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
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!
This is probably going to be one of the most painful and saddest editorials that I will ever write and I truly hope that I would not feel the necessity to write like this ever again. For as I sit here writing this; the uncertain side of me continues to ask myself if I wouldContinue reading The Missing Piece to Our Future
As you may be aware, the Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB) conducted a survey over the period April 7 to April 14 to determine the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic was having on Canadians who are blind, deaf-blind or partially sighted. The objective of the survey was to provide recommendations to the federal, provincialContinue reading Survey Report From The Canadian Council of the Blind: The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Canadians Who Are Blind, Deaf-Blind, and Partially Sighted
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 March 2020 Newsletter – First Quarter
We are very pleased to congratulate Minister Qualtrough on the initiative to establish this very important advisory group as there are many Canadians with disabilities who are quite concerned over how their needs and requirements are going to be met. From concerns over health issues, to financial issues, to social distancing, and more. We believeContinue reading Barrier Free Canada – Canada Sans Barrières Congratulates The Government On The Formation Of An Advisory Group To Take Action On Issues Relating To Canadians With Disabilities
Statement The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, today issued the following statement: April 10, 2020 Gatineau, Quebec Employment and Social Development Canada “From the onset of the outbreak of COVID-19, the Government of Canada has taken significant steps to curb the spread of this virus and to reduce itsContinue reading Statement by Minister Qualtrough on Canada’s Disability-Inclusive Approach to its COVID-19 Pandemic Response
It may not be too early for us to start compiling some of the hard lessons that we are being forced to learn; we probably have no choice in this matter and if we have any hope of coming out of the Corona virus storm to live another day then we might as well acceptContinue reading Hard Lessons For Us All
There is no time better than now for us to do exactly this! No more excuses and no more reasons! We have no reason at all! We have no choice! And if we care only about ourselves, then it is time for us to replace this selfish and greedy attitude with one where we careContinue reading Let Us Come Together and Stand Together
I have often asked myself this question and truth be told I am not really sure. All I have are questions for today. What is the fear? Are we afraid of failure? Are we afraid that if we fail then we would be the laughing stock of others? Are we afraid of the dark? ThatContinue reading What is The Fear?