Celebrate Diversity on December 3! International Day of People with Disabilities

December 3, 2020 is the International Day of People with Disabilities. Please take a moment to reflect on your team and your work practices. Are they inclusive and accessible? Can you celebrate your team’s differences and value each colleagues’ contribution?

This theme for this year is “Not All Disabilities are Visible” and focuses on spreading awareness and understanding of disabilities that are not immediately apparent, such as

  • mental illness
  • chronic pain or fatigue
  • sight or hearing impairments
  • diabetes
  • brain injuries
  • neurological disorders
  • learning differences
  • cognitive dysfunctions

The AAPS Office sees a number of cases every year where members have been discriminated against by UBC due to an unseen disability. This takes the form of denial of sick leave, denial of an accommodation, a human rights violation. You can learn more about our work in the AAPS Annual Report.

We continue to support members and work to educate managers and the University about their legal duty to inquire and accommodate and access the BC Human Rights Tribunal when necessary. We encourage UBC to hire a diversity of employees.

All AAPS members have a right to work free from discrimination, and we hope in an environment that respects and values them.

If you have questions or concerns about discrimination or accommodation, please contact the AAPS Office for a confidential conversation.