In the Community

MLPD Advocacy

MLPD Advocacy

Together we can create an accessible and inclusive province for all Manitobans.

MLPD engages in advocacy and referral to community resources at the individual level, and advocacy at the municipal, provincial and national levels.

Decolonization Work

“What you call disabilities, we call gifts”.

National Accessibility Awareness Week For 2023 National Accessibility Awareness Week, MLPD hosted an online discussion with Elder Louise MacKay, Melanie Marsden, Jeannie Whitebird, and Tara Petti. The focus of the discussion was making Indigenous cultural events, spaces, and everyday life accessible. Indigenous cultural ways are about the gifts we all carry and having a good life throughout our journey, no matter who we are, where we come from, or what we look like. Participants in this discussion talked about their abilities, their challenges, and their advocacy for inclusion.

Discussions like this are one of many ways that MLPD is working towards decolonizing disability and we look forward to hosting more in the future.

Our Health Counts

MLPD was invited into this project by Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre. This research project will help better understand and count Indigenous people in health statistics, where they have historically been undercounted.

MLPD Executive Director Melissa Graham is attending on behalf of the organization to share perspectives between the disability and Indigenous communities and contributes to our work in decolonizing disability.

Disability Vote Matters
Disability Vote Matters
Disability Vote Matters

Your Vote Matters

MLPD plays a key role in Disability Matters Vote (DMV). In 2023, we supported the campaign to raise issues of accessibility and inclusion impacting Manitobans during the provincial election campaign. Melissa Graham, MLPD’s Executive Director, was a spokesperson for the 2023 campaign.

MLPD hosted an event called “Poverty Among Plenty” during this election campaign. At this event, some candidates who ran in the provincial election were served what they could typically afford on the salary of a Member of the Legislative Assembly. Some candidates were served a meal that someone on Employment and Income Assistance (EIA) could afford, while other candidates were served a meal that someone on disability supports could afford, and what someone on a living wage could afford. The candidates who were served a meal that those on EIA or disability assistance could afford had to fill out paperwork before receiving their meal, to demonstrate the extra bureaucracy people receiving income supports are forced to deal with. During the meal, candidates heard from several speakers who shared information about income support policies in Manitoba and their impact on disabled people, as well as the major challenge of finding accessible, affordable housing. The candidates who attended the event found it very illuminating.

Transportation Options

Another area where MLPD has been very active is assisting community members on accessible transportation issues and advocating for systemic change in transportation for people with disabilities.

In March 2023, MLPD partnered with Barrier-Free Manitoba, the Independent Living Resource Centre, Transportation Options Network for Seniors and CNIB to host a public information session on the Accessibility for Manitobans Act’s Transportation Standard to hear directly from passengers about what they think about the standard.

Earlier this year, MLPD Executive Director Melissa Graham appeared in front of the City of Winnipeg’s Public Works Committee to give feedback on the Semi-Annual Report of the Transit Advisory Committee.

MLPD will continue to stay active on transit issues to ensure that our community members can move around Winnipeg and enjoy everything the city has to offer.

Sidewalk Snow Clearing

MLPD has also been active on the issue of snow clearing. We had a strong contingent of members who attended a public discussion in February 2023 on snow and ice removal on the active transportation network. This is an ongoing issue that has a significant impact on many of our members. All Winnipeggers deserve to be able to enjoy the city year-round, but current snow-clearing processes leave many stuck inside for much of the winter. MLPD will be following up in the spring about the City’s budgeting for next year’s snow removal. If you would like to get involved in pushing for better snow clearing, please contact us. We will be relaunching our S(NO)w Plow Campaign next winter season and will be encouraging community involvement.

Community Navigation Service

MLPD provides a Community Navigation Service to Manitobans who are experiencing accessibility barriers, housing issues, difficulties with housing, transportation issues, and other things that impact Manitobans with disabilities and gifts.

MLPD does not provide these services, but we are here to support people to access these services

If you are interested in accessing this support, please call our office at 204-943-6099, or e-mail us at

We are also developing a peer support training program, funded by the Winnipeg Foundation. This will expand our ability to support more Manitobans with disabilities and gifts to navigate community services.

Creating Accessible Workplaces

Disability and Employment

MLPD is a partner in “Workplace Opportunities: Removing Barriers to Equity”, or WORBE. This multi-stakeholder project, supported by the federal government, is designed to get people with disabilities employed at Canada Post and is looking to extend the initiative to other Crown Corporations. We are in the first year of this project, for which the National Educational Association of Disabled Students holds the funding. MLPD is the only organization from the Prairies involved in the project. MLPD brings an important perspective to this project as members of the steering committee. As part of this project, MLPD was involved in training the job coaches who will be working with the program participants. This will support us in future projects where we may be supporting people with disabilities and gifts to find employment.

We also created a series of videos on Supporting Mid-Career Workers with Disabilities.

Webinar on the Rights of Disabled Employees

Supporting Mid-Career Workers with Disabilities- Resources

Resources related to employment and career adaptability for mid-career workers with disabilities.

These resources were developed by MLPD in partnership with The Mid-Career Workers with Disabilities through Community-building, Education, and Career-Progression Resources (MCWD) Project. For more information about the project click here.

A series of video clips enacting conversations between an employee and their manager. Each video will deal with disability-related issues that may arise in the workplace.
Welcome to the MLPD Mid-career workers with Disabilities series on tough conversations at work. In this video, you will watch a worker and her supervisor discuss various topics related to disability in employment.

Many people dread these tough conversations – both workers and supervisors. They can be uncomfortable for the worker due to the level of vulnerability we feel discussing sensitive and personal topics. Supervisors may also feel uncomfortable if they have not had sufficient accessibility training or haven’t had sufficient practice in using their training.

We hope these short clips will be useful in illustrating the importance of having a robust system of policies and procedures in place at the organization. We further hope it will demonstrate the importance of ensuring both supervisors and employees are aware of accessibility accommodations in the workforce.

The Return to Work resource is a self-paced online learning tool. You may find this information useful if you are mid-career, live with a disability, and are ready to return to work after a leave or gap in employment.
We have divided the information into two themes:
1) Returning to the workforce after a gap in employment

2) Returning to work after a leave of absence

After reviewing this material, you will have:
A greater sense of what you can expect when returning to work after a leave. We’ll look at the roles and responsibilities of people involved in the process.

Gained insight into what challenges you may face during the process (and how you might navigate through them).

Increased your confidence in asking for and receiving fair and adequate accommodations.

Click here to access this learning tool.

Creating An Accessible Manitoba

MLPD’s staff, Council Members, and volunteers actively participate in many committees, public forums, and other initiatives to ensure the perspectives of the disability community are represented, with the ultimate goal of creating an accessible and inclusive Manitoba for all people with disabilities and gifts.

For more information on our accessibility projects, please visit the links below.

Accessible Canada Project

For National Accessibility Week 2023 and 2024, MLPD is partnering with the Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD), the National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS), and Indigenous Elders and Knowledge Keepers to create a series of webinars.

You can watch the webinars on YouTube using the links below:

Mino-bimaadiziwin, A Good Life – MLPD video English

Mino-bimaadiziwin, A Good Life – MLPD video French

Intersectionality, Making Room for Change – CCD video English

Intersectionality, Making Room for Change – CCD video French

NEADS video – English

NEADS video – French

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