Statement by Minister Qualtrough on Canada’s Disability-Inclusive Approach to its COVID-19 Pandemic Response

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

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

The Barrier Free Canada – Canada Sans Barriers December, 2019 Newsletter – Fourth Quarter

You may also read this newsletter in either Microsoft Word or PDF Format if you prefer. 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 continueContinue reading The Barrier Free Canada – Canada Sans Barriers December, 2019 Newsletter – Fourth Quarter

The President’s Perspective For 2019. A Year of Revitalization. By Donna J. Jodhan

2019 was a year of revitalization for Barrier Free Canada – Canada Sans Barrieres. Our mission remained the same; to collaborate with others to ensure the safe passage of Bill C-81 and we were successful in accomplishing this. On May 1, 2019, we presented to the Senate standing committee and we were part of MinisterContinue reading The President’s Perspective For 2019. A Year of Revitalization. By Donna J. Jodhan

Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion Mandate Letter – Office of the Prime Minister

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

Moving Forward Together Speech from the Throne to Open the First Session of the Forty-Third Parliament of Canada

Honourable Senators, Members of the House of Commons, Ladies and gentlemen, It is my pleasure to address this first session of Canada’s 43rd Parliament. I would like to welcome the 98 new members of this assembly and to welcome back returning members. Your predecessors first sat in Parliament in November 1867. Canada was barely fiveContinue reading Moving Forward Together Speech from the Throne to Open the First Session of the Forty-Third Parliament of Canada

The Accessible Canada Act Represents a Shift in Mindset – From Reactive, to Proactive

By Ian Fine, Executive Director of the Canadian Human Rights Commission The past few years have seen many changes at the Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC). Under the leadership of our Chief Commissioner, Marie-Claude Landry, we have focused on putting people first by bringing changes to how we work and how we serve Canadians, withContinue reading The Accessible Canada Act Represents a Shift in Mindset – From Reactive, to Proactive

Opinion: Blocking the Disabled on the Web Means Blocking Innovation

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

No Barriers to Understanding Contributed by Debra Walker

It seems like only yesterday and not so many years ago that I met who would later become one of my best friends. It was our first time at “big” school, at the tender age of 11. I knew no one from my elementary school but GiGi became one of my closest. I remember herContinue reading No Barriers to Understanding Contributed by Debra Walker

My Role As a Professor with a Visual Impairment: A Retrospective on My Career By: Leo A. Bissonnette, Ph.D.

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.