The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way humans interact with one another. With an emphasis on less physical interaction and more social distancing, institutions and organizations are moving their work and meetings online. People with disabilities form about 15 percent of world population, so it is all the more important these online meetings are madeContinue reading Are Your Virtual Meetings Accessible for People with Disabilities? Start with This Checklist.
Dear Friends, Barrier Free Canada-Canada Sans Barriers would like to thank you once again for your continued support and words of encouragement for it is only with you and through you that we as an organization can continue to thrive and to encourage others to speak up, speak out, and engage each other in meaningfulContinue reading The Barrier Free Canada – Canada Sans Barriers July 2020 Newsletter – Second Quarter
The Order to delay the coming into force of a few targeted provisions of the Accessible Transportation for Persons with Disabilities Regulations has been published in Canada Gazette, Part II. The Order is available at the following link: http://canadagazette.gc.ca/rp-pr/p2/2020/2020-06-10/html/sor-dors125-eng.html.
It is our pleasure to let you know that our 2019 Annual Report to Parliament “Stand Together” is available online. Please share it all with your networks. It takes many voices to create real and lasting change. You can: Read our Annual Report online here. Download our Annual Report here. Watch the videos. On behalfContinue reading Canadian Human Rights Commission 2019 Annual Report / Rapport Annuel 2019
Even now, three months into COVID-19, the picture shocks. Five uniformed airport employees wear black helmets with dark visors that shield their eyes and blue medical masks covering their mouths. Their faces are completely hidden. The photo is from Qatar’s Hamad International Airport, where staff now wear helmets with infrared thermal imaging to take people’sContinue reading Travelling With Masks Makes Journeys More Difficult for Those With Hearing Loss
If you are interested in helping to ensure that Bill C-81 lives up to its promises and that we are true to our commitment to create an accessible Canada, then please read on! BFC-CSB needs to hear from you! We are seeking board members! Barrier-Free Canada/Canada Sans Barrieres (BFC/CSB) advocates to the Canadian Parliament toContinue reading Barrier Free Canada / Canada sans Barrieres (BFC/CSB) Seeking Directors For Its Board Deadline To Apply: July 17th 2020
The COVID-19 crisis is new. It is requiring us all to act, interact and communicate in different ways than we are used to. Social distancing is the term you hear whenever you tune into any media source. In the current context, “social distancing” is understood as being a “physical” distance from another person to helpContinue reading A True Dilemma of “Social” and “Physical” Distancing. By: Michelle Buckland, B.A.A. Passionate Learning Consultant
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted long-standing barriers preventing Canadians with communication disabilities from fully accessing the health-care system, according to advocates across the country calling for governments to address the issue. Organizations and individuals point to recent cases in which disabled patients were denied access to crucial communication supports while in hospital, leaving them unableContinue reading COVID-19: Disability and Communication. Pandemic Highlights Existing Barriers for Those With Communication Disabilities
We are living in exciting times as blind and low vision people with the vast amounts and options of assistive technology we have at our disposal. The proliferation of this technology just within the last ten years alone has simply been amazing. As a technology trainer who has been focusing specifically on the array ofContinue reading Living in Exciting Times By John Panarese, ACSP, ACiT, Director, MacForTheBlind.com
As we continue to step gingerly through these horrific times, there are so many thoughts, emotions, feelings, and uncertainties for us to deal with and each is probably as important as the other. It is not easy to navigate nor understand, but sure enough there are particular communities across our country with very deep concernsContinue reading Testing! Testing!