Disability

The Fight for Disabled Rights Has Gone on Too Long

Leah Morrigan | Posted 10.14.2014 | Canada Impact
Leah Morrigan

Though the movement for disabled rights began in earnest in the early 1900s, it wasn't until the mid-century civil rights movement that this group made great gains. Sadly, one in five disabled people worldwide still experience difficulties, but hope reigns eternal.

The Reliable Living Centre Is Making Dreams Come True

Eva Zatrak | Posted 10.29.2014 | Canada Living
Eva Zatrak

Many Canadians are in need of mobility options. I work in the community with a lot of seniors, but it is not strictly seniors that need assistance. With many individuals struggling within their own homes, it's refreshing to see the selection and level of innovation. Such is the newly opened the ReliAble Living Centre.

Ontario Should Consult People With Disabilities Before Making Laws to Protect Them

Andrew Morrison-Gurza | Posted 09.27.2014 | Canada Politics
Andrew Morrison-Gurza

In 2005, the Province of Ontario enacted the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. The thing that is missing from the AODA (in my opinion) is the lived experience of Ontarians with disabilities.

Helping Children With Disabilities Around the World

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 02.02.2014 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

On the International Day of People with Disability, December 3, World Vision notes that an estimated 98 per cent of children with disabilities worldwide are excluded from education. Many of these children are also hidden away due to stigma and shame.

Reimagining Accessibility: Competition Results and Lessons Learned

Hon. David C. Onley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Hon. David C. Onley

The quest for a more inclusive accessibility symbol continues. The re-worked designs will be featured at next year's DEEP Conference -- which will be held in conjunction with The Accessibility Conference hosted by Guelph University -- for the delegates' input.

The Wheelchair Is Just One Small Part of the Picture: Why It's Time to Reimagine Accessibility

Hon. David C. Onley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Hon. David C. Onley

The nub of my and others' unease with the current International Symbol of Access is that it excludes over 97 per cent of people with disabilities, because it is all about wheelchairs, rather than accessibility. To those who fear that the competition I've launched is aimed at throwing the proverbial baby out with the bathwater and getting rid of the wheelchair symbol altogether: this is definitely not the case. What I'm asking is for designers to reimagine the concept of accessibility and to come up with a revised symbol or set of symbols that will be more inclusive.

Reimagining Accessibility and the Wheelchair Symbol

Hon. David C. Onley | Posted 11.27.2013 | Canada Impact
Hon. David C. Onley

In 1969, the universal symbol for accessibility -- a blue square overlaid in white with the stylized image of a figure in a wheelchair -- made its first appearance. But the symbol is still built around a stick figure -- not a person. But the most important problem with the International Symbol of Access is this: it is exclusionary. The symbol is all about the wheelchair -- even though the majority of disabilities are not mobility-related. That is why, with the enthusiastic co-operation of the Ontario College of Art and Design University, I have launched an international competition to find a contemporary symbol.

Teaching Children About the "Ability" in Disability

Lindsey Athias | Posted 08.07.2013 | Canada Impact
Lindsey Athias

In order to embrace the ways in which others are different we have to realize the ways in which we are also the same. When it comes to teaching our children about kids with disabilities, the notions of "connectedness" and "sameness" are essential and something we must foster as a society.

How Do We Teach Children About the 'Ability' in 'Disability?'

Lindsey Athias | Posted 08.06.2013 | Canada Impact
Lindsey Athias

In order to embrace the ways in which others are different we have to realize the ways in which we are also the same. When it comes to teaching our children about kids with disabilities, the notions of "connectedness" and "sameness" are essential and something we must foster as a society.

Empowering Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

Adam Moscoe | Posted 07.31.2013 | Canada Impact
Adam Moscoe

The launch of synapsABILITY -- a social venture that will evolve into a digital platform connecting individuals with disabilities and the support networks that care for them -- promises to bring the power of social media to an increasingly cash-strapped system of care.

Are You Deducting All You Can This Tax Season?

Cleo Hamel | Posted 06.05.2013 | Canada Business
Cleo Hamel

even with only one or two slips, you should still be aware of the deductions you can claim. And even if you don't claim them on your 2012 return, they could help next year. And that's what paying attention to these overlooked deductions is about: keeping a little more money in your pocket.

ChangeMaker: Don't Call Him Disabled

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 03.02.2013 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

During his 22 years at CityTV, David Onley was an anchor, producer, science and technology specialist and weatherman. He was also Canada's first senior newscaster with a visible disability. Having lived with polio and post-polio syndrome since the age of three, he has broken down many social barriers. He has worked tirelessly to improve accessibility for all.

Tis the Season to Give. Here's Why! #WhatWouldYouGive

Amber Rehman | Posted 02.26.2013 | Canada Impact
Amber Rehman

In late November TELUS asked their Facebook friends a simple question; if you could give anything to anyone, what would you give? To give is one thing, but to involve the average person and allow them to be part of the sharing is a beautiful thing.

I Still Want to Be Like Mike

Amber Rehman | Posted 01.07.2013 | Canada Living
Amber Rehman

I was in Grade five when I fell in love with basketball. Michael Jordan fuelled my over-the-top obsession with the sport. Being a kid with a disability didn't stop me from dreaming of dunking or playing one on one with Michael Jordan. Defying people's expectations has been one of my missions in life.

Google Glasses make Humans One Step Closer to Cyborgs

Jeff Fraser | Posted 10.02.2012 | Canada
Jeff Fraser

The boundary between human and machine is softening. The first cyborgs have emerged -- much sooner than scientists would have predicted 30 years ago. We used to think having a device implanted in your skull made you a cyborg and wearing a pair of digital glasses did not. But to the brain, the distinction is arbitrary. Soon we may really have to answer the question: where does "me" end, and "my machine" begin?

News Flash: People With Disabilities Have Sex

Kaleigh Trace | Posted 05.16.2012 | Canada Living
Kaleigh Trace

There is a persistent and damaging myth that people with disabilities don't have sex. It is too often believed that if you don't move your legs than you don't orgasm, or if you don't move your arms than you can't make someone else come all over you. It's all a giant lie, I swear.

Why Do We Ignore Those With Disabilities?

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 10.03.2011 | Canada
Craig and Marc Kielburger

In our work abroad, we've seen the incredible challenges that those with disabilities face in developing countries. Many children with learning and physical disabilities face corporal punishment in a school that sees kids with disabilities as people who simply don't work hard enough.