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La ministre Qualtrough annonce la Semaine nationale de l’accessibilité, afin de promouvoir l’accessibilité partout au Canada//Minister Qualtrough introduces National AccessAbility Week to promote accessibility every day, everywhere in Canada

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En tant que ministre du Canada mandatée à titre de responsable des personnes handicapées, je crois que la force de notre pays réside dans sa diversité. Lorsque nous incluons les personnes handicapées, nous renforçons le Canada.

C’est un plaisir pour moi d’annoncer le lancement, ce printemps et pour la première fois depuis des années, d’une semaine nationale consacrée à l’inclusion et à l’accessibilité.

Du 28 mai au 3 juin 2017, la Semaine nationale de l’accessibilité sera l’occasion de célébrer, de souligner et de promouvoir l’inclusion et l’accessibilité dans nos collectivités et nos milieux de travail, partout au pays.

Nous avons fait beaucoup de progrès en ce qui concerne l’inclusion des Canadiens handicapés, mais il reste encore beaucoup à faire.

Pour créer une société réellement inclusive, nous devons changer notre façon de penser, de parler et d’agir en ce qui concerne les obstacles à la participation et l’accessibilité. Et nous devons le faire d’emblée, pas après coup. Un Canada accessible est un Canada où chacun peut participer et avoir une chance égale de réussir.

La Semaine nationale de l’accessibilité aura pour objectif de valoriser ce point de vue auprès des Canadiens. Elle permettra aussi de souligner certaines initiatives importantes que ce gouvernement et ses partenaires mettent en œuvre pour provoquer ce changement.

Joignez-vous à nous pour célébrer la Semaine nationale de l’accessibilité. Je vous encourage à organiser des événements dans vos collectivités locales et à être présents sur les médias sociaux. D’autres renseignements seront bientôt publiés sur Je vous invite également à suivre les pages Twitter (@GCAccessible) et Facebook (Canada Accessible) avec les mots-clic #CanadaAccessible et #Accessibilité pour connaître les dernières nouvelles.

Continuons ensemble à rendre le Canada accessible.

L’honorable Carla Qualtrough, ministre des Sports et des Personnes handicapées


As Canada’s Minister responsible for Persons with Disabilities, I believe that our country’s diversity is our strength—and when we include people with disabilities, we create a stronger Canada for everyone.

It is my pleasure to announce that launching this spring, for the first time in many years, an annual national week devoted to inclusion and accessibility.

From May 28 to June 3, 2017, National AccessAbility Week will celebrate, highlight and promote inclusion and accessibility in our communities and workplaces across the country.

We’ve made great strides in promoting inclusion for Canadians with disabilities, but there is still much work to do.

To create a truly inclusive society, we need to change the way we think, talk and act about barriers to participation and accessibility—and we need to do it right from the start, not as an afterthought. An inclusive Canada is one where all Canadians can participate and have an equal opportunity to succeed.

National AccessAbility Week will aim to bring this perspective to the forefront for Canadians, and highlight some of the important initiatives this government and its partners are undertaking to bring about this change.

Please join us in celebrating National AccessAbility Week.  I invite you to host events in your own local communities, and participate on social media. More information will be available in the coming weeks on, and I encourage you to follow @AccessibleGC on Twitter, Accessible Canada on Facebook and follow the hashtag #AccessibleCanada and #AccessAbility for the latest information.

Together, let’s continue working towards an Accessible Canada.

The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities

Achieving Better Return to Work Outcomes Through Improved Collaboration

The Federal Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, the Hon. Carla Qualtrough, has stressed that a major focus of the new Canadian Accessibility Act will be on increased economic participation, i.e. employment for persons with disabilities. With employment rates for persons with disabilities under 50% and approx. 1.2 million Canadians with disabilities in poverty and supported through Social Assistance, this priority is not difficult to understand.

However, for workplaces to be more open towards hiring persons with disabilities, they must as a critical first step, be willing to accommodate their own workers who acquire a mental health or physical impairment which places them at risk of losing their employment.

Effective, collaborative and workplace-based Return to Work programs, designed to accommodate injured and disabled workers, regardless of causation, will ultimately also support building a “Workplace Culture of Accommodation”, but this cannot happen without the key workplace partners being on the same team.

In order to support advancing this critical element of workplace collaboration, we brought together key leaders from the academic, employer, and union sectors, and designed a workshop which provides key knowledge, tools and practical experience which we hope will ultimately contribute towards reducing the socio-economic impact of disabling impairments on workers, employers and society through significantly improved Return to Work outcomes.

Negotiating Joint RTW DM Agreements Onsite Workshop July 2017

Online registration is available or please contact Student Services at:


May 31 Date for Certification Examinations

The date has been set for the 2017 CDMP and CRTWC professional certification examinations, which will take place in Canada, the UK, and Hong Kong.  For further details, please click on the link below, which will take you to the appropriate page:

CDMP Certification Examination

CRTWC Certification Examination

Or, please contact NIDMAR directly at:

Tel: 778-421-0821, ext. 210

NIDMAR Board Member Elected President of ISSA

Dr. Joachim Breuer, NIDMAR Board member since 2008 and a member of the Board of Governors for the Pacific Coast University for Workplace Health Sciences (PCU-WHS) since its inception, was elected President of the International Social Security Association at its meeting in Panama on November 18, 2016. More Information

Professional Designations for DM / RTW Expand Throughout Southeast Asia

During the recently concluded IFDM 2016 in Kuala Lumpur, an historic signing took place between the Social Security Organization of Malaysia, SOCSO/PERKESO, and the National Institute of Disability Management and Research (NIDMAR) which allows SOCSO, through a formal license agreement, to offer and administer the professional certification examinations for the designations of Certified Disability Management Professional (CDMP) and Certified Return to Work Coordinator (CRTWC) throughout a range of Southeast Asian nations currently not covered through individual license agreements. With these additional countries, this brings the number of countries now licensed to provide the professional CDMP and CRTWC designations to 26.  Full story

Belgium to host IFDM 2020

The National Institute for Health and Disability Insurance (INAMI-RIZIV) of the Government of Belgium will host IFDM 2020.

With IFDM 2016 having successfully concluded, and IFDM 2018 scheduled for Vancouver, the following IFDM in 2020 will move to Brussels. Mr. Francois Perl, Director General of INAMI-RIZIV, of Brussels, Belgium, was extremely pleased to announce that his organization had been accepted to be the official host for IFDM 2020.

“Maintaining a continued successful employment relationship for individuals who acquire a disabling impairment is absolutely the best outcome for the individual, from every perspective,” said Mr. Perl in making the announcement. Please find further details in the IDMSC Communiqué at the following link:  More information

Conclusion of IFDM 2016 in Kuala Lumpur – Hello Vancouver for IFDM 2018

A bulletin is attached highlighting the successful International Forum on Disability Management, IFDM 2016, that took place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, November 22-24, being the first IFDM to be hosted in that global region, and also being the largest IFDM held to date. Full story

An article along with a short video can be found on The Star Online website from Malaysia entitled: “Helping the injured and sick to return to work”

IFDM 2018 will be held in Vancouver, Canada, hosted by the Pacific Coast University for Workplace Health Sciences (PCU-WHS).
Please follow updates for IFDM 2018 at:

2016 Alf Nachemson Memorial Lecture

Wolfgang Zimmermann

The 2016 Alf Nachemson Memorial Lecture, hosted by the Institute for Work & Health (IWH), was entitled “A celebration of Wolfgang Zimmermann and the work of NIDMAR.”

The Alf Nachemson Memorial Lecture was established by the IWH in 2002 and while this event has in the past been more research focused, this year’s presentations centered on Disability Management and Return to Work, generating significant interest from a broad cross section of stakeholder groups involved in the Workplace Health sphere who attended from across Canada and from Germany.

Speakers at the event included:
– Andrew King, formerly the National Department Leader for Health, Safety and Environment, United Steelworkers of   Canada
– Dr. Joachim Breuer, Director General of the German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV) and Vice President of Europe Rehabilitation International
– The Honourable Wayne G. Wouters, PC, former Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet of the Government of Canada

We are very pleased to provide the following links to the IWH event proceedings.

IWH News Release – “NIDMAR executive director challenges workplace leaders to address marginalization of people with disabilities”: IWH News Release

IWH At Work Article – “Advocate and pioneer challenges all to erase stigma faced by workers with disabilities”: At Work

IWH website re Alf Nachemson Memorial Lecture:
Alf Nachemson Memorial Lecture

IWH video of the 2016 speakers on YouTube:
YouTube video