Articles about ‘disability’

UPDATE: Jasmin Simpson Challenges Discriminatory Student Loans Programs for Students with Disabilities

  • January 15, 2020
  • Laura Lepine
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From January 14-16, 2020, Jasmin Simpson will finally get her day in court.

Jasmin, who is blind, Deaf, and has lupus, has been waiting for this for nearly two decades. She graduated from Gallaudet University with a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Social Work in 2008. » Read the rest

David Baker reviews “Mental Health Disabilities at Work: A Practical Guide for Employees, Employers and Unions”

  • December 11, 2019
  • David Baker
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Mental Health Disabilities at Work: A Practical Guide for Employees, Employers and Unions, by Dr. Mike Condra and Meryl Gary: 2019: Lancaster House

Lancaster House: $65.00

Mental health cases have suffered for years from the stigma of being treated differently from other disability based human rights cases. » Read the rest

Petition to Reform the Assistive Devices Program

  • September 5, 2019
  • BakerLaw
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The Disability Justice Network of Ontario (DJNO) has started a petition to change the current Assistive Devices Program (ADP) that makes it extremely difficult for people with disabilities to access the devices they need.

The ADP is chronically underfunded and understaffed; requiring people to wait multiple months for their devices and pay for their own repair costs, which in many cases can reach thousands of dollars. » Read the rest

Update: ODSP definition change will pose a difficulty for persons with mental health disabilities

  • August 29, 2019
  • BakerLaw
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On December 7, 2018, we posted an article related to Ontario’s recent change to the definition of disability. You can read this post here (link).

David Baker and Gail Czukar wrote an article for the Toronto star on December 17, 2018 regarding the changes in the definition of “disability” in the ODSP Act. » Read the rest

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

  • August 26, 2019
  • BakerLaw
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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). » Read the rest

Report from the CHRC: Challenges faced by persons with disabilities in employment

  • August 15, 2019
  • Anoop Kalsi
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In January 2019, the Canadian Human Rights Commission released a report regarding challenges that persons with disabilities continue to face when looking for work, when seeking workplace accommodations, and when trying to advance in their careers.

You can read this report here (link).

Mental Health Awareness

  • May 8, 2019
  • BakerLaw
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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

UN World Autism Awareness Day

  • April 2, 2019
  • BakerLaw
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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 » Read the rest

CRTC mandates standard for quality, accessibility and functionality to message relay services

  • March 14, 2019
  • Anoop Kalsi
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On December 14, 2018, the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) took steps to improve the quality and access to message relay services.

These services enable Canadians with a hearing or speech disability to make and receive telephone calls using text with the assistance of a relay operator. » Read the rest

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