Introducing the Annual Chris Stark Distinguished Advocacy Award 2020 Recipients: Chris Stark (Posthumously) and his Wife Marie Stark

BFC-CSB is pleased to announce the inauguration of the Annual Chris Stark Distinguished Advocacy Award! This award category recognizes individuals in our community who have demonstrated superior and outstanding advocacy over a period of ten years or more as a leader. The Chris Stark Distinguished Advocacy Award is intended to recognize an individual who hasContinue reading Introducing the Annual Chris Stark Distinguished Advocacy Award 2020 Recipients: Chris Stark (Posthumously) and his Wife Marie Stark

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

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

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

Are Your Virtual Meetings Accessible for People with Disabilities? Start with This Checklist.

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.

A True Dilemma of “Social” and “Physical” Distancing. By: Michelle Buckland, B.A.A. Passionate Learning Consultant

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

Teaching the Sighted To See Accessibility

By Aaron Di Blasi, Project Management Professional, Mind Vault Solutions, Ltd. Firstly I’d like to thank Donna for inviting me to write this article for BFC. I am both honored and grateful for the opportunity and as such I would like to offer a bit of background first in order to lay a foundation forContinue reading Teaching the Sighted To See Accessibility