The Accessible Canada Act Promises a Barrier-Free Canada for People with Disabilities. Will it Deliver?

December 3rd marks International Day of Persons with Disabilities, a day when we commit to creating a more inclusive and accessible society for people of all abilities. This year, it coincides with the conclusion of the House of Commons hearings on Bill C-81—the Accessible Canada Act. Introduced last June, this piece of legislation has been decades in the makingContinue reading The Accessible Canada Act Promises a Barrier-Free Canada for People with Disabilities. Will it Deliver?

A Historic Day for All Canadians: November 29th 2020 Blind Canadians Applaud 10th Anniversary of Donna Jodhan’s Victory in Landmark Website Access Case

Video Transcript: Video Scene 1: A Canadian Flag waving in the air. Snow-capped mountains in the background. Text Scene 1: On November 29th 2010 Video Scene 2: Canadians walking across a thoroughfare lined with Canadian flags. Text Scene 2: Persons all across Canada joined in celebrating the landmark decision in Donna Jodhan’s victory… Video SceneContinue reading A Historic Day for All Canadians: November 29th 2020 Blind Canadians Applaud 10th Anniversary of Donna Jodhan’s Victory in Landmark Website Access Case

Barrier Free Canada – Canada Sans Barriers October 2020 Newsletter – Third Quarter

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 Barrier Free Canada – Canada Sans Barriers October 2020 Newsletter – Third Quarter

People with Disabilities Last in Line. A Disability Inclusion Plan. Finally … But Will It Deliver?

October 30th is the day that people with disabilities will begin to receive a one-time payment of $600 in recognition of the significant increase in expenses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The payout comes a full 14 weeks after authorizing legislation was finally passed following much political wrangling, five months after the financial package wasContinue reading People with Disabilities Last in Line. A Disability Inclusion Plan. Finally … But Will It Deliver?

Pandemic Has Changed The Way We Shop Grocery Stores Tracking Buying Patterns to Adapt to Consumers’ Needs

It seemed like eons ago when supermarkets looked apocalyptic: empty shelves, lines snaking around the parking lot, shoppers with carts full of toilet paper and dried beans. A trip to the grocer might not be as nerve-wracking now compared to April, but things are far from being back to pre-COVID times. The grocery industry hasContinue reading Pandemic Has Changed The Way We Shop Grocery Stores Tracking Buying Patterns to Adapt to Consumers’ Needs

The Right To Accessible Information

One in five Canadians lives with one or more disabilities. Everyday these 6.2 million individuals encounter various barriers. These barriers prevent persons with disabilities from participating fully in all aspects of society. It is thus not surprising that 60 percent of complaints received by the Canadian Human Rights Commission relate to disability. High proportions ofContinue reading The Right To Accessible Information

Report: Impacts of COVID-19 on Persons with Disabilities

Report: Impacts of COVID-19 on Persons with Disabilities https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/daily-quotidien/200827/dq200827c-eng.htm Related information: https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/daily-quotidien/200827/dq200827c-info-eng.htm PDF (183 KB): https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/daily-quotidien/200827/dq200827c-eng.pdf This release is available in audio: https://www.statcan.gc.ca/eng/dai/btd/othervisuals/other018 The video “Impact of COVID-19 on Canadians living with long-term conditions and disabilities, American Sign Language https://www.statcan.gc.ca/eng/sc/video/coviD-19-sign-language is also available. Just over one-fifth of the Canadian population has one or more disabilities.Continue reading Report: Impacts of COVID-19 on Persons with Disabilities

Ontario Has No Plan for Kids with Disabilities, Critics Say

Advocacy groups in Ontario say students with disabilities will face additional obstacles returning to class following the pandemic, leaving parents unsure if their children will be fully and safely included in school reopening plans. The Ontario Autism Coalition and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance held an online town hall meeting Friday toContinue reading Ontario Has No Plan for Kids with Disabilities, Critics Say

No Accomodation Available. One Blind Man’s Account of His Experience at the COVID Assessment Centre at Toronto Western Hospital

Hello community, I am offering the story in case it can be used as evidence in anyone’s healthcare advocacy and accessibility work. Yesterday I went to the Covid Assessment Centre at Toronto Western Hospital, in the Bank of Nova Scotia Building on the corner of Dundas St., West in Bathurst Street and Toronto. I wantedContinue reading No Accomodation Available. One Blind Man’s Account of His Experience at the COVID Assessment Centre at Toronto Western Hospital

Doctors Issuing Unlawful ‘Do Not Resuscitate’ Orders For Disabled Covid Patients ‘Outrageous’

A report due to be launched this week by disability advocacy organization Inclusion London affirms the fear many disabled people have experienced throughout the pandemic over being denied life-saving treatment, should they become seriously ill with coronavirus. In the report entitled, “Abandoned, forgotten and ignored – the impact of Covid-19 on Disabled people”, several surveyContinue reading Doctors Issuing Unlawful ‘Do Not Resuscitate’ Orders For Disabled Covid Patients ‘Outrageous’