The MLPD is a united voice of people with disabilities, and their supporters, that promotes equal rights, full participation in society, and facilitates postive change through advocacy and public education.
The MLPD is a membership-based organization representing the concerns of people with all types of disabilities in Manitoba.
Since its establishment in 1974, the MLPD has developed expertise on numerous issues affecting the lives of people with disabilities. A few such issues are accessibility, education, employment, housing, income security, support services, and transportation.
The MLPD supports Manitobans with disabilities with social policy research and consultation, public education programs, information and referral services, and class advocacy.
Manitobans with disabilities have the same rights and responsibilities as any other person.
All persons, regardless of abilities, must have access to opportunities in order to exercise these rights.
Accessibility: MLPD members work to remove barriers which prevent people with disabilities from entering and using public buildings and services.
Education: MLPD members work to ensure that students with disabilities have access to education opportunities in regular public schools.
Employment: MLPD members work to provide effective employment policies and programs for people with disabilities.
Support Services: MLPD members work to improve Manitoba's Home Care System so that people with disabilities can live in the community.
Transportation: MLPD members work to guarantee that people with disabilities have access to transportation services.
The MLPD is a member of the Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD).
Through CCD, the MLPD has connection to Disabled Peoples' International (DPI).
The MLPD is open to any individual who supports the philosophy and mandate of the organization. MLPD members are entitled to vote at general meetings, run for election to Provincial Council, participate on committees, and receive the MLPD's newsletter.
The membership fee is $5.00 for individuals. Family and group memberships are also available for reduced rates. Please send us your name, address, postal code, and telephone number along with your registration fee to the address at the top of the page.
• Actively involved in the development of the City of Winnipeg's Handi-Transit service.
• Key organization in the development of Manitoba's Self-Managed Attendant Care Program.
• Successful in advocating for the inclusion of people with disabilities in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Manitoba Human Rights Code.
• Founded two agencies which assist people with disabilities accomplish employment goals.
• Actively pushed policies which enable children with disabilities to attend regular public schools.
• Worked with the government of Manitoba to develop a rural transportation program to meet the needs of people with disabilities in small communities.
• Lobbied to make public buildings accessible to people with all types of disabilities.
• Primary organization to lobby for the first provincial Minister Responsible for Persons with Disabilities in Canada. Minister Tim Sale was appointed in 2001.
Provincial Council Members
The MLPD has published reports on a variety of issues including advocacy techniques, guidelines to meet the accessibility needs of visually impaired people, policies on inclusion in mainstream schools, employment issues concerning Manitobans with disabilities, and concerns of senior citizens with disabilities.
The MLPD produces a quarterly newsletter entitled "Update" as well as an annual activity report.