FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 14, 2011

Office of the Ombudsman, Office of the Children's Advocate and Human Rights Commission

New publication helps youth with disabilities

Young Manitobans with disabilities have the right to participate, and be invited to participate, in all aspects of economic, social, and cultural life of Manitoba. For some, however, finding the information they need to do this, is not an easy task.

The Rights of Youth: Disability is a new publication which offers easy to read, practical, information for youth with disabilities. It helps students and other youth with disabilities understand their rights and gives practical information on such topics as education, transportation, entertainment and employment.

The publication is a joint project of The Manitoba Human Rights Commission, the Office of the Ombudsman and the Office of the Children's Advocate.

"Putting all this practical information in one publication was the driving force behind the project," says Manitoba Ombudsman Irene Hamilton.

Throughout the colourful, eight page publication, questions are asked and answered. Some questions are: What is disability? What if I can't physically use a school bus? What can I do if I am being bullied? Can I get a drivers' licence? Are there laws in Manitoba to help or protect me if I have a disability?

The publication will be available for the first time on April 17, 2011, Law Day, at the Law Courts Building.

It is the ninth in the series of Rights of Youth Publications. Other editions include, On the Job, You and School, Human Rights, Criminal Justice, Adoption, Family Matters, Neglect and Abuse and Youth in Care.

The Rights of Youth series is also available on the following websites www.gov.mb.ca/hrc, www.ombudsman.mb.ca, and www.childrensadvocate.mb.ca.

For more information please contact

Patricia Knipe
Manitoba Human Rights Commission
204-945-5112