In Canada, there are approximately 3.8 million people living with a disability. The one in seven who identify as disabled face hurdles beyond just long-term health issues: Canadians with a disability are only half as likely to complete postsecondary education than adults without disabilities and are more likely to be unemployed or underemployed.  As a result, only ten per cent of Canadians believe people with disabilities are fully included in society.

On Sunday, June 11, those in the Ottawa region will have the opportunity to attend a festival promoting the inclusion of Canadians with disabilities. The célébration de l’inclusion de la déficience intellectuelle dans la communauté, hosted by the Coalition of Francophone Families in Ottawa, will be an afternoon of games (including bubble soccer—a hybrid soccer game that involves running, bouncing and tripping in giant inflated plastic bubbles), dancing, music and a BBQ picnic.

“We’ll also be speaking about the importance of [including] people with disabilities before and during the games, as well as after the event,” explains Serge Lavoie, a volunteer on the CFFO Social Committee.

The festival, which will be held at the Rendez-vous des aînés francophones d’Ottawa from 2 p.m. to 7 pm., has been made possible with the support of the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th.

“It helped us out with funding and exposure,” says Lavoie. “We’re also working with other partners [such as the Alliance150, the Ottawa Community Foundation, and Le Regroupement des Partenaires francophones] to make the event a success.”

Those interested in attending the célébration de l’inclusion de la déficience intellectuelle dans la communauté should RSVP to contact@cffo-ottawa.org.