Our Mandate includes:
1) Promoting the Inclusion of persons with disabilities through public education and awareness;
2) Influencing change at all government levels to ensure full citizenship for all persons with disabilities; and
3) Networking with others to influence change.
COD-NL's main role is information, education and awareness. It strives to involve its members and all persons with disabilities in its objective of influencing change and policy at all levels of government.
COD-NL brings together various organizations of and for persons with disabilities. We often meet with government and other non-government agencies to address issues of mutual concern. COD-NL works with individual and representatives organizations to address policy and program issues around education, training, employment, labour market strategies, social and economic development, human rights, accessibility, accommodations, income support, home support services, etc. COD-NL also works with Federal and Provincial government departments in policy consultation and advocacy capacities.
The World Health Organization defines Disability as follows:
"Disabilities is an umbrella term, covering impairments, activity limitations, and participation restrictions. An impairment is a problem in body function or structure; an activity limitation is a difficulty encountered by an individual in executing a task or action; while a participation restriction is a problem experienced by an individual in involvement in life situations. Thus disability is a complex phenomenon, reflecting an interaction between features of a person's body and features of the society in which he or she lives."
Disabilities include those such as:
- Intellectual Disabilities
- Mental Health
- Persons with Non-visible Disabilities
- Physical Disabilities
- Sensory Disabilities
Everyone is different. This means that accommodations and supports often need to be personal. COD-NL promotes the elimination of barriers for all types of disabilities. Awareness on disability is not about an individual becoming aware of his/her impairment. It is a collective identity among the community.
Not all crosswalks and intersections have auditory signs for persons with a visual disability.
Not all television shows and movies provide closed captioning for persons with an auditory disability.
Not all buildings are wheelchair accessible.
Social stigmas for persons with disabilities still exist.
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