Join the movement for disability inclusion and accessibility!
Take action and show your support on May 31 by wearing red on Red Shirt DayTM.
National AccessAbility Week (NAAW)
This annual event is an opportunity for Canadians to come together to celebrate the valuable contributions and leadership of Canadians with disabilities, highlight the work of individuals, organizations and communities who are removing barriers, and reflect on our ongoing efforts to become a better, more accessible, more disability inclusive Canada. Every year National AccessAbility Week begins on the last Sunday in May. In 2023, NAAW will take place from May 28 to June 2.
By participating in National AccessAbility Week, you will be helping to improve the understanding and knowledge of Canadians about accessibility and inclusion; reduce stigma and attitudinal barriers towards persons with disabilities; share best practices and lessons learned related to NAAW activities within the disability community; be seen as a supportive voice and advocate for Canadians with disabilities.
Red Shirt DayTM of Action for AccessAbility and Inclusion
Red Shirt DayTM of Action for AccessAbility and Inclusion is a day when people across Canada come together and wear red in schools, workplaces and spaces everywhere in order to create a visible display of solidarity: to show their support for persons and families of those who are living with disabilities, celebrate the achievements of people living with disabilities, and to pledge their commitment to help create a fully accessible and inclusive society that honours and values the contributions of people of all abilities in all aspects of life in Canada.
Mark your calendars
Red Shirt DayTM takes place on the Wednesday of National AccessAbility Week each year. In 2023, Red Shirt DayTM will take place on Wednesday, May 31 during National AccessAbility Week.
In addition to wearing red on Red Shirt DayTM, participants are also encouraged to make a commitment – a pledge – to educate and inform themselves on issues related to disability, and do what they can – individually and collectively – to remove physical, attitudinal and systemic barriers in their schools, workplaces and communities in order to make Canada a truly accessible and inclusive place for people of all abilities. Here are a few sample pledges to get you thinking:
“I pledge to educate myself on disability and accessibility issues, including learning about different types of disabilities and how to provide appropriate support.”
“I pledge to advocate for increased accessibility and inclusion in my workplace, school, community spaces, and other areas where people gather.”
“I pledge to speak out against ableism and discrimination of all kinds, and to promote a culture of respect and inclusion in my community.”
“I pledge to get involved in school activities and events that promote accessibility and inclusion, such as a buddy program or an awareness campaign.”
“I pledge to speak up when I see barriers to accessibility or inclusion in our school or community, and to work with others to find solutions.”
Find our pledge form in the resources section below.
Mark your calendars for May 31, wear red, make a pledge, take a picture and share your support and commitment this Red Shirt DayTM by posting it to social media and tagging @EasterSealsON and including #RedShirtDay #RedForAccessAbility. You can buy Easter Seals Ontario’s official Red Shirt Day shirt through our online store by clicking here [link will be provided].
Thank you for your support in creating a more inclusive and accessible world!