Travelling With Masks Makes Journeys More Difficult for Those With Hearing Loss

Even now, three months into COVID-19, the picture shocks. Five uniformed airport employees wear black helmets with dark visors that shield their eyes and blue medical masks covering their mouths. Their faces are completely hidden. The photo is from Qatar’s Hamad International Airport, where staff now wear helmets with infrared thermal imaging to take people’sContinue reading Travelling With Masks Makes Journeys More Difficult for Those With Hearing Loss

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

COVID-19: Disability and Communication. Pandemic Highlights Existing Barriers for Those With Communication Disabilities

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

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

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

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

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 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