- November 13, 2020
- Anoop Kalsi
- Comments Off on Actual Abilities of Witnesses Matter; Not Stereotypes
In the November 6, 2020 decision of R. v. Slatter, 2020 SCC 36 (link), the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) confirmed that it is the actual ability of witnesses to recall and recount events that matter most when assessing credibility; this is the case whether the witness has a disability or not. » Read the rest
- September 3, 2020
- Comments Off on Scholar Strike Seminars in Support of Black Lives Matter
Looking for ways to support Black Lives Matter and learn more about it?
Scholar Strike Canada has an impressive line up of digital “Teach-Ins”. You can find the schedule here (link).
- August 5, 2020
- Comments Off on The Skin We’re In
Run out of things to watch during this pandemic? Looking for something new that might challenge your perspective on race, police and the practice of carding? Check out CBC’s documentary entitled: “The Skin We’re In” (link). This documentary follows the story of Desmond Cole, a Toronto journalist who explains his experience and interactions with police over the course of his life. » Read the rest
NEADS webinar on ethno-cultural perspectives on the Convention on The Rights of Persons With Disabilities (CRPD)
- January 28, 2020
- Comments Off on NEADS webinar on ethno-cultural perspectives on the Convention on The Rights of Persons With Disabilities (CRPD)
On January 29, 2020, the National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS) is hosting a webinar on ethno-cultural perspectives on the Convention on The Rights of Persons With Disabilities (CRPD) to learn more about intersectionality and the rights of persons with disabilities in Canada, and how various organizations use human rights perspective to ensure rights, inclusion and equality of persons with disabilities. » Read the rest
- January 24, 2020
- Amanda Dimilta
- Comments Off on OAP extended as government bridges programs currently in place
Today the provincial government expanded the OAP program such that children currently accessing services may have their programs extended until the new needs-based plan comes into effect in 2021:
“If you have an existing behaviour plan, it can be extended with no gap in service up to its current level of intensity, or less where clinically appropriate, until you transition into core services in the new needs-based autism program.” » Read the rest
- September 5, 2019
- Comments Off on Petition to Reform the Assistive Devices Program
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
- August 19, 2019
- Comments Off on The Vital Importance of Accommodations: Everyone Deserves a Chance
The following are comments written by Dr. Donna Ouchterlony, M.D., who has practiced in the field of Neurorehabilitation for over 30 years, and who acted as an expert in the case described below.
I was in practice for 50 years and for most of that time I was rehabilitating people with multiple disabilities. » Read the rest
- August 15, 2019
- Anoop Kalsi
- Comments Off on Report from the CHRC: Challenges faced by persons with disabilities in employment
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).
- May 24, 2019
- Comments Off on 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). » Read the rest
- April 25, 2019
- Comments Off on The Need to move Beyond Policy Remedies
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