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May 31, 2012

Speak Out - Disability on the Move! Friday June 1st, 2012

News Release
For Immediate Release

Breaking down the barriers!!!!
Calgary, Alberta

Hundreds of people with disabilities will be breaking down the barriers this Friday, June 1st, 2012 in an event known as Speak Out: Disability on The Move.A festival of movement!

Speak Out is to proclaim June 1st, 2012 the right to move just like everybody else.
Performers with disabilities from Inside Out Theatre, Momo Dance Theatre and The OX 'I Love Calgary Tour' will challenge and amaze LRT riders on the platforms, business people on their lunch hour and at the local library. 

Dare to stare and become a part of a downtown celebration. Members of the Disability Hall celebrate the 14th annual Speak Out. We will be joined by Deputy Mayor Gael MacLeod who will share the mayor’s message declaring Speak Out Day as our time to celebrate our right to move, our right to access society, our right to have affordable, accessible and available public transportation and our full-citizenship. Greetings will also be brought by MLA Kent Hehr and guests including the Calgary Women's Centre, Push To Open Nature Society, Calgary Sexual Health Centre, Women Together Ending Poverty and the Calgary Poverty Reduction Initiative (to name a few).

Imagine a City without access. Here is what some members of the Disability Action Hall say it would be like if we lived in a city where we could not go anywhere.
“A city without access would be a city with angry and sad people.”
"It would be boring because you wouldn’t be able to do anything."
"A stumbling block."
"It wouldn’t be a city because it is not inclusive."
"A city without access is like an island, it's isolating. A city without access is a city without justice."
"A city without access is a city of poverty and isolation, a country that is divided.Can’t go no where. It would be dangerous. It would be depressing."

Who:                          Disability Action Hall 14th Annual Speak Out Festival
When:                        Friday June 1st, 10-2 pm
Where:                       4 locations and points in between.  
                                    -Downtown Calgary, 1st Street LRT - 10 am – Kickoff. 
                               (Heading off into three directions -downtown tour, McKnight & Crowfoot LRTs)
                                    -8 Street LRT NW - 11:30 am - Pride Train
                                    -Olympic Plaza 12-12:30 pm – Drumming circle and pride walk
                                   - Calgary Public Library, John Dutton Theatre - 12:30 to 2 pm                                            Celebrations
Why:                         To celebrate Disability on the Move, 14th Annual
Contact:                    Denise Young  403.542.5301
                                 Colleen Huston 403.473.3510

For more information call 403.717.7630 or 403.473.3510 and check out the website at 

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