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The Gabriel Award Goes to the film ‘I Go Forward’, Depicting Justin Clark’s Story

The Gabriel Award, sponsored by The Catholic Academy of Communication Professionals, is awarded to films that convey “the worthiness of individuals while honoring the beauty of the human spirit.” For more information about the award, please visit their website here (link). This year, I Go Forward by David Gutnick is the recipient of this prestigious award and has been recognized in the General Excellence category. » Read the rest

Mental Health Awareness

  • May 8, 2019
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May 6th to 10th is the Canadian Mental Health Association’s (CMHA) Mental Health Awareness Week! In light of this, CMHA is asking Canadians to #GetLoud about what mental health really is. They remind us on their website linked here (link) that:

Mental health is a state of well-being, and we all have it. » Read the rest

The Need to move Beyond Policy Remedies

  • April 25, 2019
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Persons with disability often face a Catch-22 when seeking funding from government assistance programs. To be eligible for the assistance programs, the applicants must show proof of a severe limitation in functional capacity. When an applicant can demonstrate this limitation, the funding they receive is based on the degree of limitation they face. » Read the rest

UN World Autism Awareness Day

  • April 2, 2019
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April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day! In observance of this day, the United Nations is hosting a panel discussion at the UN Headquarters in New York City addressing “Assistive Technologies, Active Participation”. The discussion will be live from 10 a.m – 1 p.m. E.S.T.

The discussion will address:

  • The internet and digital communities: Leveling the playing field
  • Independent living: smart home technology and more
  • Education and employment: Communication and executive functioning
  • Telemedicine: Opening the doors to healthcare
  • The right to be heard: Political participation and advocacy

You can find the UN description of the event and the program here (link). » Read the rest

Workplace Mental Stress

  • March 19, 2019
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Work-related chronic mental stress is a diagnosed mental disorder resulting from elements and triggers, or a series of triggers, in their workplace. This is a tough issue, and many workers often struggle to find good advice.

The Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers Inc (OHCOW) has online resources available for individual who are suffering from workplace mental stress. » Read the rest

Communication Disabilities Access Canada (CDAC) is offering a free online course, by and for individuals, who have communication disabilities

  • May 10, 2018
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Communication Disabilities Access Canada (CDAC) is offering a free online course, by and for individuals, who have communication disabilities, on ways to direct people to assist them communicating in their communities.  This course is for people who:

  • have a communication disability (not caused primarily by hearing loss)
  • want a person to assist them communicating in certain situations
  • are over 16 years of age
  • communicate using unclear speech, picture, symbol, letter board or communication device

The course is also open to people who want to support an individual to take this course. » Read the rest

Laurie Beachell to serve on Canada Revenue Agency’s Disability Advisory Committee

Bakerlaw congratulates Laurie Beachell on his selection for the Canada Revenue Agency’s Disability Advisory Committee (DAC). The DAC will serve as a forum for persons with disabilities to communicate their perspectives to the Canada Revenue Agency as it works to revise the way it administers the tax measures designed to support people with disabilities. » Read the rest

Liberals to scrap policy that rejects sick, disabled immigrants

  • November 27, 2017
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“Canada is committed to ditching a policy that rejects immigrants because they’re sick or disabled and could be a drag on the health system, Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen says.

Calling it an “important and sensitive” issue, Hussen said the government will look at all options to revamp the 40-year-old policy, which bars entry to applicants when they could be costly to public health or social service systems. » Read the rest

Canadian Transportation Agency rejects Via Rail’s efforts to limit wheelchair, mobility access on trains

  • November 16, 2017
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Bakerlaw clients, Martin Anderson and Marie Murphy, continue their fight for increased capacity  for mobility aids on Via Rail trains.

The Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) is rejecting Via Rail’s efforts to limit access on its trains for passengers using wheelchairs and other mobility aids. The national rail provider has been actively resisting a previous Agency ruling dictating that all trains coast to coast must double their capacity to accommodate mobility aids and create two tie-down spots for the devices. » Read the rest

People with episodic disabilities in Canada: Who are they and what supports do they need to obtain and retain employment?

  • November 12, 2017
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The research study entitled, Episodic Disabilities in Canada – People with episodic disabilities in Canada: Who are they and what supports do they need to obtain and retain employment?,  provides important analysis and research to assist people with episodic disabilities in pursuing human rights applications.

The full paper is available here (link). » Read the rest

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