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
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
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
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.
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
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
Dear Ms. Qualtrough: Thank you for agreeing to serve Canadians as Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion. On Election Day, Canadians chose to continue moving forward. From coast to coast to coast, people chose to invest in their families and communities, create good middle class jobs and fight climate change while keeping ourContinue reading Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion Mandate Letter – Office of the Prime Minister
Disabled folks like Vint Cerf and Joybubbles helped birth today’s digital world. But a lack of ADA compliance thwarts the innovators of tomorrow. Without the inspiration and innovation of two disabled individuals, the digital world likely wouldn’t be what it is today. Yet that same world so summarily excludes disabled individuals today that we’re eliminatingContinue reading Opinion: Blocking the Disabled on the Web Means Blocking Innovation
In response to a request for an article for the BFC-CSB article submissions page I am providing what is a retrospective on my 35 years at Concordia University in Montreal. I write it from the point in time where I have been retired now for seven years and have had time to look back andContinue reading My Role As a Professor with a Visual Impairment: A Retrospective on My Career By: Leo A. Bissonnette, Ph.D.
Dear Friends, Barrier Free Canada is again grateful to all of you for staying connected with us. We are very proud to have had a powerful presence in the creation of the Accessible Canada Act (ACA). This Act is a historical landmark in Canadian History and we would like to continue to work to stayContinue reading The Barrier Free Canada – Canada Sans Barriers October 2019 Newsletter