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Yukon, Canada
 
 
The Yukon Human Rights Act broadly addresses discrimination. Within this legislation the definition of physical disability includes blind, deaf or hearing impaired, and disabled persons. Specifically:
 
“physical disability” means any degree of physical disability, infirmity, malformation, or disfigurement that is caused by bodily injury, birth defect or illness and includes epilepsy, any degree of paralysis, amputation, lack of physical coordination, blindness or visual impediment, deafness or hearing impediment, muteness or speech impediment, and physical reliance on a seeing eye dog or on a wheelchair or other remedial appliance or device.
 
Their Preamble gives the intent of this legislation:
 
Recognizing that respect for human rights is a fundamental part of Canada’s heritage,
 
That Canada is a party to the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international undertakings having as their object the
improvement of human rights in Canada and other nations of the world,
 
That the Yukon Government has a responsibility to encourage an understanding and recognition of human rights that is consistent with Canada’s
international undertakings and with the initiatives taken by Canada and the provinces, and
 
That it is just and consistent with Canada’s international undertakings to recognize and make special provision for the unique needs and cultural heritage of the aboriginal peoples of the Yukon.

Furthermore:
The objects of this Act are:
(a) to further in the Yukon the public policy that every individual is free and equal in dignity and rights;
(b) to discourage and eliminate discrimination;
(c) to promote recognition of the inherent dignity and worth and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family, these being principles underlying the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other solemn undertakings, international and national, which Canada honours.
 
Yukon Human Rights Act, Part I, Bill of Rights, Definitions, Section 37.
 
Yukon Human Rights Act, Preamble.
 
Yukon Human Rights Act, Objects, Section 1

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