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Throne Speech Unveils New Canadian Disability Benefit

  • October 9, 2020
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While the Council of Canadians with Disabilities has praised the government’s plan for “using a disability lens when developing its national work,” others have been critical of the CDB’s ability to support Canadians with disabilities. Of particular concern for John Stapleton, an Innovation Fellow with the Metcalf Foundation is the potential for a CDB modelled after the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) to exclude a large majority of Canadians with disabilities. » Read the rest

Deaf Politician – The Gary Malkowski Story

  • October 9, 2020
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Following the release of the new book, Deaf Politician: The Gary Malkowski Story, Citizens with Disabilities – Ontario will be hosting a webinar surrounding the life and remarkable accomplishments of Gary Malkowski. The webinar will take place over Zoom on Friday, October 9th at 3 p.m. » Read the rest

David Baker Receives the 2020 Gerry Bloomfield Award

  • October 9, 2020
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Bakerlaw’s David Baker has been honored by Autism Ontario as a recipient of the 2020 Gerry Bloomfield Award for his outstanding professional contributions to the field of Autism Spectrum Disorders. David has and continues to act as an advocate for families of children on the autism spectrum on human rights matters, particularly in the areas of education and intervention. » Read the rest

Employment barriers for people with disabilities

  • September 29, 2020
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People with disabilities are experiencing difficulties finding and maintaining employment during this pandemic. While these challenges existed prior to the pandemic, jobs are more limited now and this is negatively impacting people with disabilities.

TVO’s Employable Me is a six-part documentary series that explores the growing difficulties experienced by people who have physical disabilities and/or neurological conditions from finding steady employment. » Read the rest

Get Involved: Making Positive Changes to Long-Term Care Homes

  • September 29, 2020
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Throughout this pandemic, there has been a lot of coverage on Long-Term Care Homes (LTCH), with particular focus on living conditions, death rates, and general health care of the residents.

The Seniors for Social Action (Ontario) organization has launched its new website offering information to individuals who want to be involved in making a positive change for residents in LTCHs. » Read the rest

Federal COVID-19 Supports for Canadians with Disabilities are Too Little, Too Late, Advocates Say

  • September 25, 2020
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Among those severely impacted by the pandemic, Canadians with disabilities have been the hardest-hit. CBC News has reported on recent calls by disability advocates for the federal government to better support this group, which has been struggling with new barriers created by the pandemic. » Read the rest

Highlights from the Throne

  • September 24, 2020
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As the pandemic rages on, governments across the country prepare for an impending second wave. CBC News reports on some key highlights from this week’s throne speech, which outlines federal priorities with respect to the pandemic. Among these priorities is the development of a Canadian disability benefit, which to aims to support Canadians with disabilities during the pandemic. » Read the rest

ODSP Recipients Consider MAiD

  • September 9, 2020
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The COVID-19 pandemic has affected everyone. City News Toronto has written about the impact the pandemic has had on those who receive Ontario Disability Support Payments (ODSP). The article highlights how some ODSP recipients have, or are are considering applying for medical assistance in dying (MAiD). » Read the rest

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