday, July 5 at 5:00 pm.

“Please contact us by phone at 295-5859, email or visit our Office at 32 Victoria Street, Milner Place, Ground Floor, Hamilton.”

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