Public forum to address issues faced by people with disabilities

Building on the success of the fall public forum on citizenship, the Law Society will present a free public forum, Equal Access for People with Disabilities, on Thursday, April 26 in partnership with the BC Coalition of People with Disabilities, the Western Institute for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and the BC Paraplegic Association.

The forums, organized by the Equity and Diversity Committee chaired by Art Vertlieb, QC, are aimed at promoting the legal profession and the rule of law in the community at large.

“It’s important for the Law Society to promote a just and equitable justice system, and part of that is ensuring that everyone has access to it,” said Vertlieb. “We know that people with disabilities often encounter difficulties accessing the system. The public forum will examine some of these barriers while offering the opportunity for discussion on solutions.”

Moderated by Vancouver Sun columnist Peter McKnight, the forum will bring together a panel of legal and other experts to discuss issues faced by people with disabilities, including access to justice. Topics to be covered will include courthouse accessibility; overcoming challenges faced by people with disabilities in entering and participating in the workforce; and an examination of telephonic devices for the deaf and how these services can improve access to justice.

The forum will take place at the Law Society building, 845 Cambie Street, in Vancouver on April 26 from 5 pm to 7 pm. For more information, please contact Kuan Foo, Staff Lawyer, Policy and Legal Services, at 604 443-5727 or To register for the free forum, email by Friday, April 20.