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- Statistics Canada disability resources
- Multilateral Framework for Labour Market Agreements for Persons with Disabilities
- House of Commons Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills Development, Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities
- International Day of Persons with Disabilities
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May 1, 2013

By Gilles:
Here's a not-so-oldie-not-so-mouldie that I just came across: it's a half-hour video that contains a plethora of statistics on Canadian social assistance caseloads and expenditures, with a special focus on financial assistance programs for people with disabilities. It's from a presentation to a Manitoba audience, but there's plenty of national information on disability.
Recommended viewing!

The Welfarization of Disability Programs (video, duration 35:16)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-rcT7c4d_M
[OR click anywhere in the screen on the right.]
By John Stapleton
Posted on March 23, 2012
On March 22, 2012, John Stapleton spoke at a workshop entitled "People with disabilities living in poverty: why are the numbers going up?" In his address, "The Welfarization of Poverty," John examines the often confusing patchwork of programs that make up the social safety net in Canada for people with disabilities.

Open Policy (John Stapleton's website)
http://openpolicyontario.com/
Social Planning Council of Winnipeg Video Channel (12 videos)
http://www.youtube.com/user/SocPlanningCouncil?feature=watch

Social Planning Council of Winnipeg
http://www.spcw.mb.ca/

The Welfarization of Disability Programs - By John Stapleton
March 22, 2012

(video, duration 35:16)

NEW

Poverty Reduction and Disability Income (PDF - 55KB, 3 pages)
http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/PDF/1110ENG.pdf
By Sherri Torjman
February 2017
Abstract:
For years, Caledon has written about the need for a reformed architecture of income security in which constituent programs are adequate in both absolute and relative terms, portable across the country and respectful of human dignity. There is currently scant financial assistance available for working poor individuals and heads of households between ages 18 and 64. Caledon has argued for increases to the Working Income Tax Benefit, which is too modest to have a real impact on poverty. Neither are Canadians in this age group well served by the disability income system. Caledon has proposed a separate income program that would be run by the federal government and would replace provincial/territorial welfare for working age persons with severe disabilities. The design of the proposed Basic Income would be modelled on the federal Guaranteed Income Supplement for low-income seniors. The new benefit would be more adequate than current welfare programs and would be indexed. As part of this income security redesign, a negotiated accord would require reinvestment of provincial/territorial savings into a coherent system of disability supports for all persons with disabilities – whether working or on some program of income support.

Source:
Caledon Institute of Social Policy

http://www.caledoninst.org/

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Disability Supports and Employment Policy
Sherri Torjman and Anne Makhoul
October 2016

Abstract:
The objective of this study, carried out in partnership with the Centre for Research on Work Disability Policy, was to explore access to disability supports and links to paid employment. For the purposes of this study, disability supports consist of two components. The first stream involves technical aids and equipment, which may be used at home, at work or in the community. They also involve work-related aids and equipment required for the performance of a job or paid employment. The second component comprises personal services, such as attendant care and home care.

Complete report (PDF - 31 pages)
http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/PDF/1105ENG.pdf

Source:
Caledon Institute of Social Policy
http://www.caledoninst.org/

From Statistics Canada:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/start-debut-eng.html

Canadian Survey on Disability, 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/160705/dq160705b-eng.htm
July 5, 2016
* Mobility disabilities among Canadians aged 15 years and older
* Flexibility disabilities among Canadians aged 15 years and older
* Dexterity disabilities among Canadians aged 15 years and older
* Pain-related disabilities among Canadians aged 15 years and older

See under "Products" at the above link for fact sheets on each of the four situations listed above.

Also from StatCan:

December 3, 2015
Study: A profile of the labour market experiences of adults with disabilities, 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/151203/dq151203a-eng.htm
In 2012, 10.1% of Canadians aged 15 to 64—2,338,200 individuals—reported a difficulty or impairment because of a long-term condition or health problem that limited their daily activities. Close to half of working-age people with disabilities are employed.

December 3
Developmental disabilities among Canadians aged 15 years and older, 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/151203/dq151203b-eng.htm
Data from the 2012 Canadian Survey on Disability revealed that about 3.8 million Canadians aged 15 years and older, or 13.7% of the population, reported having a disability and 160,500 (0.6% of Canadian adults) were identified as having a developmental disability. The most prevalent underlying developmental conditions reported on the survey were autism, cerebral palsy and Down syndrome.

December 3
Canadian Survey on Disability: Data tables, 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/151203/dq151203c-eng.htm
The Canadian Survey on Disability is a national survey of Canadians aged 15 and older whose everyday activities are limited because of a long-term condition or health-related problem. Data from the 2012 Canadian Survey on Disability on the income characteristics of Canadians with disabilities are now available in CANSIM.

December 1
2016 Census teacher's and adult education kits
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/151201/dq151201g-eng.htm
The 2016 Census "Teacher's Kit" was developed for use in elementary, intermediate and secondary classes.
The 2016 Census "Adult Education Kit" was developed for use in adult literacy and English or French second-language classes.

* Rick Hansen Foundation report : Canadians see massive gaps in accessibility for people with disabilities: http://www.rickhansen.com/Blog/ArtMID/13094/ArticleID/92/-Canadians-see-massive-gaps-in-accessibility-for-people-with-disabilities-

* Community Living Ontario : Greater accessibility and inclusion needed for people with an intellectual disability: http://eblast.gotenzing.com/t/r-9DCFF45D3519FB1C2540EF23F30FEDED

Ontario Federation of Labour Statement
http://ofl.ca/index.php/ofl-statement-international-day-persons-disabilities-december-3-2015/

Source:
Jennefer Laidley
Income security Advocacy centre

http://incomesecurity.org/

British Columbia
Removing financial barriers for persons with disabilities on assistance

https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2015SDSI0069-001847
News Release
November 5, 2015
(...)
Beginning Dec. 1, 2015, the amount of assets that people receiving disability assistance may hold without losing eligibility for assistance will rise to $100,000 for an individual with the Persons with Disabilities (PWD) designation, and $200,000 for a couple where both have PWD designation. Currently, the asset limits are $5,000 and $10,000 respectively.
And for the first time in B.C., persons with disabilities will be able to receive cash gifts with no effect on their eligibility for assistance.

Source:
Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation
https://news.gov.bc.ca/ministries/social-development-and-social-innovation



Independent Living Canada

http://www.ilcanada.ca/
Independent Living is a philosophy, a way of viewing oneself and a way of society viewing people with disabilities. It is a matter of perception. This philosophy is facilitated by Independent Living Canada and its network of member Independent Living (IL) Centres. To learn more about Independent Living Canada, the Independent Living movement, our programs, services and resources, simply navigate around the Independent Living Canada website.
- incl. links to :
* What is IL?
* Philosophy
* Centres / Core Programs
* Centres Across Canada
* Celebrating UN Day
* UN Day 2010
* About Us
* National Projects
* Library
* Contact Us
* Funders and Partners
* more...


From
Statistics Canada:

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/start-debut-eng.html

Canadian Survey on Disability, 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/150522/dq150522f-eng.htm
Data from the 2012 Canadian Survey on Disability on the income characteristics of Canadians with disabilities are now available in CANSIM.

CANSIM tables 115-0014 to 115-0023
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=115-0014..115-0023&p2=31

Related subjects:

Health : http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=2966&id=2966&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Disability : http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=2966&id=1963&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

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March 13, 2015
Canadian Survey on Disability, 2012

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/150313/dq150313b-eng.htm
In 2012, almost 14% of the Canadian population aged 15 years or older—or 3.8 million individuals—reported a difficulty or impairment due to a long-term condition or health problem that limited their daily activities.

A few salient points:
* Persons aged 15 years or older with disabilities are less likely to be university graduates.
* Almost half of working-age adults with disabilities are employed.
* The median total income of persons with disabilities $10,000 is less than the median for those without disabilities.
* Most use at least one aid or assistive device.
* Help with heavy household chores most common.
* One-fifth regularly use public transit.

Complete report

Canadian Survey on Disability, 2012:
A profile of persons with disabilities among Canadians aged 15 years or older, 2012

HTML version : http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/89-654-x/89-654-x2015001-eng.htm
PDF version (772KB, 28 pages) : http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/89-654-x/89-654-x2015001-eng.pdf

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December 18, 2014
Canadian Survey on Disability, 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/141218/dq141218g-eng.htm
Data on the labour force status of adults with disabilities, by disability type, sex and age group for Canada and the provinces and territories are now available for 2012.

Available in CANSIM table 115-0006:
http://goo.gl/liVScz

Related subjects:

Health
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=2966&id=2966&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Disability
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=2966&id=1963&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Society and community
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=75&id=75&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Equity and inclusion
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=75&id=76&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Health and disability among seniors
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/subtheme-soustheme.action?pid=70000&id=70003&lang=eng&more=0

From the
United Nations:

International Day of Persons with Disabilities, 3 December 2014
http://www.un.org/disabilities/default.asp?id=1620
Theme: Sustainable Development: The Promise of Technology
- incl. links to the following:

* Message of the Secretary-General (English) (Arab) (Chinese) (French) (Russian) (Spanish)
* Press release
*Events at UN Headquarters (Programme)
* United Nations Enable Film Festival
* How you can commemorate IDPD 2014
* Previous commemorations of IDPD

Quiz Time!
How informed are you about persons with disabilities around the world?
Take this quick quiz to test your knowledge!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/IDPD2014

Disability and the United Nations
http://www.un.org/disabilities/default.asp?id=161

Source:
United Nations
http://www.un.org/

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From
Finance Canada:

Government of Canada Marks International Day of Persons with Disabilities:
Government has introduced numerous initiatives to support persons with disabilities and their families
http://www.fin.gc.ca/n14/14-173-eng.asp
December 3, 2014 – Ottawa, Ontario – Department of Finance. Finance Minister Joe Oliver and Minister of State (Finance) Kevin Sorenson today marked the International Day of Persons with Disabilities and highlighted the Government of Canada’s significant support for Canadians with disabilities and their families.

Recently, the Government announced additional tax relief and increased benefits for all families with minor children. As part of this package of measures, the Government has proposed to increase the maximum amounts that can be claimed for the Child Care Expense Deduction. For children who are eligible for the Disability Tax Credit, this amount would increase to $11,000 from $10,000, effective for the 2015 and subsequent taxation years.

Since 2006, the Government of Canada has introduced a number of other measures to address the needs of persons with disabilities...

Source:
Finance Canada
http://www.fin.gc.ca/

NEW from
Statistics Canada:

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/start-debut-eng.html

September 9, 2014
Study: Canadians with unmet home care needs, 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140909/dq140909a-eng.htm
In 2012, 792,000 Canadians 15 years of age and older reported that their needs for care in the home for a long-term illness, aging or disability condition were only partly met or not met at all.

Report : Canadians with unmet home care needs
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/75-006-x/2014001/article/14042-eng.htm
September 2014
By Martin Turcotte

Source:
Insights on Canadian Society
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/olc-cel/olc.action?ObjId=75-006-X&ObjType=2&lang=en&limit=0

British Columbia

Where’s the fanfare for tackling poverty effectively?
Connecting the dots between three political moments over three months

http://www.straight.com/news/696061/trish-garner-wheres-fanfare-tackling-poverty-effectively
By Trish Garner
July 29, 2014
On June 16, I attended the B.C. government’s Disability Summit, the culmination of a three-month public consultation process on disability in B.C. I watched Minister of Social Development and Social Innovation Don McRae lead the audience through the event. I felt the flurry of excitement as Premier Christy Clark took to the stage to launch the government’s new action plan, Accessibility 2024 [ http://engage.gov.bc.ca/disabilitywhitepaper/accessibility-2024/ ], and then watched as she left as quickly as she had arrived. I heard business leaders talk about the benefits of meaningful inclusion. And I saw cameras and reporters focused on the front while the most important message came from protestors on the outside.
(...)
On May 6, Opposition MLA Michelle Mungall introduced a member’s bill, the Poverty Reduction and Economic Inclusion Act [ https://www.leg.bc.ca/40th2nd/1st_read/m212-1.htm ]. Since then, the premier has received hundreds of emails and letters from organizations throughout B.C. asking her to support the proposed act.

B.C. has had the highest poverty rate in Canada for the last 13 years and is now one of only two provinces without a poverty reduction plan. Bill M 212 includes government responsibility, targets and timelines, and strong accountability measures—features that are critical to the success of any plan, as the government has recognized in its disability action plan. However, a comprehensive poverty reduction plan would have much more impact and truly make B.C. the most “progressive” province in Canada with no one left behind.

[ Author Trish Garner is the community organizer for the B.C. Poverty Reduction Coalition. ]

Source:
Straight.com - Vancouver's Online Source

http://www.straight.com/

Seven reasons why disabled Canadians are losing CPP benefits
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-debate/seven-reasons-why-disabled-canadians-are-losing-cpp-benefits/article19630200/
By Michael Prince
July 16, 2014
There are serious problems at the Social Security Tribunal and the Canada Pension Plan Disability Program, especially for people trying to appeal decisions on their ineligibility for this disability pension benefit.
(...)
The seven problems are as follows:
* First, about 60 per cent of initial applications for CPP disability benefits are refused.
* Second, the rate of successful appeals against initial rulings on CPP disability benefits has been declining over the last decade, to just 43 per cent in 2013-14.
* Third, there is a “backlog” of more than 7,000 appeals on denials of CPP disability benefits to be heard by the Social Security Tribunal, a body established in 2013 to streamline the previous system.
* Fourth, working Canadians with disabilities who apply for CPP benefits have lost certain legal rights and had other rights confined.
* Fifth, in the Social Security Tribunal system, every application to the Tribunal is heard before a single member, whereas under the previous system every application for an appeal was heard by a three member panel which usually contained a medical specialist and a lawyer along with a lay person.
* Sixth, under the previous system new evidence could be introduced by a claimant at the second level of appeal, while under the Social Security Tribunal no new evidence or testimony can be presented before the Tribunal’s Appeal Division, following a decision by the Tribunal’s General Division.
* Seventh, the federal government’s stated aim is to move to more electronic technologies for handling CPP disability cases, but nothing in the legislation or the regulations for the Social Security Tribunal requires that teleconferences or videoconferences be accessible to people with a range of impairments or health conditions.

The consequences of these seven problems are extremely distressing: diminished rights of working Canadians with disabilities; compromised rules of natural justice; lost expertise in decision making and an under-resourced Tribunal.

41 comments about this article
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-debate/seven-reasons-why-disabled-canadians-are-losing-cpp-benefits/article19630200/comments/

[ Michael J. Prince is the Lansdowne Professor of Social Policy at the University of Victoria, and has written extensively on disability policy. ]

Source:
The Globe and Mail
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/

Why the outgoing chair of Public Health Ontario is fighting for national home-care standards
http://www.thestar.com/news/ken_dryden_canada_day/2014/06/30/why_this_man_is_fighting_for_national_homecare_standards.html
By Theresa Boyle
June 30, 2014
Health policy professor Terry Sullivan, outgoing chair of Public Health Ontario, seeks to reduce inequities in publicly funded home and community care across Canada.
The University of Toronto professor's vision is for a "common, federally supported guarantee" for home care and community care services.
(...)
This would help reduce disparities that see some Canadians getting more publicly funded care than others, that result in some family caregivers facing greater pressure than others, and that force some Canadians dip into their pocketbooks more than others to supplement what is publicly covered.
A national strategy would also address funding shortfalls.

Source:
The Toronto Star

http://www.thestar.com/

New from
Statistics Canada
:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/start-debut-eng.html ]

June 13, 2014
Study: Receiving care at home, 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140613/dq140613c-eng.htm
In 2012, about 2.2 million Canadians with a long-term illness, disability or aging needs had received care in their own home in the last 12 months. This represented 8% of all Canadians aged 15 years or older. A new study using data from the 2012 General Social Survey found that the proportion of Canadians receiving care was similar across the country. The only exceptions were Newfoundland and Labrador, where the proportion was higher at 9%, and Alberta, where it was lower at 5%.

This release is based on the analytical paper Receiving care at home [ http://www.statcan.gc.ca/bsolc/olc-cel/olc-cel?catno=89-652-X2014002&lang=eng ]. The report uses data from the 2012 General Social Survey on Caregiving and Care Receiving to examine Canadians who rely on care in the home, including the reason for care, the types of people providing help and the nature and intensity of care. It also looks at the satisfaction with the care received.

Related subjects:

Health
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=2966&id=2966&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Health care services
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=2966&id=2967&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Population and demography
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=3867&id=3867&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Population aging
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=3867&id=990&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Seniors
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=70000&id=70000&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Care and social support
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=70000&id=70001&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Related links:

- Go to the Health Links (Canada/International) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/health.htm

- Go to the Seniors (Social Research) Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/seniors.htm

From
Employment and Social Development Canada:

Disability
Content of this page:

* Apply for Disability Benefits
--- CPP Disability
--- Veterans Disability Pension
--- Student Loans and Grants
* Popular Pages
--- Disability Savings Plan
--- CPP Disability Benefits
--- Enabling Accessibility Fund
* Support for Individuals and Families
--- Disability Savings Plan
--- Disability Benefits
* Funding Programs and Community Initiatives
--- Enabling Accessibility
--- Funding for Social Development
--- Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities
--- Labour Market Agreements for Persons with Disabilities
* Disability Resources
--- Accessibility Resource Centre
--- Acts and Regulations
--- Consultations
--- Success Stories
* Grant and Bond Issuers

Canada Pension Plan
- includes links to the following:
* Retirement pension
* Post-retirement benefit
* Disability benefits
* Survivor benefits
* Pension sharing
* Credit splitting for divorced or separated couples

NOTE : Québec administers its own public pension plan, the Régie des rentes

Source:
Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)

From the
Caledon Institute of Social Policy
:

Disability Policy Highlights (PDF - 96K, 21 pages)
http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/PDF/1041ENG.pdf
By Sherri Torjman
April 2014
This paper is the text of a speech delivered to the Ontario Cluster of the Centre for Research on Work Disability Policy [ http://www.crwdp.ca/ ], which is housed at the Institute for Work and Health [ http://www.iwh.on.ca/ ] in Toronto.

Abstract:
http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/Detail/?ID=1041
Excerpt:
This paper presents an overview of disability policy highlights from 2006 to the present. It traces major developments in legislative, program and data/research areas, including the creation of the Registered Disability Savings Plan, Opportunities Fund, Enabling Accessibility Fund and post-secondary education grants. It also discusses the various federal-provincial/territorial labour market agreements that help enhance the employability of Canadians with disabilities.

Source:
Caledon Institute of Social Policy

http://www.caledoninst.org/

Overview of Studies Related to Persons with Disabilities, House of Commons 1981–2012
By Chantal Collin, Social Affairs Division
2 October 2012
HTML version : http://www.parl.gc.ca/Content/LOP/ResearchPublications/2012-84-e.htm
PDF version (505K, 22 pages) : http://www.parl.gc.ca/Content/LOP/ResearchPublications/2012-84-e.pdf
The House of Commons Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities, its previous Sub-committee1 on the Status of Persons with Disabilities and other predecessors have studied many aspects of disability during the past 30 years.
(...)
This paper summarizes the studies and reports of these committees.

Source:
Library of Parliament Research Publications

http://www2.parl.gc.ca/Sites/LOP/VirtualLibrary/ResearchPublications-e.asp
Parliament of Canada
http://www.parl.gc.ca/

RESEARCH TIP:
RECOMMENDED READING!
The above overview of studies is an excellent guide to the work of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities and its various sub-committees since the early 1980s. Links are provided to some (but sadly not all) of the study reports. If you find a report that doesn't have a link, just copy and paste its title (Ctrl+C --- Ctrl+V) into a Google.ca search window. You'd be surprised to learn how often you can find precious historical documents that way...

BC Disability Consultation (Winter 2013-2014)
http://engage.gov.bc.ca/disabilitywhitepaper/
A province-wide conversation on disability was initiated and hosted by the Minister of Social Development and Social Innovation through online consultation and a round of in-person community consultations around the province between late 2013 and early 2014. Once the Consultation is completed, the information gained through community consultation and the online consultation will be compiled and analyzed. A White Paper will be provided to the Minister of Social Development and Social Innovation that will be based on the consultation and recommendations to reduce barriers and increase accessibility and recommendations about addressing the challenges posed by the current fiscal environment. This White Paper will be the foundation for discussion at a Summit in early summer 2014.

Ways to Participate in the Consultation:
http://engage.gov.bc.ca/disabilitywhitepaper/ways-to-participate/
* Online Discussion Forum * In person * Submit a Story
* Host A Session * Submit Your Story * Tweet * Submit an ASL Video * Email * Mail

The consultation ended on March 11, 2014.

Disability White Paper Conversation Toolkit (PDF - 1.1MB, 10 pages)
http://engage.gov.bc.ca/disabilitywhitepaper/files/2014/01/Disability-White-Paper-Conversation-Toolkit_FinalJan3.pdf

McMaster centre to study disability and work : New research centre
on disability and work aims to repair Canada's fractured support system for disabled workers
http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2014/02/04/mcmaster_centre_to_study_disability_and_work.html
By Laurie Monsebraaten
February 4, 2014
(...)
According to a recent report by the Metcalf Foundation [ http://goo.gl/OVJKnt ], welfare has become the only support for an increasing number of disabled Canadians who no longer qualify for traditional disability benefits due to the changing nature of work and disability. A new national research centre for disability and work, launching at McMaster University (Hamilton) on Tuesday, aims to look at why this is happening and what policies and programs are needed to reverse this troubling trend.

The Centre for Research on Work Disability Policy, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council through a seven-year, $2.8-million grant, will bring together 50 academics from across the country and another 46 community partners to tackle the issue.

Source:
Toronto Star

http://www.thestar.com/

The “Welfareization” of Disability Incomes in Ontario
http://metcalffoundation.com/publications-resources/view/the-welfareization-of-disability-incomes-in-ontario-report/
By John Stapleton
2013
Canada’s disability income expenditures are rising at an unsustainable rate and the largest and fastest growing program is social assistance. Nowhere is this more evident than in Ontario where ODSP expenditures increased 44.8% between 2005 and 2010.
The “Welfareization” of Disability Incomes in Ontario: What are the factors causing this trend? by Metcalf Innovation Fellow John Stapleton, provides critical insight into the intricate drivers behind the alarming rise of disability income expenditures.

Complete report:

The “Welfareization” of Disability Incomes in Ontario
What are the factors causing this trend?
(PDF - 3MB, 38 pages)
http://metcalffoundation.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Welfareization-of-Disability-Incomes-in-Ontario.pdf
By John Stapleton
December 2013

Source:
Metcalf Foundation
http://metcalffoundation.com/
The Metcalf Foundation helps Canadians imagine and build a just, healthy, and
creative society by supporting dynamic leaders who are strengthening their communities, nurturing innovative approaches to persistent problems, and encouraging dialogue and learning to inform action.

Open Policy Ontario - Author John Stapleton's website
http://openpolicyontario.com/

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NOTE : The above paper focuses on Ontario. An earlier version of this paper (dated February 2013) covering all of Canada was published by the Council of Canadians with Disabilities under the title “What is Happening to Disability Income Systems in Canada?” :
http://www.ccdonline.ca/en/socialpolicy/poverty-citizenship/income-security-reform/disability-income-systems

Source:
Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD)

http://www.abilities.ca/
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Related link from
The Toronto Star:

Disabled in Ontario increasingly forced onto welfare:
The changing nature of work means more Ontarians who
become sick, injured or disabled are forced to rely on the Ontario Disability Support Program.
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2013/12/13/disabled_in_ontario_increasingly_forced_onto_welfare.html
December 13, 2013
By Laurie Monsebraaten
From its origins in the 1960s as the disability benefit of last resort, the Ontario Disability Support Program has become the only financial assistance available for a growing number of Ontarians, says a new report on the “welfareization” of incomes for the disabled. Due to the rise of part-time, contract and other forms of non-standard work, more and more Ontarians who become sick, injured or disabled no longer qualify for Employment Insurance sickness benefits, workers’ compensation or workplace disability benefits, says the Metcalf Foundation report being released Friday.

Of almost 740,000 Ontarians who rely on disability benefits to survive, up to 42 per cent receive Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) cheques, making it the largest of eight disability income programs available in the province, says social policy expert John Stapleton, the report’s author.

Source:
Toronto Star
http://www.thestar.com/

International Day of Persons with Disabilities, 3 December 2013
http://www.un.org/disabilities/default.asp?id=1607
Theme: “Break Barriers, Open Doors: for an inclusive society and development for all”

Click the link above for the following:
* Message from the Secretary-General of the United Nations
* Message from the President of the General Assembly
* UN Press Release
* Background information on the theme for 2013
* Events at UN Headquarters
* Events around the world
* E-support the International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Excerpt (from Background):
Around the world, persons with disabilities face physical, social, economic and attitudinal barriers that exclude them from participating fully and effectively as equal members of society. They are disproportionately represented among the world’s poorest, and lack equal access to basic resources, such as education, employment, healthcare and social and legal support systems, as well as have a higher rate of mortality. In spite of this situation, disability has remained largely invisible in the mainstream development agenda and its processes.

Source:
United Nations
http://www.un.org/

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From Finance Canada:

Harper Government Marks International Day of Persons with Disabilities
http://www.fin.gc.ca/n13/13-159-eng.asp
December 3, 2013

Since 2006, the Government of Canada has introduced a number of measures to address the needs of people with disabilities, including:

* Providing $1 billion for renovations and energy retrofits of social housing, including renovations that support people with disabilities.
* Investing $400 million over two years for the construction of new social housing for seniors, including seniors with disabilities.
* Investing an additional $75 million over two years for the construction of new social housing units for people with disabilities.
* Investing $20 million for each of two years to improve the accessibility of federally owned buildings.
* Introducing the Working Income Tax Benefit (WITB), which includes a supplement for persons with disabilities, and doubling the tax relief provided by the WITB.
* Increasing the Home Buyers’ Plan withdrawal limit and introducing the First-Time Home Buyers’ Tax Credit, which contain special provisions for persons with disabilities.
* Increasing access to post-secondary education for students with permanent disabilities, including a new Repayment Assistance Plan for Borrowers with a Permanent Disability.

Economic Action Plan 2013 [ http://www.actionplan.gc.ca/ ] continued to build on these initiatives by:

Introducing a new generation of Labour Market Agreements for Persons with Disabilities by 2014 with an investment of $222 million per year to better meet the employment needs of businesses and improve the employment prospects for persons with disabilities.
Maintaining ongoing funding of $40 million per year for the Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities starting in 2015-16, and reforming the program to provide more demand-driven training solutions for persons with disabilities and make it more responsive to labour market needs. Employers and community organizations will be involved in project design and delivery.
Extending on an ongoing basis at $15 million per year the Enabling Accessibility Fund. This Fund supports capital costs of construction and renovations to improve physical accessibility for persons with disabilities through projects with demonstrated community support, including workplace accommodation.

Source:
Finance Canada
http://www.fin.gc.ca/

New from the
Caledon Institute of Social Policy:
http://www.caledoninst.org/

Disability in December (PDF - 28K, 3 pages)
http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/PDF/1028ENG.pdf
By Sherri Torjman
December 2013

December 3 is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. There have been many noteworthy achievements in the country in such areas as transportation, communications, technology and equipment. But significant actions are still required, particularly around income security and disability supports.
The Caledon Institute has proposed a new Basic Income for persons with severe disabilities that would replace welfare with an adequate federally delivered benefit. The resulting provincial and territorial savings would be reinvested in a wide range of disability supports. These are the goods and services that enable independent living.
In the absence of major income security reform, Ottawa could still create a fund that would allocate monies to the provinces and territories to encourage investment in a comprehensive system of supports. These goods and services provide essential assistance not just to persons with disabilities but also to the entire population. They are especially crucial in light of Canada's aging population.

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Laurie Needs Affordable Housing
http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/PDF/1029ENG.pdf
Sherri Torjman and Ken Battle
December 2013

The Caledon Institute will be releasing shortly the Welfare Incomes report. Its calculations make clear that welfare incomes fall below all major comparator measures.
It is becoming increasingly difficult for welfare recipients to make ends meet. Shelter allowances, in particular, have not kept pace with market rents.
Laurie is a Calgary resident who is on the Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped program in Alberta. Her poignant story, which she sent to us, speaks powerfully to the need for affordable housing in Canada. Several policy options are proposed to enhance the ability of renters to pay for housing and to increase the availability of affordable housing.

Exploring Employment Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities:
Report of the Standing Committee on
Human Resources, Skills and Social Development
and the Status of Persons with Disabilities
Ed Komarnicki (Chair)
JUNE 2013
41st PARLIAMENT, FIRST SESSION
Posted July 12, 2013
http://goo.gl/O0NGu

Table of Contents:
http://www.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?DocId=6213884&Language=e&Mode=1&Parl=41&Ses=1&File=9
LIST OF MEMBERS
MANDATE
EXPLORING THE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES
INTRODUCTION
CHAPTER 1 — BACKGROUND
CHAPTER 2 — BARRIERS TO EMPLOYMENT
CHAPTER 3 — PROMOTING EMPLOYMENT FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES
CHAPTER 4 — LEGISLATIVE MEASURES AND POLICIES TO ACHIEVE EMPLOYMENT EQUITY
CHAPTER 5 — INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES FROM WITNESSES
CONCLUSION
LIST OF RECOMMENDATIONS
LIST OF APPENDICES
APPENDIX A: LIST OF WITNESSES
APPENDIX B: LIST OF BRIEFS
REQUEST FOR GOVERNMENT RESPONSE
DISSENTING OPINION OF THE NEW DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF CANADA
SUPPLEMENTARY OPINION OF THE LIBERAL PARTY OF CANADA

Earlier reports of this Committee and
Government Responses:

http://www.parl.gc.ca/committeebusiness/ReportsResponses.aspx?Cmte=HUMA&Language=E&Mode=1&Parl=41&Ses=1

Home page of this Committee:
http://www.parl.gc.ca/committeebusiness/CommitteeHome.aspx?Cmte=HUMA&Language=E&Mode=1&Parl=41&Ses=1

Harper Government Supports Full Potential of
Canadians with Disabilities Through Canada's Economic Action Plan

http://www.fin.gc.ca/n13/13-078-eng.asp
May 31, 2013
The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, issued the following statement recognizing Disability Awareness Week (May 26-June 1):

“Disability Awareness Week offers Canadians an important opportunity to reflect on the varied and significant contributions that Canadians with disabilities make to our country each and every day, and the importance of helping to ensure that they and their families can participate to their fullest in the promise our country has to offer."

Source:
Finance Canada
http://www.fin.gc.ca/

Comment by Gilles:
I find it curious (spelled "B-L-A-S-É") that Finance Canada waited until the end of Disability Awareness Week to issue a news release promoting Disability Awareness Week.

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Federal Government Services for People with Disabilities
http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/audiences/disabilities/

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Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
Supports for individuals and families, funding programs, disability resources and Grant and Bond Issuers

http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/disability/

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Reforming Labour Market Agreements for Persons With Disabilities
http://actionplan.gc.ca/en/initiative/reforming-labour-market-agreements-persons
From Economic Action Plan (federal budget) 2013

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- Go to the 2013 Canadian Government Budgets Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/budgets_2013.htm

Disability - UPDATED April 30, 2013
(from Human Resources and Skills Development Canada):
- includes links to the following:
* Disability Savings Plan
* Canada Pension Plan Disability Benefits
* Funding: Enabling Accessibility
* Funding: Social Development
* Accessibility Resource Centre
* Acts and Regulations
* Consultation and Engagement
* Success Stories
* Apply for Disability Benefits
* Veterans Disability Pension
* Student Loans and Grants
* Enabling Accessibility Fund
* Support for Individuals and Families
* Funding Programs and Community Initiatives
* Funding for Social Development
* Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities
* Labour Market Agreements for Persons with Disabilities
* Disability Resources

People with Disabilities
(from Service Canada)
- incl. links to the following:
* Assisted Living
* Bureau of Pensions Advocates
* Canada Pension Plan Children's Benefit
* Canada Pension Plan Disability Benefits
* Canada Pension Plan Disability Vocational Rehabilitation Program
* Canada Student Loans Program - Permanent Disability Benefit
* Child Disability Benefit (CDB)
* Clothing Allowance
* Disability Benefits
* Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program
* Federal Excise Gasoline Tax Refund Program
* Grant for Students with Permanent Disabilities
* Grant for Services and Equipment for Students with Permanent Disabilities
* Literature for the Blind
* Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities
* Registered Disability Savings Plan
* Rehabilitation Program
* Residential Rehabilitation Assistance Program - RRAP for People with Disabilities

* Child Disability Benefit
(from the
Canada Revenue Agency)

Council of Canadians with Disabilities

What is Happening to Disability Income Systems in Canada?
Insights and proposals for further research

http://www.ccdonline.ca/en/socialpolicy/poverty-citizenship/income-security-reform/disability-income-systems
February 2013
By John Stapleton, Anne Tweddle and Katie Gibson
This paper summarizes our findings on recent expenditures on persons with disabilities in Canada. I first looked at this issue when I co-authored a paper with Anne Tweddle called Navigating the Maze, where we examined spending on programs for persons with disabilities in 2005-06. Since then we have continued to monitor them.

Ontario's Disability Support Program (ODSP)

ODSP : An unsustainable program – A guest blog from Pat Capponi*
http://openpolicyontario.com/an-unsustainable-program-a-guest-blog-from-pat-capponi/
January 28, 2013
It seems simple, and I can understand the frustration as the numbers continue to rise and few people labelled mentally ill appear willing to take the steps necessary to leave the ODSP rolls. Without knowing this community, their history and their struggles, that frustration will continue. My experience is with those who are labelled seriously mentally ill, with schizophrenia, manic depression, and PTSD, as well as those with long term addictions to drugs like crack cocaine. In this group, poverty is the norm, days are spent in drop-ins or waiting in packed agencies for assistance that never seems timely or appropriate.
(...)
We have made significant strides in the Serious Mental Illness (SMI) community, with social enterprises, with leadership development, we are speaking for ourselves to government, to police,and to the Canadian Association for Mental Health (CAMH), where we are helping to educate residents and working to improve the chronic care curriculum. The only sector that stubbornly persists in excluding our voices or relegating us to advisory roles is community mental health, where power is jealously guarded and kept out of our hands. Both the Human Rights and the Mental Health Commission have related how prejudice and discrimination is firmly seated in our helpers, this must be righted.

We are the governments natural ally in this fight. We are tired of the stress of living impoverished lives, tired of being surrounded by well-meaning nay-sayers. Without substantial change in the attitudes of our helpers, without making room for us as equal participants, the numbers on ODSP will continue to rise, and much potential will never be realized.

[ * Author Pat Capponi is a member of the steering committee of the 25 in 5 Network for Poverty Reduction [ http://25in5.ca/ ], and primary facilitator with Voices from the Street [ http://www.ocab.ca/voices.htm ].

Source:
Open Policy
(John Stapleton's blog)
http://openpolicyontario.com/

- Go to the Ontario Municipal and Non-Governmental Sites (D-W) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/onbkmrk3.htm

Companies overlook qualified workers with disabilities, government task force says
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/companies-overlook-qualified-workers-with-disabilities-government-task-force-says/article7412569/
Heather Scoffield
January 16, 2013
Many companies struggling to find the right employees are overlooking a talented pool of disabled workers, a government-commissioned panel has found. The group found that there are almost 800,000 people with disabilities who are capable of working in Canada and almost half of them have post-secondary education. Previous reports have found that even the disabled who have jobs are often dramatically underemployed. (...)
The panel spoke with 70 employers and received 130 online submissions.
Source:
Globe and Mail
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/

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From Human Resources and
Skills Development Canada:
[ http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/home.shtml ]

Report released on helping Canadians with disabilities find jobs
http://news.gc.ca/web/article-eng.do?m=%2Findex&nid=715349
January 16, 2013
News Release
The Government of Canada has partnered with Canadian business leaders to identify successes and best practices in the employment of people with disabilities, as well as the barriers faced by employers in employing people with disabilities. Today, the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, and the Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, announced the release of Rethinking disAbility in the Private Sector, the report of the Panel on Labour Market Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities.

Report of the Panel on Labour
Market Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities:

Rethinking disAbility in the Private Sector
2013
HTML version:
http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/disability/consultations/rethinking_disabilities.shtml

PDF version (1.74MB, 28 pages):
http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/disability/consultations/rethinking_disabilities.pdf

Table of Contents:
* The challenge
* Executive Summary
* Employers speak
* Understanding the business case
* Making it work for you
* Concluding thoughts
* Selected resources
* Organizations consulted

Disability and the Aging Society:
Social Policy Challenges for Canada
(PDF - 132K, 14 pages)
http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/PDF/997ENG.pdf
By Sherri Torjman
Sherri presents an overview of Caledon’s past and current work on disability and aging in Canada and discusses Caledon's proposal for reforming disability income programs in Canada.

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Is Canada (still) a fiscal union? (PDF - 120K, 11 pages)
http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/PDF/998ENG.pdf
By Michael Mendelson
October 2012
If the economic commentators are to be believed there is at least one lesson from the never-ending Euro crisis: monetary union without fiscal union is unsustainable. Canada is a monetary union, but are we still a practicing fiscal union? Or has our fiscal union become so weakened that we are now more like the Euro-zone: ten more or less sovereign provinces tied together in a monetary union without effective programs to compensate adequately for fiscal imbalance between the provinces?

Source:
Caledon Institute of Social Policy
http://www.caledoninst.org/

New in November from the
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH):

Road to Recovery – Client Experiences in Supportive Housing (PDF - 240K, 14 pages)
http://goo.gl/4umKg
October 2012
In this paper we explore our clients’ attitudes towards supportive housing, and the progress and challenges they have encountered, in an effort to inform future policy development and system planning. Between March and May this year, the project working group interviewed 16 clients at 4 Toronto supportive housing sites and held focus groups with site staff. The experiences of clients transitioning from hospital to community, and the role supportive housing plays in recovery from mental illness, form the centerpiece of this paper.

Source:
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
http://www.camh.ca/
The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is Canada's largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital, as well as one of the world's leading research centres in the area of addiction and mental health.

From the Manitoba Office of the
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives:

Keeping them at bay : Practices of municipal exclusion (PDF - 920K, 36 pages)
http://goo.gl/trMM8
By Ian Skelton
September 2012 (Posted online October 26, 2012)
(...)
This study examines literature concerning municipal uses of zoning in the exclusion of particular groups. The first section focuses on zoning requiring high standards for housing in designated areas of municipalities, a practice termed exclusionary zoning, and the second on zoning in relation to community-based facilities for people with disabilities.

[Author Ian Skelton is a professor in the Department of City Planning at the University of Manitoba. He is a research associate with CCPA-Mb and a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners.]

Also by Ian Skelton in the
Manitoba CCPA Blog, PolicyFix.ca:

Keeping them at bay: Executive Summary
http://policyfix.ca/2012/10/26/keeping-them-at-bay-practices-of-municipal-exclusion/

Related link:

PolicyFix.ca:
http://policyfix.ca/
A blog for progressive Canadians by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives Manitoba Office.
(Blog entries go back to June 2011)

Source:
Manitoba Office

http://www.policyalternatives.ca/offices/manitoba
of the
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

http://www.policyalternatives.ca/

New from the
Disability Without Poverty Network:

Overdue : The Case for Increasing the
Persons with Disabilities Benefit in BC
(PDF - 776K, 19 pages)
http://www.bccpd.bc.ca/docs/overdueincreasepwd.pdf
July 2012
Key proposals:
--- Increase the PWD ("Person with disabilities") benefit to $1,200 per month
--- Index the PWD benefit
--- Establish a shelter assistance program for people with disabilities
This paper makes a strong case that these changes are needed to help ensure that PWD recipients are not living in poverty.

Source:
Disability Without Poverty Network

http://www.bccpd.bc.ca/dwpnetwork.htm
In April 2011, the BC Coalition of People With Disabilities (BCCPD) formed the Disability Without Poverty Network. In addition to the BCCPD, the Network’s members are the BC Association for Community Living (BCACL), Canadian Mental Health Association - BC and Yukon Division (CMHA), Social Planning and Research Council (SPARC) and the Community Legal Assistance Society (CLAS).
The goal of our network is to develop positive recommendations for change so that British Columbians who have a disability and who receive the Persons with Disabilities Benefit (PWD) are not living in poverty,
- includes an abstract of the above paper and related links.

Member organizations:

* BC Coalition of People With Disabilities
http://www.bccpd.bc.ca/

* BC Association for Community Living
http://www.bcacl.org/

* Canadian Mental Health Association - BC and Yukon Division
http://northwestvancouver.cmha.bc.ca/ [no YK Division website]

* Social Planning and Research Council
http://www.sparc.bc.ca/

* Community Legal Assistance Society
http://www.clasbc.net/

Federal Disability Report:
Seniors with Disabilities in Canada 2011
(PDF - 1MB, 86 pages)
http://www12.hrsdc.gc.ca/servlet/sgpp-pmps-pub?lang=eng&curjsp=p.5bd.2t.1.3ls@-eng.jsp&curactn=dwnld&pid=4723&did=1
2011
The Report has five sections that look at important aspects of the lives of seniors with disabilities.
• Section 1 defines seniors with disabilities, exploring the types and number of disabilities they have and their severity.
• Section 2 considers the health of seniors with disabilities.
• Section 3 explores care for seniors with disabilities.
• Section 4 looks at participation among seniors with disabilities, exploring aids and devices that help them, and examining employment, retirement, transportation and volunteering.
• Section 5 presents facts on the income of seniors with disabilities and explores additional expenses that they have because of their disabilities.
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Each section above concludes with a spotlight on a Government of Canada program that supports seniors with disabilities.
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* Appendix A: Federal disability spending for the 2010–2011 fiscal year; Inclusion and supports
* Appendix B: Federal disability spending for the 2010–2011 fiscal year; Income supports
* Appendix C: Federal disability spending for the 2010–2011 fiscal year; Health and well-being
* Appendix D: Federal disability spending for the 2010–2011 fiscal year; Tax measures

Source:
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/home.shtml

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Same report for 2010
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/disbkmark.htm#disability_report_2010

Disability Papers
Sherri Torjman, January 2012
These three articles are contributions to a book published by the Council of Canadians with Disabilities. It sets out 30 years of achievements since 1981, the International Year of Disabled Persons, which have contributed to increased inclusion and participation by people with disabilities. The celebration was held on November 2, 2011, with special honours for the political champions responsible for the major milestones.

The first article discusses the work of the House of Commons Committee on the Disabled and the Handicapped, which produced the Obstacles report. The second entry summarizes the conclusions of In Unison, a vision paper published in 1998 by the Federal-Provincial/Territorial Ministers Responsible for Social Services. The third article summarizes the work of the Technical Advisory Committee on Tax Measures for Persons with Disabilities that reported to the Minister of Finance and the Minister of National Revenue.

Obstacles : 1981 House of Commons Committee on the Disabled (PDF - 32K, 2 pages)
http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/PDF/970ENG.pdf
November 201

In Unison: A Canadian Approach to Disability Issues (PDF - 32K, 2 pages)
http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/PDF/971ENG.pdf

Technical Advisory Committee
http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/PDF/972ENG.pdf
November 2011

Source:
Caledon Institute of Social Policy
http://www.caledoninst.org/

December 3 is
United Nations Day of Persons with Disabilities

Celebrating Our Accomplishments on UN Day of Persons with Disabilities
http://www.abilities.ca/organizations/2011/12/01/ccd_idpd_2011_celebrating_our_accomplishments/
Press Release
December 1, 2011
On 3 December 2011, Canadians will be celebrating the United Nations’ Day of Persons with Disabilities. The history of advances in disability policy at the federal level is presented in a new book, called Celebrating Our Accomplishments (see the next link below), published last month by the Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD), a national organization of people with disabilities working for an inclusive and accessible Canada.

Celebrating Our Accomplishments
November 2011
HTML version:
http://www.ccdonline.ca/en/socialpolicy/poverty-citizenship/income-security-reform/celebrating-our-accomplishments
PDF version (2.4MB, 175 pages)
http://www.ccdonline.ca/media/socialpolicy/booklet2011/celebrating-our-accomplishments.pdf
Recommended reading!
60+ articles by researchers, advocates, non-governmental organizations and people with disabilities
Table of Contents:
*Foreword
* Inclusion (14 articles)
* Transport (2 articles)
* Access (16 articles)
* Social Policy (19 articles) - see below for selected content from this section of the book
* Human Rights (6 articles)
* International (6 articles)

Social Policy section
Selected content
:
- Special Parliamentary Committee on the Disabled and the Handicapped  (Sherri Torjman) 
- Reflections on Parliament and Disability (William R. Young)
- Taking Policy (or lack thereof) To Task (Traci Walters)
- Legislative Reforms  (Michael J. Prince)
- CPPD Reforms: An Example of Leadership Within the Civil Service (Laurie Beachell)
- The Registered Disability Savings Plan: A Building Block for Financial Security (Jack Styan)
- Supporting the Voice: The Money Trail (Laurie Beachell)
- Nearly 30 Years of Disability Statistics (Cameron Crawford)

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Other recent releases by the CCD:

Welfare? Or What?
Shifting thinking about poverty reduction and income programs

November 25, 2011
By Tyler Hnatuk, CACL
http://www.ccdonline.ca/en/socialpolicy/poverty-citizenship/income-security-reform/welfare-or-what
This speech was presented on 3 November in Ottawa, at End Exclusion 2011:
http://www.cacl.ca/action/events/end-exclusion-2011-celebration-achievements
Sharing some of the research that CCD has been doing related to poverty reduction and income programs in Canada from a disability perspective.

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Social Assistance Disability Income Expenditures:
Why Costs are Going
Up
November 17, 2011
By John Stapleton, Open Policy
http://www.ccdonline.ca/en/socialpolicy/poverty-citizenship/income-security-reform/social-assistance-disability-income-expenditures
This PowerPoint presentation was shown on November 3 at End Exclusion 2011.

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Canadians with disabilities recognize
political allies, denounce the 'welfarization' of disability benefits
November 16, 2011
http://www.ccdonline.ca/en/socialpolicy/poverty-citizenship/income-security-reform/end-exclusion-press-release-2Nov2011
OTTAWA, ON, November 2, 2011 – The leaders of more than 50 organizations representing Canadians with a range of disabilities are gathering in Ottawa to recognize politicians from across the political spectrum who have helped end the exclusion of people with disabilities from the mainstream of society. At the same time, they will hear from a former Ontario government official about the “welfare-ization” of benefits for people with disabilities, many of whom are forced to live in poverty.

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CCD Income Security Reform Archives (back to July 2009)
http://www.ccdonline.ca/en/socialpolicy/poverty-citizenship/income-security-reform/archives

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Source:
Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD)

http://www.abilities.ca/
At the Canadian Abilities Foundation, we envision an inclusive, universally accessible society, where all people belong and are valued.
[ More about CCD - http://www.abilities.ca/about/ ]

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From the
Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE):

Take action to mark the International Day for Persons with Disabilities
http://cupe.ca/disability/action-mark-international-day-persons
December 1, 2011
People with disabilities face challenges in the workplace that often go unnoticed by co-workers. Everyday tasks that many people take for granted can present great obstacles for those of us with disabilities. Worse still, people with disabilities can face discrimination and even harassment at work because of their disability. That’s why marking the International Day for Persons with Disabilities is so important. Our members who face these challenges need our support and our solidarity to ensure that employers provide the accommodations our members need to do their work. Days like this are crucial to raising awareness about this important issue.
Source:
Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)
http://cupe.ca/

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From the
Government of Canada
a.k.a. the Harper Government™:

Minister Finley recognizes International Day of Persons with Disabilities
http://news.gc.ca/web/article-eng.do?mthd=tp&crtr.page=1&nid=641259&crtr.tp1D=1
Ottawa, Ontario, December 2, 2011—The Government of Canada is helping to remove obstacles and enable people with disabilities to contribute to and participate in their communities. The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, reaffirmed this commitment today, on the occasion of International Day of Persons with Disabilities, December 3. (...)
On March 11, 2010, the Government of Canada ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, demonstrating the Government’s ongoing commitment to building an inclusive society for all. Since December 2008, the Registered Disability Savings Plan has helped people with disabilities and their families save for the future.

For more information on programs and services for people with disabilities, see:
http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/disability_issues/index.shtml

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From the
United Nations:

International Day of Persons with Disabilities
http://www.un.org/disabilities/default.asp?id=1561
3 December 2011
The annual observance of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities
on 3 December was established by the International Year for Disabled Persons (1981).
http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/enable/disiydp.htm

Theme for 2011:
“Together for a better world for all:
Including persons with disabilities in development”

- includes links to the following content:
*
Message of the Secretary-General for the Day
* Events at UN Headquarters on Friday, 2 December
* Programme for the Day (PDF version)
* Directions and access to the Event
* Interactive Panel Discussion I: Towards inclusive development: improving data and statistics on disability
* Interactive Panel Discussion II: Mainstreaming disability in the global development agenda: experience in other development issues
* United Nations Enable Film Festival
* Events around the world
* Background information on the theme for 2011
* Sub-themes for 2011
* Tell us your plans for the Day!
* Previous commemorations of the Day

Source:
United Nations Enable - Development and human rights for all

http://www.un.org/disabilities/index.asp
United Nations Enable is the official website of the Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (SCRPD) in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) at the United Nations Secretariat. The website provides public information on topics related to disability and the work of the United Nations for persons with disabilities.

From the
Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD):

Social Policy and Canadians with disabilities
14.3% of Canadians report having a disability. Canadians with disabilities are more than twice as likely to live in poverty than other Canadians. They face exclusion from quality education, from employment and from participation in their communities. CCD's Social Policy Committee provides leadership on addressing the social and economic exclusion of persons with disabilities.
- incl. links to:
* Overview * National Action Plan * Poverty * Employment * Disability Supports * Access/Inclusion * Federal Disability Act * Income * Disabling Poverty/Enabling Citizenship (CURA) * Immigration * Federal Elections * Resources * Archives

Recent Work:

November 1, 2011
Gender, Disability and Low Income
This fact sheet compares the rates at which men and women with and without disabilities experience low incomes. Read more.

November 1, 2011
Trying to ?Make the Grade?: Education, Work-Related Training
This fact sheet looks at the education, work-related training and low-income status of Canadians with and without disabilities.

November 1, 2011
From Coast to Coast: Provincial Rates of Low-Income among Canadians With and Without Disabilities
This fact sheet looks at the low income rates of people with and without disabilities in each province, and also compares the rates of low-income among people living in rural and urban communities who do and do not have disabilities.

Source:
Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD)
CCD is a national human rights organization of people with disabilities working for an inclusive and accessible Canada.
CCD's Priorities Include:
* Disability-related supports
* Poverty alleviation
* Increased employment for persons with disabilities
* Promotion of human rights
* More...

Links to other CCD issues
This is a link to the CCD website home page, where you'll find the following tabs across the top of the page:
* Human Rights * Transportation * International * Technology

Related link:

Honouring leaders who help disabled:
Poverty and isolation remains reality for too many of 14.3% of Canadians with disabilities
November 02, 2011
Two former prime ministers and many other federal politicians were scheduled to be honoured last night for making Canada a more inclusive place for people with disabilities.
“We’re looking at what we’ve achieved over the past 30 years,” said Laurie Beachell, national co-ordinator with the Council of Canadians with Disabilities. The celebration at the Delta Ottawa was to include politicians of all stripes and representatives of more than 50 disability advocacy groups. (...) But after the celebration, there is more work to be done, Beachell said. The council’s member groups are meeting today to discuss ways to reduce poverty among people with disabilities and combat the “welfare-ization” of benefits for disabled people.
Source:
Metro News - Ottawa

NEW


Recommended reading:

$25.7 Billion spent on disability in Canada poorly coordinated?

In 2008-2009, the federal and provincial-territorial
governments in Canada spent an estimated $25.7 Billion on disability benefits.

This figure includes Canada and Quebec Pension Plans disability benefits, Employment Insurance sickness benefits, veterans' disability benefits, various tax measures, provincial workers' compensation benefits and social assistance disability benefits and employment-based long-term disability plans.

At issue: Income security for persons with disabilities in Canada (Winter 2011)
A more coordinated and client-oriented approach is needed for disability benefit programs in Canada, according to a new Issue Briefing from the Institute for Work & Health. (...) “The current array of disability programs is not a system, but a disconnected array of federal, provincial and private programs, some of which pay little or no attention to helping disabled workers reintegrate into the workforce,” says John Stapleton, the lead author of the briefing.

Source:
At Work Newsletter :Winter 2011 issue (PDF- 3.7MB, 8 pages)
- includes the article highlighted above and five other articles.
[ At Work Newsletter Home Page (incl. links to all six articles in this issue of the newsletter)
Key research findings from the Institute for Work & Health, featuring evidence-based health and safety information that affects workers and informs workplace decision-makers. ]
[ At Work Past Issues ]

Source:
Institute for Work & Health
The Institute for Work & Health is an independent, not-for-profit organization. Our mission is to conduct and share research that protects and improves the health of working people and is valued by policy-makers, workers and workplaces, clinicians, and health & safety professionals.

Related links:

A patchwork quilt: Income security for Canadians with disabilities (PDF - 535K, 4 pages)
Issue Briefing
By John Stapleton and Stephanie Procyk
November 29, 2010
Source:
Institute for Work & Health

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Sickness, Disability and Work: Breaking the Barriers.
Canada: Opportunities for Collaboration
(PDF - 1MB, 84 pages)
September 2010
Source:
Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development

Income security for Canadians with disabilities
The Institute for Work & Health has released an “Issue Briefing” that summarizes key elements of seven programs that provide sickness/disability benefits in Canada.

The Issue Briefing:
A patchwork quilt: Income security for Canadians with disabilities (PDF - 535K, 4 pages)
Issue Briefing
By John Stapleton and Stephanie Procyk
November 29, 2010
The purpose of this Issue Briefing is to describe the sources of disability income security available to Canadians. We summarize seven distinct sources of disability income security benefits. In 2008-2009, these seven sources provided $25.7 billion in benefits or tax credits to people with disabilities. This amount represents an income security expenditure about twice the size of the federal Employment Insurance program in Canada.

Source:
Institute for Work & Health
The Institute for Work & Health is an independent, not-for-profit organization. Our mission is to conduct and share research that protects and improves the health of working people and is valued by policy-makers, workers and workplaces, clinicians, and health & safety professionals.

The Issue Briefing concludes by citing the recent report by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) on disability income security programs in Canada (next link below), which calls for dialogue to develop a more co-ordinated system.

Sickness, Disability and Work: Breaking the Barriers.
Canada: Opportunities for Collaboration
(PDF - 1MB, 84 pages)
September 2010
Source:
OECD

 

Navigating the Maze : Improving Coordination and Integration of Disability Income and
Employment Policies and Programs for People living with HIV/AIDS - A Discussion Paper
(PDF - 1.1MB, 97 pages)
By John Stapleton and Anne Tweddle
August 2008
NOTE:
This comprehensive discussion paper focuses on programs and supports for people living with HIV and other "episodic disabilities" - people who live with periods of good health interrupted by periods of illness or disability. The paper will also interest researchers looking for solid qualitative and quantitative data on Canadian federal and provincial/territorial programs and supports for people with disabilities in general.

NOTE: this report includes comparisons of federal and provincial/territorial employment and income support programs for people with disabilities, with a special focus on social assistance (welfare) programs, along with a summary of issues (shortcomings of the system) and disability expenditures in Canada for 2005-2006. The paper is extensively hyperlinked, with direct links to 100+ online source documents.
Source:
Canadian Working Group on HIV and Rehabilitation
The Canadian Working Group on HIV and Rehabilitation (CWGHR) is a national charitable organization working to improve the quality of life of people living with HIV/AIDS through rehabilitation research, education, and cross-sector partnerships.

Related link:

Open Policy
John Stapleton's website - includes links to his published work, articles in the media, presentations and more

Federal Government / National Links

Disability - UPDATED April 30, 2013
(from Human Resources and Skills Development Canada):
- includes links to the following:
* Disability Savings Plan
* Canada Pension Plan Disability Benefits
* Funding: Enabling Accessibility
* Funding: Social Development
* Accessibility Resource Centre
* Acts and Regulations
* Consultation and Engagement
* Success Stories
* Apply for Disability Benefits
* Veterans Disability Pension
* Student Loans and Grants
* Enabling Accessibility Fund
* Support for Individuals and Families
* Funding Programs and Community Initiatives
* Funding for Social Development
* Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities
* Labour Market Agreements for Persons with Disabilities
* Disability Resources

People with Disabilities - UPDATED April 30, 2013
(from Service Canada)
- incl. links to the following:
* Assisted Living
* Bureau of Pensions Advocates
* Canada Pension Plan Children's Benefit
* Canada Pension Plan Disability Benefits
* Canada Pension Plan Disability Vocational Rehabilitation Program
* Canada Student Loans Program - Permanent Disability Benefit
* Child Disability Benefit (CDB)
* Clothing Allowance
* Disability Benefits
* Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program
* Federal Excise Gasoline Tax Refund Program
* Grant for Students with Permanent Disabilities
* Grant for Services and Equipment for Students with Permanent Disabilities
* Literature for the Blind
* Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities
* Registered Disability Savings Plan
* Rehabilitation Program
* Residential Rehabilitation Assistance Program - RRAP for People with Disabilities

* Child Disability Benefit
(from the
Canada Revenue Agency)


2010 Federal Disability Report:
The Government of Canada's annual report on disability issues
( 104 pages)
Table of contents:
* Intro
* Standard of living
* Health
* Learning
* Employment
* Community participation
* conclusion
* glossary

* Appendices – Federal disability spending for the 2009–2010 fiscal year
A – Inclusion and support
B – Income supports
C – Learning, skills and employment
D – Health and well-being
E – Tax measures

Source:
Research and Reports – Disability
- incl. links to earlier editions of this report and its predecessor, Advancing the Inclusion of People with Disabilities, back to 2006.
[ Disability Issues ]
[ Human Resources and Skills Development Canada ]

NOTE: In case you just missed it, the above Appendices provide federal government spending on disability programs across Canada for the 2009–2010 fiscal year. In those same appendices, you'll also find links to program information for many federal programs for Canadians with disabilities.
Click the disability report PDF link above, then scroll to the appendices near the end of the report.

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Advancing the Inclusion of People with Disabilities, 2009
December 2009
Advancing the Inclusion of People with Disabilities 2009 is the seventh annual report on disability issues in Canada. This year’s report presents a portrait of Canadians with disabilities. This report provides invaluable information to support all levels of government, associations, researchers and non-governmental organizations in designing and planning services to enable people with disabilities to participate fully in society.
(Excerpt from Message from the Minister)

Complete report:
PDF version (1.2MB, 61 pages)

Table of Contents:
* Introduction
o Highlights
o A Snapshot of disability in Canada
Chapter 1: Disability supports and services
--- Aids and assistive devices
--- Home modifications
--- Caregivers and help with everyday activities
--- Transportation – local and long-distance travel
--- Access to information
Chapter 2: Education and training
--- Children aged 5 to 14
--- Youth aged 15 to 24
--- Working-age adults aged 25 to 64
Chapter 3: Employment
--- Employment rate
--- Year-round employment
--- Workplace accommodations
--- Unpaid employment / volunteering (working-age adults and seniors)
Chapter 4: Income
--- Annual salary
--- Total income
--- Main sources of personal income
Chapter 5: Health and well-being
--- Self-rated health status
--- Impact of stress
--- Physical activity
--- Income, employment and education
--- Access to health care
--- Social contacts
Appendix A – Principal [federal] disability-related benefits and programs for the 2007–08 and 2008–09 fiscal years

Source:
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Related link:

More disabled people in Canada: report
December 28, 2009
An aging population and growing awareness mean the number of people known to be living with disabilities is on the rise in Canada, says a newly released report. More people with disabilities have access to jobs and the tools and aids they need, says the study, but the wage gap between those with disabilities and those without is growing. "The challenges people with disabilities face in their day-to-day lives are numerous and often go unnoticed," Human Resources Minister Diane Finley says in the introduction to the 2009 Federal Disability Report. The 61-page national portrait of disability shows that about 4.4 million Canadians — one in seven — now has a disability, an increase from earlier this decade.
Source:
CBC



Registered Disability Savings Plan

From the Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network:

Registered Disability Savings Plan
The Registered Disability Savings Plan is a savings plan designed specifically for people with disabilities in Canada. The first of its kind in the world, this new tax-deferred savings vehicle will assist families in planning for the long - term financial security of their relatives with disabilities.
- incl. links to * What is it? * How do I qualify * Where do I get it?

[ Registered Disability Savings Plan Blog- "...everything you wanted to know about the RDSP" ]

Source:
Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network
Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN) is a non-profit organization, established in 1989 by and for families committed to future planning and securing a good life for their relative with a disability.
PLAN is the non-profit organization that proposed, researched, and campaigned for the RDSP.
PLAN created and maintains the RDSP website and the RDSP Blog.

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Registered Disability Savings Plans
Source:
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) ]

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Government launches review of the Registered Disability Savings Plan
News Release
October 21, 2011
The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, today announced the launch of the Government of Canada’s review of the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP). (...) The Government is inviting stakeholders to comment on RDSPs to ensure that the plans are meeting the needs of Canadians with severe disabilities and their families. “It is important for those who benefit from these plans to give their input, so that RDSPs continue to accurately reflect and address their true needs,” said Minister Flaherty. The RDSP is widely regarded as a major policy innovation and positive development in helping to ensure the long-term financial security of children with severe disabilities. The RDSP was introduced in Budget 2007 and became available in 2008. Budget 2008 announced that the program would be reviewed three years after plans became operational.

These consultations are open to anyone.
The closing date for submissions is December 16, 2011.
Submissions can be emailed to RDSP-REEI@fin.gc.ca

Related Document:

Ensuring the Effectiveness of Registered Disability Savings Plans

Source:
Finance Canada

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From
Al Etmanski's Series on Poverty
:

A Saharan Food Desert - John Stapleton's Poverty Fighting Research
Fifth in the Series on Poverty
February 27, 2011
You have to be rich to be poor. The poorer you are the more things cost. (...) John Stapleton has exposed this wasteland of healthy nutritious food in a recent study: The Poor Still Pay More: Challenges Low Income Families Face in Consuming a Nutritious Diet. (...)
The Poor Still Pay More outlines three challenges faced by low income households in Ontario:
1.
Low Income Households Cannot Afford a Healthy Diet.
2.
Low Income Households are not Consuming a Healthy Diet.
3.
Low Income households have greater difficulty accessing a healthy diet.
The report recommends:
*
A new housing benefit geared to income and rental costs to free up constrained finances to purchase food.
* Improved incentives for retailers and community groups to increase accessibility by low income communities to lower priced and healthier food options, particularly in urban “food deserts”
* Lower dairy prices through the eventual elimination of the higher price influence of dairy marketing boards

By Al Etmanski:

"John Stapleton provides an antidote to those of us who associate research with statistics or boring lectures on chi-squares. His work is testimony to the role research can play in advocacy. He has been applying the best of social science to the intractable problem of poverty for over four decades, first as a public servant and now through his company, Open Policy. He was an invaluable ally in our Registered Disability Savings Plan campaign and for recognizing its poverty fighting potential. Check out his others research efforts and commentaries."

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The other four reports in the Poverty Series:
[Click the link above to access these resources]
* Fighting The Crime of Poverty: The Life Work of Dr. Fred MacKinnon
* Eliminating Poverty: Senator Hugh Segal and Finance Minister Flaherty
* A Canadian Town Where No One Was Poor
(Dr. Evelyn Forget revisits the Dauphin Manitoba guaranteed annual income experiment of the mid-1970s)
* Canadians With Severe Disabilities - A Basic Income Plan
(Caledon Institute)

Source:
Al Etmanski.com
Al Etmanski is Co-Founder of Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN)

Related links:

Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN)
Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN) is a family-led organization founded to secure the future for people with disabilities. PLAN began in 1989 when a small group of parents gathered to consider how they could best support their son or daughter with a disability. These courageous parents acknowledged that one day they would need to pass on the responsibility for the care of their son or daughter to someone else. The question was, "Who?"

PLAN Registered Disability Savings Plan
The Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) is a Canada-wide registered matched savings plan specific for people with disabilities. Here are some basics:
* For every $1 put in an RDSP account, the federal government can (if your family income is below $81,941) match with up to $3!
This is the Canada Disability Savings Grant.
* For people living on a low-income (less than $23,855), the federal government will put in $1000 each year for 20 years!
This is the Canada Disability Savings Bond.
* For people living on an income between $23,855 and $40,970, they can still receive a partial bond.
Anyone can contribute to an RDSP- family, friends, neighbours… it gives people who want to help a way to do so

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National Disability Savings advertising campaign launched July 6, 2009
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada has launched a new advertising campaign about the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP), Canada Disability Savings Grant and Canada Disability Savings Bond, which help Canadians with disabilities and their families save for the future. The campaign consists of two short radio spots (click the above link to access the transcripts and the MP3 audio files) and a one-page poster (see below) referring people to the Disability Savings website.

The Poster:
Helping people with disabilities save for the future
HTML version
PDF version
(651K, 1 page)
July 2009
Complete text:
"The Government of Canada has now made available the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) to help people with disabilities, under 60 years of age, who are eligible for the Disability Tax Credit. A matching Canada Disability Savings Grant of up to $3,500 per year will be paid on eligible contributions made to an RDSP. The Government of Canada will also contribute a Canada Disability Savings Bond of up to $1,000 per year to the RDSPs of eligible low-and modest-income Canadians, even if no contribution is made.
For more information on eligibility:
Go to Disability Savings:
www.disabilitysavings.gc.ca
Or call 1 800 O-Canada (1-800-622-6232)
TTY users may call 1-800-926-9105."

Source:
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
(HRSDC)

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From the Department of Finance Canada:

Government Welcomes National Availability of Registered Disability Savings Plans
and Extends Deadline for Establishing a Plan and Applying for the 2008 Grant and Bond

December 23, 2008
At an event celebrating the national availability of Registered Disability Savings Plans (RDSPs), the Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, and the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, today announced that the deadline for opening an RDSP, making contributions and applying for the matching Grant and the income-tested Bond for the 2008 contribution year has been extended to March 2, 2009 from December 31, 2008. The 2009 RDSP contribution year will begin March 3, 2009.

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Canada's New Government Receives Recommendations
on Savings Measures to Help Children With Severe Disabilities
News Release
December 12, 2006
"(..) Government must better enable parents to set aside funds today to financially support a child with a severe disability, when they are no longer able to provide support."

Complete report:

A New Beginning -
The Report of the Minister of Finance's Expert Panel on Financial Security for Children with Severe Disabilities
December 2006
HTML version
PDF version
(325K, 82 pages)
Table of Contents:
Acknowledgements * Introduction * The Mandate of the Panel * The Composition of the Panel * The Constitutional Constraints * The Fiscal Policy Framework * Plan Concepts * Plan Definitions and Details * Federal-Provincial Issues * Costing the Plan * Future Directions * Recommendations * Appendices (incl. the July 31/06 news release announcing the appointment of a "Panel to Help Children with Severe Disabilities" and the Terms of Reference for the Panel)

Related Link:

Report recommends tax break for parents of disabled children
December 13, 2006
Parents of severely disabled children should be able to set aside up to $200,000 tax free for their care, in the same manner that parents can now create savings plans for the higher education of their children, a panel set up by the federal Finance Minister to investigate the issue has concluded. In a report presented yesterday to Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, the group also calls on Ottawa to provide parents of children with severe disabilities with cash grants of at least $1,000 annually over 20 years, and to double those payments to low-income families.
Source:
The Globe and Mail
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Related links:

Slow start for disabled accounts
Only one bank to offer registered disability savings plans within contribution deadline
December 20, 2008
For people with severe, long-term disabilities, there are only a few more banking days left in 2008 to take advantage of up to $4,500 in first-year grants and bonds under the federal government's new registered disability savings plan.Only one chartered bank – the Bank of Montreal – has announced it will open qualified RDSP accounts. But that starts on Monday, barely in time for people to meet the Dec. 31 contribution deadline.
Source:
Toronto Star

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From Human Resources and Skills Development Canada:

Registered Disability Savings Plan
- incl. links to info about the Canada Disability Savings Grant, the Canada Disability Savings Bond and the RDSP
- also includes a link to Budget 2007 (Oct. 30/07) when the RDSP was first announced, and more...

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Ontario Supports Registered Disability Savings Plans
McGuinty Government Helps Families Save For Children With Disabilities

November 30, 2008
News Release
Ontario is making it possible for social assistance recipients to take advantage of Registered Disability Savings Plans (RDSPs). Like the Registered Education Savings Plan, RDSPs allow family members and loved ones to save money tax free until withdrawal. The program helps people plan for the future needs of children and adults with disabilities. Changes to Ontario’s social assistance rules will make sure that both RDSP assets and withdrawals are fully exempt.
This means:
* RDSP contributions do not impact eligibility for social assistance
* People on social assistance can take money out of an RDSP without affecting their social assistance payments. To further help social assistance recipients with disabilities save for their future, Ontario is also increasing the amount they can receive as a gift or payment from a trust from $5,000 to $6,000 a year.
Source:
Ontario Community and Social Services



Statistics Canada

All StatCan Disability Resources
- includes links to the latest news releases in The Daily, data tables, publications, analytical studies, definitions, data sources and methods

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Selected links:

December 3, 2013
Canadian Survey on Disability, 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/131203/dq131203a-eng.htm
In 2012, about 3.8 million people, or 13.7% of Canadians aged 15 and older, reported being limited in their daily activities because of a disability. The results come from the 2012 Canadian Survey on Disability (CSD), which is being released today to coincide with the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

Related subjects:

Health
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=2966&id=2966&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Disability
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=2966&id=1963&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Society and community
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=75&id=75&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Equity and inclusion
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=75&id=76&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

January 29, 2010
Participation and Activity Limitation Survey 2006: Tables (part VI)
(From Statistics Canada)
The Participation and Activity Limitation Survey (PALS) is Canada's national survey that gathers information about adults and children whose daily activities are limited by a physical, mental, or other health-related condition or problem.
This report presents a series of tables concerning help with everyday activities as well as unmet needs and help providers.
- includes tables with statistics on the number of people with disabilities who (*) need help with everyday activities in 2001 and 2006, organized by sex, by age groups, by type of disability, by province, by severity and by activity type; also includes a table showing the r
easons specified by respondents regarding unmet needs with everyday activities in Canada in 2006 and a table with stats on main help providers, Canada in 2006.

< *Begin grammar lament. >
The actual heading on each of the StatCan tables is "Adults with disabilities that need help..." but I can't paste that on my page in all good conscience.
It's bad English. StatCan needs a copy editor to tell them that "who" should always be used in the case of a person, and "that" in the case of a thing.
< End grammar lament.>

[ Earlier tables from the 2006
Participation and Activity Limitation Survey
]


Canada Pension Plan Disability Benefits - historical resources
May 2002
-
annotated links to selected web sites having information on CPP Disability and other related income security programs.
- incl. * studies on CPP prior to 2002 * Studies on CPP and Related Income Security Programs by Research Institutes * Government Studies on CPP and Related Income Security Programs * Quebec Pension Plan (QPP) * Facts and Figures * Applying for the CPP Disability Benefit * The CPP Disability Benefit Appeals Process * Disability Tax Credit * Other Groups, Organizations
NOTE: even though the content and links on the linked page are five years old in 2007, very few of the links are broken, and you may find a few historical gems here...
Source:
Parliamentary Research Branch
[ Parliament of Canada
]


A Golden Oldie from 1980:

Obstacles : Special Committee on the Disabled and the Handicapped (3.9MB, 92 pages)
First Session, Thirty-Second Parliament
This report contains information on the obstacles encountered by people with disabilities and recommendations to overcome those obstacles in 1980.



Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Canada since 1900

- links to info about key court cases and laws that have shaped human rights in Canada since 1900
Source:
Human rights in 20th Century Canada - A Historical Perspective
[ Justice Canada ]

Good news budget? (federal budget 2007)
March 17, 2007
Helen Henderson
There could be some good news in Monday's federal budget for people with disabilities and their families. Finance Minister Jim Flaherty is expected to announce a registered disability savings plan that would help parents set aside money to provide a future for their children. Last year, Flaherty set up a panel of experts to look into the matter. If he follows their recommendations, the plan would work very much like a registered education savings plan and be available to people who qualify for the current disability tax credit.
Source:
The Toronto Star

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Canada’s New Government Introduces Draft Legislative
Proposals to Implement the Registered Disability Savings Plan

October 2, 2007
The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, and the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, today released draft legislative proposals to implement the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) announced in Budget 2007.
(...)
RDSPs are being introduced in response to the recommendations of the Minister of Finance’s Expert Panel on Financial Security for Children with Severe Disabilities, which tabled its report in December 2006.
(...)
Under the new measure, individuals who qualify for the disability tax credit, or their parents or other legal guardian, will be able to establish an RDSP. RDSPs will be eligible to receive payments of the new Canada Disability Savings Grants (CDSGs) and, for low- and modest-income beneficiaries, Canada Disability Savings Bonds (CDSBs).
(...)
Interested parties are invited to provide comments in writing on the draft legislative proposals. Comments can be sent jointly to the Tax Policy Branch, Department of Finance and the Office of Disability Issues, Human Resources and Social Development Canada at 140 O’Connor Street, Ottawa, ON, K1A 0G5 on or before October 23, 2007. Following this consultation period, the Government intends to introduce legislation, including regulations under the Canada Disability Savings Act, to implement the program as quickly as possible.

Related Document:

Legislative Proposals, Explanatory Notes and
Overview Relating to Registered Disability Savings Plans

Source:
Department of Finance Canada


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Human Resources and Social Development Canada Public Consultations Website
"
Human Resources and Social Development Canada (HRSDC) is committed to consulting with Canadians on the issues that affect their daily lives. Through consultations, the department gains a greater understanding of the perspectives of a wide range of citizens, stakeholders and experts and therefore develops better, more informed and more effective policies and programs for Canadians.
Your opinion matters (bolding added). We invite you to visit this site regularly to learn more about our consultation activities and how you can get involved."

Source:
Human Resources and Social Development Canada (HRSDC)

Related Links:

For a list of consultations currently underway in other federal departments, please visit the
Government of Canada’s Consulting with Canadians website
* Consultations in progress

<begin rant>

HEY, HRSDC - QUIT DELETING CONTENT FROM YOUR SITE!
If my opinion matters, as per the intro to your consultations website, at least you could have the decency to leave links to completed consultations on your website.
In the summer of 2005, Social Development Canada (as HRSDC was known at that time) launched a public consultations website [ http://sdc-dsc.dialoguecircles.com/ ].
During the course of that summer and fall, SDC also launched three separate consultations (see below) - for persons with disabilities, seniors and caregivers.
All three consultations have vanished from the HRSDC website. You can't even find them using the HRSDC site search.
I understand that (a) the consultation period is long past, (b) that Steve Harper's Tories (Canada's Old New Government) took over the reins of power early in 2006, and (c) that new governments like to build new websites.
Oh wait - never mind.
That explains it : New Government, new website, dump the old stuff, eh...

Internet Archive to the rescue!
Click the link in the previous line, then copy and paste this URL [ http://sdc-dsc.dialoguecircles.com ] into the box called "The Wayback Machine" in the centre of the page.
The results page is a collection of a dozen links to snapshots of the complete SDC consultations website; the latest link (Feb. 2007) appears below.

Here's a link to the (HR)SDC Public Consultation site
as it existed in February of 2007

Click the link above; on the next page that appears, click the links in left-hand margin of the page to go to the main consultation page for any one of the three missing consultations.

HINT: the "Resource Area" for each consultation contains links to some excellent related online resources, including: General Documents - Outcome Documents from Roundtables - Information on Government of Canada Programs - Government of Canada Publications - Government of Canada Seniors-Related Web Sites

Persons with Disabilities Consultation Internet Archive version (02/07)
"In a world of 'full participation', persons with disabilities would have equal access to the physical environments in which we work, live and play. Media and information would be equally available to those with sight, hearing, dexterity or mental disabilities..."

Resource Area - Internet Archive version (02/07)

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Seniors Consultation - Internet Archive version (02/07)
While Canadian seniors today enjoy more supports and services than ever before, many still face important challenges in areas such as health, financial security, public safety, housing, and social participation. Not surprisingly, the thought of living as a senior holds promise for some, and uncertainty for others. (...)

Resource Area - Internet Archive version (02/07)

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Caregivers Consultation - Internet Archive version (02/07)
Across the country, Canadians are caring for members of their families, their neighbours and their friends. Each caregiving situation is unique, and each caregiving relationship is different.

Resource Area - Internet Archive version (02/07)

</end rant>

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Minister of Finance Releases Draft Legislative Proposals Implementing Remaining Budget 2005 Income Tax Measures
August 15, 2005
"Minister of Finance Ralph Goodale today released a package of draft amendments to the Income Tax Act to implement measures originally proposed in Budget 2005.
These measures include:
* Introducing a new tax credit for adoption expenses such as adoption agency and legal fees.
* Improving the disability tax credit and making it more widely available.
* Further changes to improve the tax treatment of persons with disabilities and those who care for them, for example, by doubling the amount of disability-related and medical expenses that can be claimed by a caregiver, and expanding the list of expenses eligible for the medical expense tax credit and the disability supports deduction.
* Helping agricultural cooperative corporations through a new tax deferral in respect of certain patronage dividends."

Related Documents:
* Legislative Proposals Relating to Certain Income Tax Measures Announced in Budget 2005
* Explanatory Notes to Legislative Proposals Relating to Certain Income Tax Measures Announced in Budget 2005

Source:
Department of Finance Canada

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The Multilateral Framework for Labour Market Agreements for Persons with Disabilities
"On December 5, 2003, Ministers Responsible for Social Services [exceptions noted for Quebec and the territories] approved the Multilateral Framework for Labour Market Agreements for Persons with Disabilities, which replaces the Employability Assistance for People with Disabilities initiative. [On the same date,] Ministers also approved the companion Framework for Demonstration or Bilateral Evaluations.
[Excerpt from the Introduction ]
The Multilateral Framework came into effect on April 1, 2004.
- incl. links to : Background - Principles - Goal and Objectives - Priority Areas - Annual Plan - Funding Arrangements - Base Funding - Accountability - Evaluation - Bilateral Agreements - Future Commitments
Source:
Human Resources and Social Development Canada (HRSDC)

Canada's New Government Announces
$223 Million for Agreements to Assist People With Disabilities

News Release
BURNABY, BC
Feb. 16, 2007 - The Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, today announced an investment of $223 million to help Canadians with disabilities develop skills and secure meaningful, long-term employment. (...) Through the Labour Market Agreements for Persons with Disabilities, the federal government works with provinces to put in place programs to assist people with disabilities to overcome barriers and become active in the labour force. Today's announcement extends those agreements to March 31, 2008.
Source:
CCNMatthews ("News Distribution Experts")

Framework for Demonstration or Bilateral Evaluations
"...to guide joint evaluation undertakings, as well as jurisdictional evaluations where appropriate"

Source:
Benefits and Services for Persons with Disabilities
[NOTE: you'll find info concerning the Employability Assistance for People with Disabilities initiative on this page]
[ Social Union website ]

See also:

Employability Assistance for People with Disabilities (EAPD)
Source:
Benefits and Services for Persons with Disabilities
[Social Union website]

Federal-Provincial Agreements - news releases:

Canada and New Brunswick sign agreement to assist people with disabilities
SDC News Release
May 21, 2004

Canada and Saskatchewan sign agreement to assist people with disabilities
SDC News Release
May 20, 2004

Related Link:

From Saskatchewan Community Resources:

Multilateral Framework for Labour Market Agreements for Persons with Disabilities
Saskatchewan Baseline Report 2004-2005
(PDF file - 153K, 14 pages)
(PDF file dated November 2004)
"The Saskatchewan Baseline Report 2004-05 is a forward-looking report that describes programs and services that help improve the employment situation of persons with disabilities in Saskatchewan. Four provincial departments (Community Resources, Health, Learning and Government Relations) deliver the programs and services described in the report, which are cost shared with the federal government."

Canada and Alberta sign an agreement to assist people with disabilities
SDC News Release
May 19, 2004

Canada and British Columbia sign an agreement to assist people with disabilities
SDC News Release
May 17, 2004

Canada and Ontario sign agreement to assist people with disabilities
SDC News Release
May 3, 2004

Canada and Prince Edward Island sign agreement to assist people with disabilities
SDC News Release
April 7, 2004

Canada and Nova Scotia sign agreement to assist people with disabilities
SDC News Release
April 5, 2004

Related Links:

Government of Canada Disability Agenda
[ Office for Disability Issues ]
[ Social Development Canada (SDC) ]
- More Persons with Disabilities Links from SDC
Inclusion of Persons With Disabilities
===> scroll down to "Better Workplace Integration" for info on the multilateral framework
(from the 2004 Federal Budget Plan)


Technical Advisory Committee on Tax Measures for Persons with Disabilities
"The Technical Advisory Committee on Tax Measures for Persons with Disabilities was appointed in April 2003 by John Manley (Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance) and Elinor Caplan (Minister of National Revenue) to address issues related to tax measures benefiting persons with disabilities.

Interim Reporting Letter (PDF file - 79K, 5 pages)
"On December 22, 2003, the Co-Chairs of the Technical Advisory Committee on Tax Measures for Persons with Disabilities sent an interim reporting letter to the Ministers of Finance and National Revenue regarding the status of the Committee's work and the direction of its current deliberations."


From the Canada Revenue Agency:

People with disabilities
"...easy access to publications and forms dealing with tax credits, benefits, and services for people with disabilities"
Disability Amount - Fact Sheet
July 2003

Information Concerning People with Disabilities
Includes links to : Expanded criteria for the disability tax credit - Information concerning people with disabilities [read this one first] - Medical expense and disability tax credits and attendant care expense deduction - Forms (Disability tax credit certificate, Attendant care expenses, Application for refund of federal excise tax on gasoline)
Source : Canada Revenue Agency

Child Disability Benefit Comes Into Effect July 2003
July 17, 2003
"The Canada Customs and Revenue Agency announced today the implementation of the new Child Disability Benefit (CDB) for children who have a severe and prolonged impairment. The first payment of the CDB supplement will be issued with the March 2004 Canada Child Tax Benefit (CCTB) payment and will include a retroactive amount from July 2003 to March 2004 inclusively."

Child Disability Benefit - Fact Sheet
July 18, 2003


Benefits and Services for Persons with Disabilities (from the Social Union Website)
"In June 1996, persons with disabilities were identified as a priority area of joint social policy reform at the First Ministers' meeting. The Working Group on Benefits and Services for Persons with Disabilities was subsequently established with four primary areas of focus: reform of Vocational Rehabilitation for Disabled Persons, harmonization of benefits and services, development of a vision/framework for reform, and analytical research."
- includes a description of what governments have been doing in each of the four areas, plus links to relevant reports

News Releases and Papers - scroll down this page to access news releases and a collection of papers back to 1998 on the subject of benefits and services for persons with disabilities
Some recent reports:
Advancing the Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities - A Government of Canada Report - December 2002
Employability Assistance for Persons with Disabilities - National Report 1999-2000, 200-2001 - May 2002
In Unison 2000: Persons with Disabilities in Canada - March 2001

In Unison: A Canadian Approach to Disability Issues (1998)


House of Commons Standing Committee on
Human Resources, Skills Development, Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities (HUMA)

(formerly the Standing Committee on Human Resources Development and the Status of Persons With Disabilities)
[NOTE: you have to click "Next" in the top-right or bottom-left corner of each page to read the reports below]

Government of Canada Response to "Accessibility for All":
Eighth Report of the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills Development, Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities
- October 2005
HTML version
PDF version - 217 kb, 32 pages

Table of Contents:
1. Overview
2. Background
3. Summary of recommendations
4. Synopsis of Government response
5. Leadership and instruments: the foundations of accessibility
6. Access to services
7. Access to programs
8. Government as a model of accessibility
9. The way forward
10. Steadfast commitment
11. Detailed responses to the recommendations
12. Conclusion
13. Appendix 1: List of Recommendations from Accessibility for All

Source:
Social Development Canada

Related Links:

Accessibility for All:
Report of the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills Development,
Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities
Raymonde Folco, M.P., Chair
Subcommittee on the Status of Persons with Disabilities
Ken Boshcoff, M.P., Chair
June 2005
Table of Contents:
1. Follow-up on Recommendations by the Technical Advisory Committee on Tax Measures for Persons with Disabilities
2. Accessibility of Federal Buildings
3. Accessibility of Canada Pension Plan Disability Benefits
4. Accessibility of Modes of Transportation Under Federal Jurisdiction
5. Accessibility of Jobs in the Federal Public Service
6. Accessibility to the Parliamentary Precinct
Conclusion
List of Recommendations
App. A - List of Witnesses
Request for Government Response
Dissenting Opinion - Bloc Québécois
Minutes of Proceedings

More HUMA Reports and Responses

Source:
House of Commons
Standing Committee on
Human Resources, Skills Development, Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities (HUMA)

Tax Fairness Alone Cannot Secure Citizenship for Canadians with Disabilities
December 17, 2004
"On December 15, 2004, the Technical Advisory Committee on Tax Measures for Persons with Disabilities (TAC) released its recommendations to the Federal Government. Although the report, Disability tax Fairness , is an important step forward in addressing the inequities in the existing tax system, the disability community sees this as only one part of an overall disability strategy."
Source:
Canadian Association for Community Living
Council of Canadians with Disabilities

Related Links:

Government of Canada Welcomes Technical Advisory Committee Recommendations on Disability Tax Measures
News Release
December 15, 2004
"Minister of Finance Ralph Goodale and Minister of National Revenue John McCallum today welcomed the final report of the Technical Advisory Committee on Tax Measures for Persons with Disabilities, entitled Disability Tax Fairness. (...) The Government of Canada established the committee in April 2003 to provide advice to the federal Ministers of Finance and National Revenue on how to address issues related to tax measures for persons with disabilities."

Report of the Technical Advisory Committee on
Tax Measures for Persons with Disabilities
December 2004
HTML version
PDF version
(3.2MB, 164 pages)
Text version

Source:
Technical Advisory Committee on
Tax Measures for Persons with Disabilities

NOTE: check out the impressive content on this site!
- incl. Our Committee - What's New - Disability Tax Measures - Background Information - Submissions - News Releases - Links

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The Disability Tax Credit:
Evaluation Report
November 2004
"(...) In the Government’s response to the Seventh Report of the Standing Committee on Human Resources Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities [see below for links to both the report and the reponse], it was agreed that an evaluation of the DTC would be conducted by the Department of Finance. This evaluation assesses whether the DTC is achieving its policy intent of contributing to tax fairness for persons with disabilities."
Includes the following sections:
- background information on the DTC and key disability-related tax measures
- discussion of the importance of tax fairness for persons with disabilities and the DTC’s policy role in this context
- survey data on activity limitations used to assess whether the DTC is reaching its intended recipients
- discussion of the issues associated with determining if the DTC amount is set at the right level
-
conclusions of the evaluation
- an annex provides further detail on tax measures that benefit persons with disabilities.

Source:
Tax Evaluations and Research Reports
Tax Expenditures and Evaluations - 2004
[ Department of Finance Canada ]

Related Links:

Also from the federal Department of Finance:

The Government of Canada's Response to the Seventh Report of the Standing Committee on Human Resources Development and the Status of Persons With Disabilities
- Getting it Right for Canadians: The Disability Tax Credit
Posted September 19, 2002
PDF version (146K, 23 pages)

The Government of Canada's Response to the
First Report of the Standing Committee on Human Resources Development and the
Status of Persons With Disabilities

Posted May 9, 2003
"On December 11, 2002, the Standing Committee on Human Resources Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities tabled the report entitled Tax Fairness for Persons With Disabilities. In the report the standing committee makes seven recommendations dealing with policy and administrative issues concerning the disability tax credit (DTC)."
- includes a review of 2003 federal Budget measures for persons with disabilities and responses to each of the Committee's recommendations

Government of Canada Response to
"Listening to Canadians: A First View of the Future of the Canada Pension Plan Disability Program"

The Fifth Report of the Standing Committee on Human Resource Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities
November 2003
Complete report (HTML)

Listening to Canadians: A First View of the Future of the Canada Pension Plan (Disability) Program
Tabled in the House June 12, 2003
Report of the Standing Committee on Human Resources Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities
Subcommittee on the Status of Persons with Disabilities
June 2003

The Government of Canada's Response to the
First Report of the Standing Committee on Human Resources Development and the
Status of Persons With Disabilities
Posted May 9, 2003
"On December 11, 2002, the Standing Committee on Human Resources Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities tabled the report entitled Tax Fairness for Persons With Disabilities. In the report the standing committee makes seven recommendations dealing with policy and administrative issues concerning the disability tax credit (DTC)."
- includes a review of 2003 federal Budget measures for persons with disabilities and responses to each of the Committee's recommendations
Source:
Department of Finance Canada

Tax Fairness for Persons with Disabilities - review of the Disability Tax Credit (DTC)
- Tabled in the House December 11, 2002
NOTE: you have to click "Next" in the top-right or bottom-left corner of each page to read this report

The Government of Canada's Response to the Seventh Report of the Standing Committee on Human Resources Development and the Status of Persons With Disabilities
- Getting it Right for Canadians: The Disability Tax Credit
Posted September 19, 2002
PDF version (146K, 23 pages)
Source:
Department of Finance Canada

Getting it Right for Canadians: The Disability Tax Credit
Seventh Report of the Sub-Committee on the Status of Persons with Disabilities
(Standing Committee on Human Resources Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities)

March 2002

A Common Vision: Interim Report
Tabled in the House June 12, 2001

Government Response to A Common Vision (PDF file - 133K, 43 pages)
November 2001 (PDF file date)


CPP Disability Program Subcommittee on the Status of Persons with Disabilities of the
Standing Committee on Human Resources Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities

Website of the Sub-Committee on the Status of Persons with Disabilities
June 12, 2002
"The Sub-Committee on the Status of Persons with Disabilities, as part of its study of the CPP Disability program, has launched a new web site. The site includes a broad range of information on the issue the Sub-Committee is studying, the members and role of the Sub-Committee, and the testimony and briefs presented to the Sub-Committee. You can check out previous reports prepared by the Sub-Committee, and how the Government responded to them. There is also a mechanism to allow you to contact the Sub-Committee, subscribe to Our News List and e-mail your friends to tell them about the site."
Source : Parliamentary Internet

General Information
- incl. 60+ links to studies on CPP and related income security programs by research institutes, government studies on CPP and related income security programs, information about the Quebec Pension Plan (QPP), and facts and figures.

The Sub-Committee on the Status of Persons with Disabilities Begins Its Consultation
with Canadians Today on the Canada Pension Plan Disability Program
January 3, 2003
"The Sub-Committee will be consulting with Canadians from December 3, 2002 to February 3, 2003. There are three ways that you can get involved: by taking our issue poll, through sharing your story, and by presenting your solutions. Please take the time to carefully review the instructions for each of the consultations tools before you begin. This will ensure that your contribution is maximized.
- Our Issue Poll : Work through and answer questions on some of the major issues facing the CPP Disability program.
- Share Your Story : Share your experiences with the CPP Disability program.
- Present Your Solution : There are many challenges facing the CPP Disability program. We are looking for your solutions to those challenges."

Current Disability Issues in Canada: a Background Paper
"This background paper provides an overview of how disability issues fit into the Canadian system of government. In addition it provides a brief overview of the demographic and social characteristics of Canadians with disabilities, disability programs and the overall policy framework for governments. This analysis was prepared by the Parliamentary Research Branch as background material for use by Members of the Sub-Committee on the Status of Persons with Disabilities."


Minister of Finance to Consult on Disability Tax Credit Proposals
News Release
November 29, 2002
"...proposals to amend the Income Tax Act released on August 30, 2002 regarding the disability tax credit (DTC) are no longer under consideration and new consultations are being launched to develop revised proposals. (...) Minister Manley said that the purpose of the review is not reduce the Government’s support for persons with disabilities, but rather to ensure that support continues to be provided to those most in need. The DTC recognizes that people with a severe and prolonged impairment incur disability-related expenses that reduce their ability to pay tax. The credit reduces an individual’s federal income tax by up to almost $1,000 a year. In total, the DTC provides $400 million a year in federal tax assistance to about 450,000 eligible Canadians.
Written submissions will be accepted until January 17, 2003."
Source : Finance Canada

Government of Canada Response to Reflecting Interdependence: Disability, Parliament, Government and the Community
November 1999

Reflecting Interdependence: Disability, Parliament, Government and the Community
Sixth Report of the Standing Committee on Human Resources and the Status of Persons with Disabilities
June 1999 Future Directions (June 1999)


Assistive Technology Links
"Led by Industry Canada, this site will assist persons with disabilities and employers to find information on assistive technologies, accommodation issues and accessible information."
- incl. links to tools to help people who buy electronic or information technology or other services for their organization to ensure "universal accessibility" of products and services.
- also includes links to federal and provincial government accessibility websites (+ nine related international sites)

Workplace Accommodation Toolkit - excellent collection of information on how to accommodate the workplace for a person with a disability. Covers a number of areas, including : General Office Accommodations - Hardware - Media and Content - Software - Telecommunication Products - Training - Web sites / Web Applications.

Source: Industry Canada

Related site:
Starling Access Services - "Access a World of Possibility"


Federal-Provincial-Territorial Meeting of Ministers of Social Services
Federal-Provincial-Territorial Ministers responsible for Social Services
continue their work to support children and persons with disabilities
Press Release
Québec, May 14, 1999


1999 Report of the Auditor General of Canada (April 20, 1999)
(Overview, with links to each chapter)
- Chapter 6 - Accountability for Shared Social Programs: National Child Benefit and Employability Assistance for People with Disabilities



1996 Federal Task Force on Disability Issues
EQUAL CITIZENSHIP FOR CANADIANS WITH DISABILITIES: THE WILL TO ACT
Final report of the Federal Task Force on Disability Issues - October 1996 (Govt. of Canada)
- this link takes you to the press release - scroll down the page to the report table of contents

Related NGO Link :

Disability Task Force - from the website of the Council of Canadians with Disabilities

Improving Social Security in Canada
Persons With Disabilities: A Supplementary Paper
1994
(178K, 87 pages)
This isn't really new, but I've just recently added it to this site. It was one of the supplementary papers released in 1994-95 during the ill-fated Social Security Review.

Related Link:

Canada Assistance Plan / Canada Health and Social Transfer Resources Page (a Canadian Social Research links page)
- Click on "1994 Social Security Review" in the blue text box near the top of that page for links to the complete text of the Social Security Review discussion paper ["Improving Social Security in Canada"] and supplementary papers on the Canada Assistance Plan, guaranteed annual income and income security for children (in addition to the above link).


International Day of Disabled Persons
3 December 2005
"Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Action in Development
The annual observance of the International Day of Disabled Persons, 3 December, aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities. It also seeks to increase awareness of gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life."
Source:
Disability and the United Nations
[ Economic and Social Development ]
[ United Nations ]

United Nations System and Persons with Disabilities
- incl. links to : Disability and Development - Disability and Human Rights - Disability and Education - Disability and the World of Work - Disability and Health - Rural Disabled - Disability Definition and Statistics

Disability and the United Nations
- incl. links to :
United Nations Global Programme on Disability - Towards a convention - United Nations System and Persons with Disabilities [see below] - Special Rapporteur of the Commission for Social Development - History of Disability and the United Nations - International Day of Disabled Persons

Source:
UN Enable - The United Nations Focal Point on Persons with Disabilities
(incl. links to : Disability and the United Nations -
Priorities - International Norms and Policy Guidelines - Resources)
[ Division for Social Policy and Development ]
[ Department of Economic and Social Affairs ]
[ Economic and Social Development ]
[ United Nations ]

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International Day of Disabled Persons 2006 - E-Accessibility
December 3, 2006
"(...)The theme for this year’s International Day of Disabled Persons (3 December 2006) is accessibility to information technologies, and the day will be referred to as E-Accessibility Day. Through its efforts, and collaboration with others, the United Nations aims to raise appreciation among Governments, private entities and the public of the significant benefits to persons with disabilities and society when they are empowered with increased access to information technologies."
Source:
United Nations

Related Links:

Disability and the United Nations
- incl. links to: United Nations Global Programme on Disability * Ad Hoc Committee, Towards a convention * United Nations System and Persons with Disabilities * Special Rapporteur of the Commission for Social Development * History of Disability and the United Nations * International Day of Disabled Persons

International day for disabled persons: Dec. 3
Dec. 3 is the International Day for Disabled Persons. The day aims to promote understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities.
Source:
Canadian Union of Public Employees

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2004 World Bank International Disability Conference
In Celebration of the United Nations' 2004 International Day of Disabled Persons:
Disability and Inclusive Development: Sharing, Learning and Building Alliances

Washington, D.C.
"On Tuesday, November 30 – Wednesday, December 1, 2004, the World Bank will organize its second international disability and development conference, entitled "Disability and Inclusive Development: Sharing, Learning and Building Alliances." This event constitutes a follow-up to the Bank's December 2002 international conference, and will take stock of the exciting work done in the disability and development community over the past two years. The conference aims to build upon its past work in order to further reduce global poverty for disabled people."

Conference Agenda (Word file - 84K, 6 pages)

Source:
The World Bank Group

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United Nations International Day of Disabled Persons
Live Webcasting Event

"In celebration of the United Nations International Day of Disabled Persons, the Canadian Association of Independent Living Centres (CAILC) invites you to celebrate the day at their 3rd annual national kick-off event. This year’s international theme is 'Nothing About Us Without Us'."
NOTE: this is streaming viedo technology; it probably won't work if you're using a government or university Internet account (because of security firewalls).

Fact Sheets (one-page PDF files):
Income Support for Persons with Disabilities (123k)
Housing and Homelessness (132k)
Employment Issues (118k)

Source:
Canadian Association of Independent Living Centres

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Dec. 3 – UN International Day of Disabled Persons: Canada has a long way to go to achieve full
participation and equality for citizens with disabilities

"Ottawa - In 1992, the United Nations proclaimed Dec. 3 as the International Day of Disabled Persons. The purpose of the day is to promote full participation and equality of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life. The National Union of Public and General Employees believes that our federal and many provincial governments in Canada have fallen short of achieving this UN objective."
Source:
National Union of Public and General Employees


 

 

Non-Governmental Organizations
(in alphabetical order)

Abilities Canada
The Canadian Abilities Foundation is excited to announce the launch of our new web site. Please visit us and join the conversation by creating an account. See our new and enhanced features, including the new blogs and our CEO and Founder’s welcoming video. We will be adding new content daily and hope to engage all communities across Canada and North America in dialogue and sharing of information relevant to people with disabilities and the broader community, including decision makers in the public and private sectors. We welcome your feedback and look forward to making http://www.abilities.ca the place to go when you need information or just want to share your news, issues, concerns and success stories.

Ability Online
"A computer network designed to enhance the lives of children and youth with disabilities or illness by providing an online community of friendship and support."
Graphic version of this site
Text version of this site
En ligne directe
(French version of this site)
"Ability OnLine is a free internet community where children/youth with disabilities/illness and their parents can meet others like them, make friends from all over the world, share their hopes and fears, find role-models and mentors, and feel like they belong. Ability OnLine began in 1991 and has grown from a small Bulletin Board Service (BBS) to a web based network with members from around the world."
- Ability Online recently recorded the three millionth visit to its website (in 10 yrs.)...
About Us - read why Ability Online was created and how it's evolved since then.

ARCH Disability Law Centre (Toronto)
[formerly known as ARCH (Advocacy Resource Centre for the Handicapped): a Legal Resource Centre for Persons with Disabilities]
ARCH is a specialty legal aid clinic funded by Legal Aid Ontario that is dedicated to defending and advancing the equality-rights of persons with disabilities.
- incl. links to : About ARCH * Direct Service * Litigation * Law Reform * Public Legal Education * Library * Contact Us * Database * Links * Publications * FAQ * ARCH Alert * Site Map

ARCH Alert Special Ontario Election 2011 issue (Word file - 184K, 14 pages)
Selected content:
* Disability Issues and the Election
* Accessible Voting in the October 6th Election
* Access to Democracy and the Electoral System: Challenges and Legal Opportunities
* Various Election Campaigns and Questions for Candidates

[ Earlier issues of ARCH Alert - back to January 2006 ]

Source:
ARCH Disability Law Centre
The ARCH Vision : A world in which all people with disabilities enjoy social justice and equal participation in society and our communities.
- incl. links to:
* About ARCH * Our Services * Significant Cases * Publications * Submissions * Useful Links * Attendant Services * Education Law * Legal Capacity * Services for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities * Priority Area Archives

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- Go to the Political Parties and Elections Links in Canada (Provinces and Territories) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/politics_prov_terr.htm

Caledon Institute of Social Policy
Established in 1992, the Caledon Institute of Social Policy is a private, nonprofit organization with charitable status. Caledon does rigorous, high-quality research and analysis; seeks to inform and influence public opinion and to foster public discussion on poverty and social policy; and develops and promotes concrete, practicable proposals for the reform of social programs at all levels of government and of social benefits provided by employers and the voluntary sector.

Selected site content:

Poverty and Disability: My Lived Experience (small PDF file - 3 pages)
By Calvin Wood
December 2010
On behalf of People First, an organization of people with intellectual disabilities, Calvin Wood was invited to speak at the “Disabling Poverty/Enabling Citizenship: End Exclusion 2010” conference in Ottawa in early November 2010. Calvin’s presentation to the Ottawa conference speaks to the everyday reality of the Canadians trapped and marginalized by the current income (in)security system.

A Basic Income Plan for Canadians with Severe Disabilities (PDF - 260K, 76 pages)
November 2010
By Michael Mendelson, Ken Battle, Sherri Torjman and Ernie Lightman
[ Version française:
Un plan de revenu de base pour les Canadiens avec de graves déficiences
(PDF - 271K, 80 pages) ]

Despite billions of dollars spent on a complex assortment of social benefits, many working age Canadians with disabilities end up desperately poor and trapped on welfare – the dead-end default program of last resort. While there has been some progress for persons with disabilities since the landmark Obstacles report was released 30 years ago, one area in which there has been almost no improvement at all has been that of income security. This tragic state of affairs is neither tolerable nor necessary. A Basic Income Plan for Canadians with Severe Disabilities is a new report commissioned by the Council of Canadians with Disabilities and the Canadian Association for Community Living. Written by the Caledon Institute of Social Policy, the document describes the current situation facing Canadians with severe disabilities and sets out a detailed plan to revolutionize income support and services.[ Excerpt from the Abstract ]

Source:
Caledon Institute of Social Policy

The three ghosts of poverty: Being a caregiver can affect your financial health
By Sherri Torjman (Caledon Institute of Social Policy)
October 31, 2009
Unlike the ghouls that make an appearance only on Oct. 31, there are three ghosts that haunt millions of Canadians every day. These ghosts of poverty stalk far too many households involved in providing personal care and support to relatives with severe disabilities, or sick and aging parents. The caregiving role can create serious financial strains. First, many seniors and persons with disabilities live on low incomes; caregivers often spend much of their own money for basic food, heat and shelter required by those receiving care. Second, caregivers' own employment status and income can be jeopardized by the pressures of their caregiving responsibilities. Third, caregivers often have to pay the additional cost of disability related goods and services not covered by medicare or private insurance. These three ghosts of poverty, which hover continually, threaten to destabilize the lives of the many caregivers trying merely to provide a decent quality of life for those they love. (...)
All caregivers struggle with these three ghosts of poverty that shadow them constantly. While it may be no mean trick to provide additional aid to these households – particularly to low-income caregivers – extra assistance to help offset the financial burden of caregiving would be a welcome treat.
Source:
Toronto Star

Paved with Good Intentions:
The Failure of Passive Disability Policy in Canada
(PDF - 112K, 31 pages)
By Rick August
April 2009
One-size-fits-all benefits, passive income strategies and over-simplified disability concepts have failed, in Canada and across the developed world, to achieve real economic integration of adult citizens with disabilities. Alternative strategies can improve economic inclusion while avoiding the perverse incentives and dependency traps associated with most current disability programs. Solving problems in disability policy may also help governments address adequacy and incentive issues in broader income support programs, and may point to alternatives to the largely self-defeating Canadian welfare system.

Canadians Need a Medium-Term Sickness/Disability Income Benefit (PDF file - 112K, 36 pages)
By Michael J. Prince
January 2008
This paper focuses upon a serious weakness in Canada’s income security system. There is a major gap in social insurance coverage for millions of Canadians whose work and earnings are interrupted on a temporary or recurring basis because of illness or disability. This paper examines the current relationship between Employment Insurance (EI) sickness benefits and Canada Pension Plan (CPP) disability benefits, and explores possibilities for stronger linkages between these programs. Various options for a medium-term sickness/disability income benefit are considered along with their respective strengths and weaknesses.

The Disability Supports Deduction: A Big Small Step
Caledon Commentary
By Sherri Torjman
March 2004
"This commentary analyzes the impact of the new disability supports deduction announced in the 2004 federal Budget. Persons with disabilities who are attending school or working will benefit through greater awareness, lower income taxes and higher disposable incomes. They may even become eligible for some benefits for which they had not previously qualified. Additional disability-related and other social policy measures are assessed in Caledon’s forthcoming response to the 2004 Budget."
Complete report (PDF file - 38K, 4 pages)

Related Link:

Federal Budget: Budget Plan - Persons With Disabilities
(from the DAWN-Ontario website)

The Canada Pension Plan Disability Benefit
February 2002
"This report presents a policy history of the Canada Pension Plan disability benefit. It discusses the strengths and unique features of this national program, trends in caseload and cost, key issues related to the disability benefit, appeals procedures and options for reform."
Complete Text (PDF file - 150K, 62 pages)

First Ministers' Last Priority (Abstract)
Sherri Torjman
September 2000
Complete report (PDF file, 2 pages, 21K)
- Commentary concerning the recent First Ministers' Meeting, government services for people with disabilities and the In Unison report

Canada's Community Inclusion Initiative
Changing communities for people with an intellectual disability and their families. Creating Communities for ALL

HIV and Poverty in Canada
"This website contains tools, resources and information about HIV and Income in Canada. It’s hosted by the Canadian AIDS Society (CAS), and promotes information that can help individuals AND fight community poverty. Visit our News section for more information on conferences, campaigns and reports from other organizations. Check out our Resources section for tools and reports published by the Canadian AIDS Society."
- incl links to : Home * About CAS * Resources * News * Links * Thank You * Contact Us

Selected Featured News and Resources:

Tools for Activists: Community HIV/AIDS Mobilization Project (CHAMP) posts advocacy training materials more...

The Online Compendium of Provincial Income Support Programs - What provincial benefits are you entitled to?

The Canadian AIDS Society Guide to Income Advocacy

Why Canada Needs More Research on HIV and Poverty

HIV and Poverty Information Sheets

Source:
Canadian Aids Society


New from the Canadian Working Group on HIV and Rehabilitation:

Navigating the Maze : Improving Coordination and Integration of Disability Income and
Employment Policies and Programs for People living with HIV/AIDS - A Discussion Paper
(PDF - 1.1MB, 97 pages)
By John Stapleton and Anne Tweddle
August 2008
"(...) Disability income programs are critical supports for people living with HIV and other disabilities. Government, private and quasi government bodies spent approximately $26 billion dollars in direct income support benefits to individuals with disabilities without any comprehensive oversight respecting what the programs do as a whole or purport to achieve for Canadians with disabilities. (...) The goal of this discussion paper is to promote the discussion toward improved coordination and integration of these programs."

COMMENT:
This comprehensive discussion paper focuses on programs and supports for people living with HIV and other "episodic disabilities" - people who live with periods of good health interrupted by periods of illness or disability. In addition to HIV, episodic disabilities may include multiple sclerosis, lupus, arthritis, cancer, diabetes and mental and mood disorders. The paper will also interest researchers looking for solid qualitative and quantitative data on Canadian federal and provincial/territorial programs and supports for people with disabilities in general.

Especially noteworthy is the Appendices section, which takes up a full two-thirds of the report --- there, you'll find comparisons of federal and provincial/territorial employment and income support programs for people with disabilities, with a special focus on social assistance (welfare) programs, along with a summary of issues (shortcomings of the system) and disability expenditures in Canada for 2005-2006. The paper is extensively hyperlinked, with direct links to 100+ online source documents.
Highly recommended reading!
[In keeping with the Canadian Social Research Links Proactive Disclosure Policy, I should mention that the authors are John my friend and kindred spirit of 30+ years and Anne my spouse, who also has 30+ years of experience in the social program information business. Gilles]

Source:
Canadian Working Group on HIV and Rehabilitation
The Canadian Working Group on HIV and Rehabilitation (CWGHR) is a national charitable organization working to improve the quality of life of people living with HIV/AIDS through rehabilitation research, education, and cross-sector partnerships.

Related link:

Open Policy
John Stapleton's website - includes links to his published work, articles in the media, presentations and more

Make work possible for more people with significant disabilities: study
Press Release
February 22, 2008
(Vancouver) People living with mental illnesses, developmental disabilities and serious conditions such as MS often find themselves in a catch-22 - unable to take on full-time year-round employment, but willing and able to work with the right supports and flexibility. A study released today urges the provincial government to adopt a series of creative recommendations that would make employment possible for many more British Columbians with significant disabilities. "Current income assistance policies often discourage rather than encourage people with disabilities to work," says Michael Goldberg, co-author of Removing Barriers to Work: Flexible Employment Options for People with Disabilities in BC and a research associate with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

Removing Barriers to Work:
Flexible Employment Options for People with Disabilities in BC
Complete report (PDF file - 1.3MB, 65 pages)
Summary (PDF file, 1.4MB, 25 pages)

Source:
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
(CCPA)


Canada WorkinfoNET (CanWIN)

- WorkinfoNET is a network of equal partners in all provinces and territories working together to develop an information network for all Canadians to connect to work and learning opportunities.

Canadian Association for Community Living
"The Canadian Association for Community Living is a Canada-wide association of family members and others working for the benefit of persons of all ages who have an intellectual disability."

Links to provincial and territorial
Canadian Associations for Community Living

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Canada Ratifies UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
March 11, 2010
The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, today announced that, with the support of all provinces and territories, the Government of Canada has ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities at United Nations headquarters in New York City.
(...)
The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is an international human rights instrument of the United Nations intended to protect the rights and dignity of persons with disabilities. Parties to the Convention are required to promote, protect and ensure the full enjoyment of human rights by persons with disabilities, and to ensure that they enjoy full equality under the law.There are approximately 4.4 million persons with disabilities in Canada—about 14.3 percent of the population.
Source:
Canada News Centre

Related link:

Canada Ratifies Historic U.N. Treaty on Disability Rights
New York and Toronto
March 11, 2010
Today, at the United Nations headquarters in New York, Canada ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This is a historic and profound moment in our country’s history. It is Canada’s declaration to Canadians and the international community that disability is at last to be recognized as a matter of fundamental human rights – at home in Canada and internationally. By ratifying this first international treaty that comprehensively recognizes the rights of persons with disabilities, Canada binds our governments to its implementation. The Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL) applauds the Government of Canada for this landmark decision, and indeed all Provincial/Territorial Governments for their support in taking this step. The Convention creates a new and lasting foundation on which to build an inclusive and accessible Canada where rights can no longer be diminished on the basis of disability. (...)
Source:
Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL)
The Canadian Association for Community Living is a Canada-wide association of family members and others working to advance the human rights and inclusion of persons of all ages who have an intellectual disability.
Founded in 1958 by parents of children with intellectual disabilities who wanted supports and services within the community instead of in institutions, CACL has become one of Canada's ten largest charitable organizations, and has grown into a federation of 10 provincial and three territorial associations comprising of 420 local associations and over 40,000 members.

 

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Community Living Ontario - Building Inclusive Communities
"Community Living Ontario advocates for, promotes and facilitates the full participation, inclusion and citizenship of people who have an intellectual disability. (...) Community Living Ontario is a province-wide federation, rooted in a strong network of individuals who have an intellectual disability, families, friends, member organizations and community partners. It will be guided by, adhere to and strive to achieve its Goal and Vision in all its actions."
- incl. links to information in the following areas : Todays News -
Advocacy - Community Participation - Education - Employment - Family Support - Government - Human Rights - Self-Planning - Letters and Opinions - Search this site - News Archives. Also includes an extensive Directory and a Calendar of Events

Canadian Association of Independent Living Centres (CAILC)
"Founded in 1986 by the Independent Living movement, the Canadian Association of Independent Living Centres is the national umbrella organizations, representing and coordinating the network of Independent Living Resource Centres at the national level. CAILC is a national, bi-lingual, non-profit organization, and is governed by a Board of Directors which is comprised of a majority of people with disabilities."
- incl. links to :
What is Independent Living? - What is CAILC? - Who is CAILC? - Announcements - IL Services and Development - National Projects - Research and Independent Living Activities - Publications - Independent Living Library - Independent Living Resource Centres - Social and Disability Policy - Website Links - CAILC Awards - Contact Information
[ graphic site ]

Social and Disability Policy
- incl. links to resources in the following areas : Disability Policy Frameworks - Disability Supports - Housing - Income Support - Employment/ Training - Transportation - Home Care/ Support

CAILC Links - incl. links to: Government - Educational Institutions - International Disability Organizations - National Disability Organizations - Policy Research Organizations - Disability On-Line Resources

International Day of Disabled Persons: World Premiere and Live Webcast
World Premiere and live Webcast: Bearing Witness: Luke Melchior
December 3, 2003 - International Day of Disabled Persons

"In recognition of the United Nations International Day of Disabled Persons, the National Film Board of Canada and the Canadian Association of Independent Living Centres will present a special live web cast screening and discussion of the film "Bearing Witness: Luke Melchior. The Honourable Jane Stewart, Minister of Human Resources Development Canada and Lead Minister on Disability issues will speak on behalf of the Federal Government of Canada."

Canadian Association of Professionals with Disabilities
"The Canadian Association of Professionals with Disabilities is a federally incorporated non-profit dedicated to the inclusion, job retention, and advancement of current and future professionals with disabilities. Our non-profit is solely and permanently committed to meeting the complex and emerging concerns of professionals with disabilities. We are a cross-disabilities based organisation and are controlled by professionals with disabilities for professionals with disabilities."

Canadian Council on Social Development

Disability Information Sheet #20
June 2005
"In this Information Sheet, we examine the medication and health care patterns of children with disabilities."
PDF version - 221K, 8 pages
HTML version

Disability Information Sheet #19
May 2005
Canadian Council on Social Development
"In this Information Sheet, we examine the combination of both hearing and seeing disabilities, and combined disabilities for agility/mobility and pain. We also provide basic employment rates by disability types (including combinations)."
PDF version (201K, 8 pages)
HTML version

Source:
Disability Research at the CCSD
NOTE: Click the link above for links to the complete collection of information sheets, covering a wide range of disability-related issues.

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Federal-Provincial-Territorial Ministers responsible for Social Services
Release of "Supports and Services for Adults and Children with Disabilities in Canada: An Analysis of Needs and Gaps"

News Release
December 3, 2004

Complete report:

Supports and Services for Adults and Children Aged 5 – 14 with Disabilities in Canada:
An Analysis of Data on Needs and Gaps

Commissioned by Federal-Provincial-Territorial Ministers Responsible for Social Services*
December 3, 2004
By Gail Fawcett, Coryse Ciceri, Spyridoula Tsoukalas, and Angela Gibson-Kierstead
PDF Version (512K, 89 pages)
HTML version
Table of Contents:
Part One: Supports And Services For Adults With Disabilities In Canada: An Analysis Of Needs And Gaps

- Aids And Devices - Help With Daily Activities - School Supports - Housing Features - Work Supports - Profile Of Unmet Need - Conclusion
Part Two: Disability Supports In Canada For Children With Disabilities Aged 5-14: Needs And Gaps
- Aids And Devices - School Supports - Home Supports - Gaps

Related Link:

Benefits and Services for Persons with Disabilities
[ Social Union website ]
*NOTE: the Social Union website is where you'll find more links to information by and about the Federal-Provincial-Territorial Ministers responsible for Social Services.

There's room at the top for workers with disabilities:
Research shows union membership and gender are key factors

Communiqué
May 25, 2004

CCSD research staff were responsible for the development of Chapter 5 (Young Children with Disabilities in Canada) of the Government of Canada's report The
Well-Being of Canada's Young Children.

Boomers Beware: People with Disabilities Falling Between the Cracks
Press Release
May 20, 2003
"Too many Canadians with disabilities are failing to get the medication or medical attention they need according to Gail Fawcett, Senior Research Associate at the Canadian Council on Social Development (CCSD). This situation is particularly worrisome at a time when the demographic bulge of the baby boomers is heading into age groups which are at higher risk for disabilities."

Canadian Labour Congress

New Study explores barriers faced by Canadians with Disabilities
Release marks International Day of Persons with Disabilities
December 3, 2008
OTTAWA – The Canadian Labour Congress has released a new study on the employment realities of Canadians with disabilities to mark today, December 3, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The paper outlines the barriers to equal participation in society that Canadians with disabilities face, including exclusion from the workplace and a lack of accommodation in the workplace. (...) The study concludes by calling for changes to income support programs, which often leave people trapped in a choice between low benefits and working for poverty wages. The study also calls for new supports and services in the workplace, home and community as well as support from both employers and government for workplace accommodation.

Complete study:

Toward Inclusion of People with Disabilities
in theWorkplace
(PDF - 45K, 14 pages)
December 2008

Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB)
"The Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) is a national voluntary agency providing services to individuals across Canada to whom loss of vision is a central problem in personal and social adjustments. The CNIB also acts as a consultant and resource agency to the helping professions, government departments and private industry.

Landmark report shines spotlight on unmet needs of
Canadians who are blind or living with vision loss

News Release
November 2, 2005
"According to a hard-hitting new report released today, scores of highly educated and qualified blind and visually impaired Canadians are living in poverty because they cannot find work. The report also shows that although the number of seniors living with permanent vision loss is skyrocketing, access to transportation and low vision aids is limited. Alarmingly, it confirms that many of the barriers faced 30 years ago still exist today."

Message from Jim Sanders (President and CEO of the CNIB)
Word file (49K, 2 pages)
PDF file (29K, 2 pages)

Executive Summary (Word file - 86K, 21 pages)

Complete Report:

An Unequal Playing Field: Report on the Needs of People
Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired Living in Canada
- Word file
(838K, 189 pages)
- PDF file (1.04MB, 189 pages)

Source:
Canadian National Institute for the Blind

CanChild
"CanChild is a centre for childhood disability research that seeks to maximize the life quality of children and youth with disabilities and their families.
CanChild is comprised of a multi-disciplinary team working in the field of childhood disability. The aims of this research centre are to:
take a leadership role in identifying emerging issues for research, practice, policy and education
conduct high-quality research
effectively transfer knowledge into practice at clinical and health system levels
provide education for consumers, service providers, policy makers and students"
- incl. links to:
What's New - Our Research - Online Publications - List of Articles & Books - Measures & Multimedia - Browse by Theme - External Links - Order Form - Contact Us
Source:
McMaster University Faculty of Health Sciences

Citizens With Disabilities - Ontario
"Citizens With Disabilities-Ontario (CWD-O) is dedicated to the full participation of all persons in the social, economic and political life of their communities. It actively supports and promotes the rights, freedoms and responsibilities of individuals to determine their own destinies. Key areas of activities are community development, social action, social development, referral, and member services. Its primary activity is to advocate on behalf of persons with disabilities and promote their personal participation in changing social and physical barriers that allow for full participation in the mainstream of society."
CWD-O will adopt the policies, activities and goals of the Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD).

Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD)
CCD is a national human rights organization of people with disabilities working for an inclusive and accessible Canada.
CCD's Priorities Include:
* Disability-related supports
* Poverty alleviation
* Increased employment for persons with disabilities
* Promotion of human rights
* More...

Social Policy and Canadians with disabilities
14.3% of Canadians report having a disability. Canadians with disabilities are more than twice as likely to live in poverty than other Canadians. They face exclusion from quality education, from employment and from participation in their communities. CCD's Social Policy Committee provides leadership on addressing the social and economic exclusion of persons with disabilities.
- incl. links to:
* Overview * National Action Plan * Poverty * Employment * Disability Supports * Access/Inclusion * Federal Disability Act * Income * Disabling Poverty/Enabling Citizenship (CURA) * Immigration * Federal Elections * Resources * Archives

Recent Work:

November 1, 2011
Gender, Disability and Low Income
This fact sheet compares the rates at which men and women with and without disabilities experience low incomes. Read more.

November 1, 2011
Trying to ?Make the Grade?: Education, Work-Related Training
This fact sheet looks at the education, work-related training and low-income status of Canadians with and without disabilities.

November 1, 2011
From Coast to Coast: Provincial Rates of Low-Income among Canadians With and Without Disabilities
This fact sheet looks at the low income rates of people with and without disabilities in each province, and also compares the rates of low-income among people living in rural and urban communities who do and do not have disabilities.

Links to other CCD issues
This is a link to the CCD website home page, where you'll find the following tabs across the top of the page:
* Human Rights * Transportation * International * Technology

Related link:

Honouring leaders who help disabled:
Poverty and isolation remains reality for too many of 14.3% of Canadians with disabilities
November 02, 2011
Two former prime ministers and many other federal politicians were scheduled to be honoured last night for making Canada a more inclusive place for people with disabilities.
“We’re looking at what we’ve achieved over the past 30 years,” said Laurie Beachell, national co-ordinator with the Council of Canadians with Disabilities. The celebration at the Delta Ottawa was to include politicians of all stripes and representatives of more than 50 disability advocacy groups. (...) But after the celebration, there is more work to be done, Beachell said. The council’s member groups are meeting today to discuss ways to reduce poverty among people with disabilities and combat the “welfare-ization” of benefits for disabled people.
Source:
Metro News - Ottawa

 

DAWN DisAbled Women's Network Canada
"DAWN Canada is a national organization controlled by and comprised of women with disabilities. We are from all backgrounds and all disabilities. We are a feminist organization working to achieve control over our lives and end the stereotype that labels us dependent burdens on society."
- incl. links to : Our National Network - Our Mission Statement - Our History - Profiles of Women - Special Initiatives - DAWNing Groups - Related Links - Guestbook - DAWN Canada's Email Discussion

DAWN DisAbled Women's Network - Ontario
"DisAbled Women's Network (DAWN) Ontario is a cross-disability, feminist organization working towards access, equity, and full participation of Women with disAbilities through public education, coalition-building, self-advocacy, resource development, and information & communication technology."
- incl. links to : Text version - What's New - Resources - Publications - Justice Issues - Health Issues - Inclusion Award - Access Checklist - Online Community - Research Posts - Who We Are - What We Do - Our Vision - Herstory - Fact Sheet - Action Alert - Membership - Join E-List - Guestbook - Feedback - Contact Us - Credits
Links - Links to hundreds of websites about women and disability - excellent resource!

Sample reports from DAWN-Ontario:

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act) Alliance Update
Major Tide of Opposition Rises in Opposition to McGuinty Government's Plans to Weaken the Ontario Human Rights Commission -- but McGuinty Government Has Not Answered Our Important Questions, and Signals it is Not Listening to Us
March 24, 2006

Related Links:

DAWN Ontario's Open Letter to Premier McGuinty
Re: Proposed Reforms to the Ontario Human Rights Code

March 19, 2006
"We, DAWN Ontario: the Disabled Women's Network Ontario, are writing to voice our strong opposition to your Government's plans to weaken the Ontario Human Rights Code, announced on February 20, 2006." [see the link below to the Feb. 20 govt. announcement].

Human Rights Reform Action Kit (DAWN-Ontario)
Help Prevent the Gov't from Weakening
Enforcement of the Ontario Human Rights Code
"On Feb. 20, 2006, the Ontario Gov't said it will introduce a law (likely late March or April) to change enforcement of the Ontario Human Rights Code. That system needs reform. It's too slow, frustrating, and hard for many to use. Yet, the Government's proposal will make things worse, not better. It will create new barriers that make it harder for people to get their human rights respected."

From the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General

Ontario Government to Modernize Human Rights System:
Better Serving The Public The Aim Of Proposed Changes

February 20, 2006
News Release
"A stronger, faster, more effective human rights system that better serves the public is the aim of changes being proposed by the McGuinty government, Attorney General Michael Bryant announced today."

Disabilities Online (non-governmental site)
Canadian directory of hundreds of links (many U.S. and international) in over two dozen categories, from accessible design to travel and transportation.

Disability Rights Promotion International (York University - Toronto)
"Disability Rights Promotion International (DRPI) is a collaborative project to establish an international monitoring system to address disability discrimination worldwide.Monitoring the human rights situation of people with disabilities will:
* promote greater awareness of disability discrimination
* inform advocacy for equal rights
* encourage development of inclusive laws and policies."

- incl. links to : Text Only version - Human Rights and Disability - The UN Human Rights System - Contact Us - About DRPI - Why Use a Human Rights Perspective? -
Why Monitor the Human Rights Situation of People with Disabilities? - History of DRPI - Five Areas for Monitoring - DRPI Phase I: Background Research
DRPI Phase II: Implementation

PHASE I REPORT: Opportunities, Methodologies, and Training Resources for Disability Rights Monitoring (PDF file - 1.4MB, 86 pages)
November 2003
"The report:
* describes the United Nations international human rights treaties and opportunities for the promotion and protection of the human rights of people with disabilities
* reviews various methods for collecting human rights data and ensuring thorough monitoring activities
* lists human rights training resources for various audiences and describes them in relation to their usefulness in the disability context

EnableLink - Canadian site
"Linking people with disabilities to a world of resources"
This site was overhauled and relaunched back in April of 2002, but I hadn't taken the time for a thorough visit until now. Excellent job! Wow - what a TON of content!
- incl. announcements, classified ads, events, links to Canadian and international resources on a wide variety of disability-related topics, directories, links to articles, organizations, advocacy and support groups, services and products
, accessible transportation, the Community Information Access Project, Women with Disabilities Violence Prevention Resource Guide, Abilities Magazine and much more...
TIP: When you click on any topic in the sidebar on the left of the home page, that topic expands to offer you links to articles, message boards, organizations, chat lines, Canadian and international resources, etc. --- or you can just go to the EnableLink Site Map to see the whole collection of links on one page.
Source : Canadian Abilities Foundation (CAF)

An Open Letter From Friends of the Canadian Abilities Foundation
December 21, 2006
Dear Colleagues,
The Canadian Abilities Foundation is a national treasure that, since 1986, has been a key communication resource to all Canadians, and in particular, those with disabilities. Abilities Magazine, the outstanding publication produced by the Canadian Abilities Foundation is the glue that holds the "disability" sector together. They are in danger of disappearing. This urgent matter has just come to our attention. Due to unprecedented financial circumstances, the Canadian Abilities Foundation and its projects, including Abilities Magazine are endangered. [more...]

Source:
SNOW - "Special Needs Ontario Window --- the Education component of the University of Toronto's Adaptive Technology Resource Centre"

Esmerel's Disability Resources
Esmerel's Collection of Canadian Disability Sites

Law Commission of Ontario Releases Six Commissioned
Research Papers on the Law as it Affects Persons with Disabilities

November 29, 2010
In January 2010, the LCO issued a Call for Research Papers related to its project on the Law as it Affects Persons with Disabilities. The Call closed on February 12, 2010. Six research papers were completed through this Call for Papers, as follows:
1. Enforcing the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Ontario’s Developmental Services System (ARCH Disability Law Centre)
2. The Shield Becomes the Sword: The Expansion of the Ameliorative Program Defence to Programs That Support Persons with Disabilities (ARCH Disability Law Centre)
3. A New Paradigm for Protecting Autonomy and the Right to Legal Capacity (Michael Bach and Lana Kerzner)
4. A Case Study Paper on Rights to Supports (Baker Law)
5. The Participation of Persons with Disabilities in the Decisions that Concern Them: the Example of Education (Professor Mona Paré, University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law (Civil)
6. A Principled Approach: Considering Eligibility Criteria for Disability-Related Support Programs Through a Rights-Outcome Lens (Lora Patton, Rita Samson and Brendan Pooran)
[ Click the above Law Commission link to access the papers below. ]

Source:
Law Commission of Ontario
The Law Commission of Ontario recommends law reform measures to make the law accessible to all Ontarians

www.handicaps.ca - [French only]
"un site Web conçu pour les personnes francophones vivant avec une déficience en Ontario"

"La vision des créateurs du site se définit comme suit :
- Créer un outil efficace et facile d’accès pour informer, regrouper et communiquer
- Favoriser la mise en commun de l’information et de l’expertise
- Faciliter la création de liens dans le Secteur des Besoins spéciaux
- Augmenter la visibilité des agences qui offrent des services aux personnes handicapées de l’Ontario
Le site offre un accès facile à l’information grâce à un répertoire de liens-ressources sur les programmes et services dans les domaines de l’accessibilité, l’éducation, l’impôt, les droits, le logement, l’emploi, la santé tandis que la bibliographie thématique présente une liste de sites classés par thèmes."

Learning Disabilities Resource Community (LDRC) - Canadian!
"The Learning Disabilities Resource Community has been developed to provide knowledge-building and communication tools for individuals and groups involved in the education of those with learning disabilities and to support research and development in associated fields. Our goal is to create a repository archiving Canada's knowledge of learning disabilities, and bring together all those across the country who are affected directly or indirectly by learning disabilities.

LDRC partners include: The University of Toronto's Adaptive Technology Resource Centre - The Learning Disabilities Association of Canada - The Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario - The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education - The Hospital for Sick Children's Learning Disabilities Research Program - The Office of Learning Technology - Community Learning Networks Initiative."
Excellent new resource, includes some great tools for information-sharing:
* A Chat that allows you to chat in real time with other members of the community who are also currently online.
* A Board to promote communication between all members of the LD community: linking researchers across Canada; linking experts to parents and teachers.
* A Who's On tool from which members can view profiles, page members currently online, or send private messages to another member.
* An Events Calendar where members can post, review, search and personalize a list of community events related to learning disabilities.
* A searchable Directory of LD-related organizations across Canada.
* A large collection of LD-related Web sites.
* A site Stats page (Stats Archives)

National Centre for Child Care Inclusion

Children with special needs: The need for child care
by SpeciaLink: The National Centre for Child Care Inclusion
What are the principles of inclusion? Why should child care be inclusive? What does research say about the benefits of inclusion? These questions are answered in a fact sheet from SpeciaLink.
April 2005

National Children’s Alliance (NCA)

Proceedings of the First National Roundtable on Children with Disabilities (December 2002)

Source:
First National Roundtable on Children with Disabilities
December 9 and 10, 2002 - Ottawa
The National Children’s Alliance held a national roundtable on December 9th and 10th, 2002 on the topic of Children with Disabilities.
The objective of this participatory event was to link research to practice and to policy using the lens of children with disabilities and their families.
Full agenda (PDF file - 31K, 5 pages)

Related Link:

Children with Disabilities and Their Families in Canada (PDF file - 118K, 33 pages)
A discussion paper commissioned by the NCA for the First National Roundtable on Children with Disabilities
Louise Hanvey
November 2002

National Institute of Disability Management and Research

International Forum on Disability Management
Vancouver, Canada May 27-29, 2002

Related Links:

Code of practice on managing disability in the workplace - (PDF file - 172K, 31 pages)
International Labour Organization
Tripartite Meeting of Experts on the Management of Disability at the Workplace
Geneva, October 2001

ILO Code seeks to improve job prospects for the disabled
Press Release
Friday 30 November 2001
Source : International Labour Organization

Ontario Association of Children's Rehabilitation Services (OACRS)
"The Ontario Association of Children's Rehabilitation Services (OACRS) promotes a province-wide, co-ordinated, community-based service system for children and youth with special needs and their families, and supports its member centres to achieve responsive, family-centred care.
OACRS, the Ontario Association of Children's Rehabilitation Services, is a non-profit independent organization representing, with a collective voice, the 19 children's treatment centres in Ontario.

Family Net
[version française : Entraide-Familles ]
The Family Net web site is committed to providing information and support to those families in Ontario who have a child or children with any kind of special need. Join us here, to find answers to your questions, share stories of your triumphs and to gain support from others who have 'walked a mile in your shoes'. Join us to improve your advocacy skills - individually and as a collective of families. Let's help each other."
- incl. links to : Today's News - About Family Net - Contact Family Net - Education - Parent to Parent - Community Resources - Our Sponsors - Letters and Opinions - News Archives - Rate Our Website -
Send a news tip - Ask Lindsay Moir - How to use this site - Search this site - Search for resources - Disability Links - Ministry Links - Advocacy Information - About OACRS

Parenting with a Disability Network - ... a Resource and Support Network (Toronto-based)
"
The Parenting with a Disability Network (PDN) is a peer support and information-sharing network for parents and prospective parents with a disability. The aim of PDN is to develop consumer friendly approaches to parenting with a disability by providing opportunities for networking, peer support, information-sharing and education."

Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN) - British Columbia
"PLAN is a registered non-profit charity created by and for families who have a relative with a disability.
We have two main functions:
1. To assist families plan a good life for their relative with a disability both now and in the future.
2. To ensure a safe and secure future by fulfilling the wishes of parents, after they die, or are otherwise unable to. We do this by supporting, monitoring and advocating for their son/daughter for the rest of their lives."
- incl. links to : About PLAN -Publications - Media Articles - Member Services - Forum - Our Vision & Our Beliefs - What We Do - Who We Are - Future Planning - Personal Networks - PLAN for Younger Families - Workshops - Join PLAN - Site Policy Statement - more...

Securing a Good Life for Our Family Members with Disabilities: A Proposal for Federal Reforms (PDF file - 179K, 7 pages)
August 22, 2003
- includes a number of proposals to help families plan for the time when they can no longer take care and provide financial assistance for their relative with a disability
- proposals include a new Registered Disability Savings Plan and Disability Expense Tax Deduction, improvement of the RRSP/RRIF rollover provisions, and better harmonization between Old Age Security with provincial disability pensions.

PLAN Affiliates
- contact and (where available) website URL for organizations in BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario and Quebec as well as Seattle (Washington) that are affiliated with PLAN.

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The next link below is to the PLAN affiliate in Ottawa.
I had the pleasure of speaking with a gentleman and his son who are part of the LNO during a recent fund-raising garden tour.
After visiting the PLAN and LNO websites, I thought this would be worth promoting, to ensure that families in these difficult situations are aware of this tremendous resource.
[Use the link above to visit other PLAN affiliates]

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Lifetime Networks Ottawa (LNO)
"LNO is a registered non-profit charity created by and for families who have a relative with a disability. We have two main functions. We help create a safe, secure and full life for their relative with a disability, and we make a commitment to provide lifetime advocacy and monitoring for people with disabilities. Lifetime Networks Ottawa helps ensure a safe and secure future by fulfilling the wishes of parents, after they die, or are otherwise unable to. We do this by supporting, monitoring and advocating for their son/daughter for the rest of their lives."

Related Links:

New Ingredients for the Fiscal Pie
December 2003
By Sherri Torjman
"...argues the need for exploring possible methods of expanding the ‘fiscal pie.’ It explores one possible model put forward by PLAN (Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network), a group of parents of children with severe disabilities. The group proposes a combination of private savings and public spending to help develop caring communities. (...) The proposal represents one idea in a range of possible savings and investment mechanisms to expand the fiscal pie – a direction which we should be debating seriously as a nation."
Complete report (PDF file - 19K, 3 pages)
Source:
Caledon Institute of Social Policy

Web Search Results : "Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network"
Source:
Google.ca

Roeher Institute
"The Roeher Institute is a leading policy-research and development organization. Its mission is to generate knowledge, information and skills to secure the inclusion, citizenship, human rights and equality of people with intellectual and other disabilities."


Social Research and Demonstration Corporation

The Disability Supports Feasibility Study: Final Report (PDF file - 460K, 112 pages)
June 2003
"The Disability Supports Feasibility Study (DSFS) pilot project provided supports to unemployed people with disabilities to help them find work and keep working. Unlike many support programs, DSFS did not assess an individual’s need for a particular support. Instead, people with disabilities could purchase any support they wanted from a list of eligible supports (up to a monthly maximum expenditure). (...) The study concluded that it was feasible to operate a DSFS-type program offering disability and employment supports."

SpeciaLink
"SpeciaLink puts researchers, policy makers, parents, early childhood educators and directors in touch with the best inclusive practices on the frontlines of Canadian child care. SpeciaLink's goal is to expand the quality and quantity of inclusion in child care for children with special needs. Our findings are available to EVERYONE."

Inclusion: The Next Generation in Child Care in Canada
August 2004
"...provides a snapshot of current inclusion practices in child care in Canada. This book investigates what makes inclusion work, what makes quality child care for children with special needs a reality. As we enter the third generation, Inclusion: The Next Generation focuses on critical roles and resources that sustain existing inclusive programs and that encourage more centres to enroll children with special needs.
By Sharon Hope Irwin, Donna S. Lero and Kathleen Brophy
Complete report (PDF file - 1MB, 282 pages)
Highlights (PDF file - 670K, 32 pages)

WORKink - The Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work
"WORKink is Canada’s largest Virtual Employment Resource Centre for Job Seekers with Disabilities!"
- employment and recruitment resources and services for:
* Job seekers with disabilities * Employers looking to create an inclusive workplace, and * Career professionals who are looking to assist their clients in connecting with meaningful, sustainable employment.
- includes a national site and one for each province and territory
- incl. links to : Articles - News Releases - Events - Job Seekers - Employers - Professionals - YOUTHink - Entrepreneurs - Aboriginals - Newcomers - Links Database - Online Counselling - About WORKink - About DiversI.T.ink - About PWIP - About CCRW - Partners - Contact - Search

WORKink Programs and Services:
Consultation - Disability Awareness Series - Employment Services - Workplace Inclusion Program - Job Accommodation Service - Membership - Partners for Workplace Inclusion Program - Skills Training Partnership - Youth Initiatives - WORKink

WORKink's provincial sites
WORKink provincial sites are a collaboration between WORKink National site and local provincial/territorial community agency partners to provide a balanced mix of national and local information.

WORKink Links Database - a large collection of links that visitors can browse by jurisdiction or by category in the following areas: Accommodation - Assistive Devices - Adaptive Technology - Advice on Work Search and Work Search Resources - Counsellors Resources - Education - Entrepreneurship and Small Business - Government departments and agencies responsible for Employment, Education, and Training - Labour Market Information - Links to Newspapers, Magazines, and other online publications - Search Tools - Self Assessment Tools - Service Organizations

WORKink @ Workopolis
"workopolis.com and the Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work (CCRW) are pleased to welcome you to WORKink – Canada’s premier site for job seekers with disabilities. This site brings together the benefits of CCRW’s WORKink site with those of workopolis.com – Canada’s biggest job site. (...)
The new service assists job seekers with disabilities in finding employment opportunities on-line, and provides on-line career counselling and advice to improve their job search process. This is the second major relationship established by Workopolis as part of its diversity program, which began in 2001 through a partnership with the CNIB – resulting in another site, cnib.workopolis.com - to help develop the careers of Canadians with vision disabilities."
cnib.workopolis.com -the CNIB's national job seeker database and Employment Accommodation Service.
Workopolis.com
WORKink - The Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work

Selected Provincial-Territorial Disability Links

New Brunswick

Directory of Financial Aid for for Persons with Disabilities in New Brunswick
Directory of Services Offered to Persons with Disabilities in New Brunswick

Check both of these links...
[incl. links to other directories : Financial Assistance for Students with Disabilities in N.B. - Sources of Funding Assistance and/or Rehabilitation Equipment Loans Programs - Directory of Career Counseling and Job Placement Services - Funding Sources for Barrier-Free Access]

Source:
Premier's Council on the Status of Disabled Persons

Response to final report of N.B. Disability Framework Working Group
News Release
Sept. 5, 2003
"The government's response to the final report of the New Brunswick Disability Framework Working Group was released today by Family and Community Services Minister Tony Huntjens".
Source: Family and Community Services

Response to final report (short summary + links)
"The report contains 24 recommendations to improve services to persons with disabilities, by developing a new disability policy framework. Government accepts in principle the majority of the recommendations. Work will now be carried out toward establishing, through the implementation of pilot projects, a person-centred approach that empowers persons with disabilities to participate as full citizens of New Brunswick."

Response to the Report of the New Brunswick Disability Framework Working Group (PDF file - 205K, 16 pages)
September 2003

Report of the New Brunswick Disability Framework
Working Group (PDF file - 483K, 59 pages)
October 2002

Related Link:

New Disability Framework Working Group for New Brunswick
News Release
Office of the Premier
February 19, 2002

Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia Community Organization Network
"The Community Organization Network links people in Nova Scotia with disabilities and health challenges to resources and services that promote active healthy independent living"
Great resource for people with disabilities in Nova Scotia - hundreds of links to support organizations, and plenty of excellent content...

 Nova Scotia Disabled Persons Commission

Québec

Office des personnes handicapées du Québec (OPHQ) (French only)
 - La réforme de la sécurité du revenu, un parcours vers l’insertion, la formation et l’emploi (Critique de l'OPHQ - février 1997)

Ontario

Ontario, B.C and Alberta

Income Support for Persons With Disabilities [in Ontario, B.C and Alberta] - (PDF - 1.5MB, 21 pages)
By
Ronald Kneebone and Oksana Grynishak
This paper examines the criteria disabled persons in Ontario, B.C and Alberta must meet in order to receive income-support. The authors also trace variations of monthly payment levels in relation to political exigencies and inflationary pressures affecting the cost of living. By crunching these numbers, the authors reveal whether disability funding in these three provinces is enough to cover the basic needs of the people who receive support.

Press Release:

Sept. 21, 2011
University of Calgary: Alberta, Ontario barely meeting needs of people with disabilities - BC failing
New study compares support for disabled across three provinces
Calgary, AlbertaALGARY, ALBERTA --
Most people will agree that a fundamental role of government is to provide a safety net for people who are disabled and have no source of income. However, in a groundbreaking comparative study released today by The School of Public Policy, Prof. Ron Kneebone reveals a disparity between the support provided by BC, Alberta and Ontario to disabled residents, and argues that BC is failing to provide for basic needs.

Source:
School of Public Policy
[ University of Calgary ]

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Ontario Disability Support Program

Penalized for working? Disabled [on ODSP] lose 50 cents on every dollar earned
May 23, 2011
By Laurie Monsebraaten
(...) Earning rules and administrative practices are one of the reasons why those who rely on Ontario’s welfare system for the disabled are 11 times more likely to be unemployed than the average Ontarian, says a new report by advocates for the mentally ill. While 49 per cent of Ontarians with disabilities are employed, just 11 per cent on the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) are working, says the report, to be released Tuesday.

The report What Stops Us From Working? calls on Queen’s Park to allow those receiving ODSP to earn up to $300 a month with no clawbacks for one year and to be able to reconcile earnings annually rather than monthly. The government should also “help make work pay” for this group by streamlining ODSP earnings rules with other social programs such as subsidized housing and child care and by expanding ODSP employment supports, says the report, obtained by the Star.

[ Comments (136) ]

Source:
Toronto Star

Complete report:

What stops us from working?
New ways to make work pay, by fixing the treatment
of earnings under the Ontario Disability Support Program
(PDF - 1.2MB, 32 pages)
http://www.camh.ca/en/hospital/about_camh/influencing_public_policy/Documents/ODSP%20Report%20final.pdf
By John Stapleton and Stephanie Procyk
May 2011

Source:
This paper is a collaboration among three organizations:

The Dream Team is a group of psychiatric consumer/survivors who advocate for more supportive housing in Ontario for people with mental health issues. Dream Team members demonstrate and promote the life-altering benefits of supportive housing, by telling their own stories, conducting and presenting research, and standing up for human rights.

Houselink Community Homes is a non-profit, charitable agency based in Toronto. It provides supportive housing to people living with mental illness. Houselink makes it possible for people living with mental illness to build meaningful lives on their own terms.

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health is Canada's largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital. CAMH combines clinical care, research, education, policy development, and health promotion to help transform the lives of people affected by mental illness and addiction.

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More coverage
in the Toronto Star
:

Good jobs a lifeline for people with mental illness
May 28, 2011
By Dr. Kwame McKenzie
I count myself lucky. When I arrived in Canada four years ago, I had a job and it helped me find community, colleagues and friends. Work helped me connect with Toronto. Most of my clients are not so lucky. Living with the stigma and symptoms of a severe mental health problem is challenging enough. But they have to add to that the social isolation that comes with being jobless. Many people with schizophrenia and other serious mental illnesses do not work, and many have been told they cannot work. Yet an interesting thing happens when they do find employment — their health improves. Study after study has confirmed that a good job is good for their health. Their quality of life goes way up. Their use of health services goes way down. (...) If you have a mental health problem, you are on ODSP and you may lose so many benefits that it is simply not worth your while financially to work. You actually lose money by going to work. That is enough to put most people off. This is a shame because a job is more than the money — it is a link to the rest of the community and it is good for your health.
The Dream Team, Houselink Community Homes and CAMH have been working together on recommendations that take a different approach. ODSP could balance its administrative imperatives with a determined focus on supporting people to work. This would make a significant difference in the lives of the people I treat.

[ Author Dr. Kwame McKenzie is a senior scientist within the Social Equity and Health Research section at CAMH. ]

Ease the path to work
May 23, 2011
Ontario’s disability support program is supposed to keep people from falling into destitution because of their disability and help find jobs for those who can work. At just $1,053 a month for a single person the rate is so low that it fails utterly in its first goal. And, once someone receives that cheque, hundreds of punitive rules kick in that undermine the program’s second goal as well. As the Star’s Laurie Monsebraaten reports, Ontarians on disability support who have tried to improve their financial circumstance (and reduce their reliance on taxpayers) by doing some work have found themselves even poorer than before. This makes no sense. Provincial officials — from Premier Dalton McGuinty down to the worker behind the glass window at a disability support office — must know that.

Related link:

Open Policy Ontario is the social policy consultancy of John Stapleton.

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ODSP Action Coalition
The ODSP [Ontario Disability Support Program] Action Coalition is made up of community clinic caseworkers, agency staff, and community activists. We undertake campaigns and activities designed to raise awareness of issues affecting persons in receipt of Ontario Disability Support Program benefits. The ODSP Action Coalition was formed in 2002 as a coalition of lawyers, community workers and consumers. The coalition is leading the campaign to document and publicize problems with ODSP and has engaged in lobbying and advocacy to encourage solutions to those problems.
- incl. links to: * About Us * Campaigns * Resources * Coalition Activities * Help for Recipients * Links * Contact Us

Endorse the Disability Declaration
October 6, 2009
The ODSP Action Coalition is requesting individuals and groups to endorse our Disability Declaration. The Declaration sets out some of the rights that people with disabilities have according to the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities, and then states what changes the Ontario government needs to make to ODSP to fulfill those rights. Although Canada has not yet ratified the Convention, the Coalition believes it is important for people with disabilities and organizations that work with them to use it in articulating how and why their needs must be met.

Law Commission of Ontario Releases Six Commissioned
Research Papers on the Law as it Affects Persons with Disabilities

November 29, 2010
In January 2010, the LCO issued a Call for Research Papers related to its project on the Law as it Affects Persons with Disabilities. The Call closed on February 12, 2010. Six research papers were completed through this Call for Papers, as follows:
1. Enforcing the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Ontario’s Developmental Services System (ARCH Disability Law Centre)
2. The Shield Becomes the Sword: The Expansion of the Ameliorative Program Defence to Programs That Support Persons with Disabilities (ARCH Disability Law Centre)
3. A New Paradigm for Protecting Autonomy and the Right to Legal Capacity (Michael Bach and Lana Kerzner)
4. A Case Study Paper on Rights to Supports (Baker Law)
5. The Participation of Persons with Disabilities in the Decisions that Concern Them: the Example of Education (Professor Mona Paré, University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law (Civil)
6. A Principled Approach: Considering Eligibility Criteria for Disability-Related Support Programs Through a Rights-Outcome Lens (Lora Patton, Rita Samson and Brendan Pooran)
[ Click the above Law Commission link to access the papers below. ]

Source:
Law Commission of Ontario
The Law Commission of Ontario recommends law reform measures to make the law accessible to all Ontarians

For Ontario parents
of children with physical or developmental disabilities

Ontario parents who are getting on in years and who are caring at home for a child with a developmental or physical disability have a new resource, just released by Reena, a Thornhill, Ontario social services agency established by parents of children with developmental disabilities, as a practical alternative to institutions. The new 34-page brochure, entitled What you can do to enhance the quality of life for a family member with a disability - Consider a Henson Trust, will help those parents who have some savings in setting up a trust fund to cover their child's special or emergency needs without affecting his/her eligibility for government financial assistance.

What you can do to enhance the quality of life
for a family member with a disability - Consider a Henson Trust
*(PDF - 972K, 34 pages)
By Harry Beatty, Mary Louise Dickson and John Stapleton
"Caring for a family member with a disability, and planning for their support for a whole lifetime, is a big responsibility. It poses special problems and challenges. A trust can be an ideal solution if you want to provide some money for a relative. With a trust, your loved one can continue to receive Ontario Disability Support (ODSP) benefits [Ontario's needs-tested social assistance program for people with disabilities]. The trust money can help with extra expenses such as items and services they need, and holidays. (...) This booklet is written specifically for families who want to help support a relative who receives ODSP benefits. It explains how you can help your family member without affecting their ODSP benefits."

[* A "Henson Trust" is a trust which gives the trustee or trustees absolute discretion to make decisions on behalf of the beneficiary, following the precedent established by the Henson case decided by the Ontario Courts in the 1980s [from the report's glossary]. Aging parents who are no longer able to care for their disabled child at home may apply on behalf of the child for benefits in his/her own right under the Ontario Disability Support Program. If those parents have some savings that they wish to pass along to cover some of the needs their disabled child, they have to be careful to avoid disqualifying their child from ODSP by exceeding the asset limit exemption levels.]

This brochure will also interest (1) organizations for groups of parents in similar situations in other Canadian jurisdictions, and (2) anyone who wants to learn more about needs-tested social assistance for people with disabilities in Ontario
- incl. links to related resources online

Source:
Reena
"...a non-profit social service agency dedicated to integrating individuals who have a developmental disability into the mainstream of society. Reena was established in 1973 by parents of children with developmental disabilities, as a practical alternative to institutions."

Related links:

Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN)
PLAN is a BC-based non-profit organization, established in 1989 by and for families committed to future planning and securing a good life for their relative with a disability.

PLAN's BC Resources
- includes In Trust: How to Set Up Your Own Trust & Still Be Eligible for Disability Benefits in BC, 1999 (PDF - 541K, 44 pages)

Lifetime Networks Ottawa

From the Ministry of Community and Social Services:

Making Ontario’s Communities Accessible for all its Citizens
A message from Sandra Pupatello
Minister Responsible for Ontarians with Disabilities
September 1, 2005
"We have already begun to see the results from our efforts – the passage into law of the historic Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and support from people with disabilities, the private sector, the broader public sector, all government ministries and individuals from every walk of life.(...) I am excited about my new role as minister responsible for people with disabilities."

Paths to Equal Opportunity
"The Government of Ontario presents the Gateway to Diversity and the Gateway to Accessibility with resources for business and service providers that will help them create inclusive workplaces and to remove the barriers which prevent full independence and opportunity for people with disabilities."

Links - to 1200+ organizations in Canada, the U.S. and around the world, mostly disability-related.

A-Z Index of resources --- thousands of online resources, organized by subject

Guide to Government of Ontario Programs and Services for People with Disabilities - 3rd edition (revised)

December 13, 2005
McGuinty Government Launches New Accessibility Council
News Release
"TORONTO — The McGuinty government’s commitment to accessibility is getting a big boost today with the appointment of CITY-TV veteran David Onley and community leader Tracy MacCharles to lead the province’s new Accessibility Standards Advisory Council, Minister of Community and Social Services Sandra Pupatello announced today."

Frequently Asked Questions about the
Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005

New Accessibility Law Now In Effect
Accessibility For Ontarians With Disabilities Act, 2005 Receives Royal Assent

News Release
June 14 , 2005
"QUEEN'S PARK – The landmark Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act – legislation that will break down barriers for people with disabilities – received Royal assent and is now the law, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Dr. Marie Bountrogianni announced today."

Bill 118, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005
- incl. links to the First, Second and Third Reading copies as well as dates for each stage of the legislative process

Highlights of Bill 118
Accessibility Standards Advisory Council

New Era of Accessibility Begins in Ontario
Legislature Approves New Accessibility Law
News Release
May 10, 2005

Google.ca News Search Results : "Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act"
Google.ca Web Search Results : "Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act"
Source:
Google.ca

Real Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities:
Every Ontarian Benefits When We Tap Into The Potential Of Each Ontarian

News Release
October 12, 2004
"TORONTO -- New legislation to be introduced today is designed to strengthen Ontario's economy and society by making Ontario fully accessible for people with disabilities, says Premier Dalton McGuinty. 'Every Ontarian deserves the opportunity to learn, work and play to their fullest potential,' said Premier McGuinty. 'And every Ontarian benefits when we tap into the potential of each Ontarian.' The bill is strong, effective, comprehensive legislation that would, if passed, help remove barriers faced by people with disabilities. The proposed new legislation would replace the Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2001, which was dismissed by advocates for people with disabilities as ineffective." [bolding added]
Background Information
Source:
Ontario Premier's Office

Ontario Liberal Government Introduces New Disability Accessibility Bill:
Major Stride Forward In Our Decade-Long Campaign
Ontarians with Disabilities Act Committee, North Bay Chapter
October 12, 2004

Community Living Ontario - Building Inclusive Communities
"Community Living Ontario advocates for, promotes and facilitates the full participation, inclusion and citizenship of people who have an intellectual disability. (...) Community Living Ontario is a province-wide federation, rooted in a strong network of individuals who have an intellectual disability, families, friends, member organizations and community partners. It will be guided by, adhere to and strive to achieve its Goal and Vision in all its actions."
- incl. links to information in the following areas : Todays News -
Advocacy - Community Participation - Education - Employment - Family Support - Government - Human Rights - Self-Planning - Letters and Opinions - Search this site - News Archives. Also includes an extensive Directory and a Calendar of Events
Links to other Canadian Associations for Community Living

Related Link:
Canadian Association for Community Living

Ontario Health Coalition Report Paints Disturbing Picture of Ontario’s Privatized Long Term Care
Ontario Health Coalition
Media Release - May 27, 2002
Source : DAWN DisAbled Women's Network - Ontario

Ownership Matters: Lessons from Ontario's Long-Term Care Facilities
"On May 27, 2002 the Ontario Health Coalition released Ownership Matters: Lessons from Ontario's Long-Term Care Facilities. This is a report prepared for the Hospital Employees' Union of British Columbia by the OHC which examines the effect of the Ontario Tory government's privatization of Long Term Care on the quality of care and patients."
Complete report
(25 printed pages)
Boomers beware* - this report contains some disturbing information for those of us who will be unfortunate enough to require care in a long term care facility in Ontario in our waning years. Here's a short list of the findings contained in the report :
"- Ontarians in long term care facilities receive extremely low levels of service compared to other jurisdictions.
- Ontarians in long term care facilities are among the oldest and the sickest but receive the least therapy, rehabilitation and nursing care.
- Basic accommodation costs in Ontario' s long term care facilities are among the highest in the country.
- Staff workloads, overtime and accident and injury rates are on the increase.
- Minimum standards and facility inspections have decreased in the last half decade.
- The "second tier" - percentage of beds held for residents who pay a surcharge - has increased while the percentage of beds held for those who can' t afford the premium rates has decreased.
- Connections between government and private owner/operators are unprecedented."
(*not just Ontario boomers either...)

My own mother had a stroke in the fall of 1995, leaving her paralysed on her left side and with some cognitive difficulties. I don't have any cognitive difficulties, however, and I've seen the steady erosion of the quality of care in the three long term care facilities where my mother has lived since then. Reduced levels of care, downsizing, lack of adequate training for new staff, morale problems, more residents suffering from depression, and, oh, yeah --- increasing demand. In April 1998, the Ontario government announced a $1 billion investment to create 20,000 new long-term care beds across the province. Read the report to find out why this turns out to be a building bonanza for the private sector.("The corporations that helped to
bring the Conservatives to power were eager to capitalize on that desperation. It now seems they'll been given their chance - at the taxpayer's expense.")
Source: Ontario Health Coalition

Ontarians with Disabilities Act Committee
"...a voluntary coalition of individuals and community organizations who have united to secure the passage in Ontario of a new law which would achieve a barrier-free society for persons with disabilities."
O.D.A. Major Documents in Chronological Order - two dozen key documents (Updated to July 13, 2002)

Ontario Association for Community Living
 - Response to Bill 142 (Social Assistance Reform Act) - Submission by OACL to the Standing Committee on Social Development

Bringing Down the Barriers: The Labour Market and Women with Disabilities in Ontario
Canadian Council on Social Development
(CCSD)
May 2, 2000

Communiqué
Highlights Brochure
Resource People
Full Report
- go to the CCSD Home Page

Manitoba

$30-Million strategy opening doors for Manitobans with Disability
New Investments Kick-start Consultations to Build Foundation for Comprehensive Strategy
June 4, 2009
News Release
The province is renewing its commitment to a long-term strategy for Manitobans who have disabilities with a $30-million down payment on more accessible housing, enhanced access to public buildings, more support for children with disabilities in child care, better employment services and improved supports for caregivers, Family Services and Housing Minister Gord Mackintosh, minister responsible for persons with disabilities, announced today. (...) As a basis for consultations, Mackintosh released a document that focuses on 10 priorities for action as the province seeks to build on its 2001 strategy: Full Citizenship: A Manitoba Strategy on Disability.

The new discussion paper:

Opening Doors: Manitoba's Commitment to Persons with Disabilities (PDF 1.83MB, 46 pages)
June 2009
(...) In 2001, the Manitoba Government released Full Citizenship: A Manitoba Provincial Strategy on Disability – a policy document detailing the province’s vision for the full participation and inclusion of persons with disabilities in Manitoba. Over the past eight years, this strategy has guided the province’s approach to disability. We have made significant strides in each of the strategy’s four building blocks: income support, access to government, disability supports and employment for persons with disabilities. (...) The goal of this discussion paper is to expand on the vision for persons with disabilities that was outlined in the 2001 strategy.

Manitoba's 2001 strategy:

Full Citizenship: A Manitoba Strategy on Disability (2001)
The White Paper, Full Citizenship: A Manitoba Strategy on Disability, proposes a comprehensive Provincial strategy on disability. It responds to recommendations from the disabilities community in the areas of access to government, employment, disability supports, services to Aboriginal persons with disabilities and income supports. It further proposes measures to enhance government accountability for access and inclusion of persons with disabilities.

Source:
Manitoba Disabilities Issues Office
[ Manitoba Family Services and Housing ]

2002/03 - 2003/04 Employability Assistance for People with Disabilities (EAPD) Report
May 18, 2005
"This Canada-Manitoba Agreement on Employability Assistance for People with Disabilities (EAPD) Report describes activities that were cost-shared under the EAPD Agreement during the 2002/03 and 2003/04 fiscal years. The EAPD Agreement provides for the transfer of federal funding to provinces and territories for a range of programs and services that enhance the economic participation of working age adults with disabilities in the labour market. Programs and services eligible for funding under the EAPD Agreement must provide the skills, experience and supports necessary to assist persons with disabilities prepare for, attain and retain employment. Funding is also provided for programs and services for individuals who are experiencing vocational crisis."

Related Links:

Labour Market Agreement for Persons with Disabilities (LMAPD)
Baseline Report 2004-2005

November 2004
"This Canada-Manitoba Labour Market Agreement for Persons with Disabilities (LMAPD) Baseline Report describes objectives, services, target populations and planned expenditures for programs and services to be cost-shared under the LMAPD Multilateral Framework for the 2004/05 fiscal year. Societal indicators of labour market participation from Statistics Canada.s Participation Activity Limitation Survey for Canada and Manitoba are also included. The LMAPD provides for the transfer of federal funding to provinces and territories for a range of programs and services that enhance the economic participation of working age adults with disabilities in the labour market. Programs and services eligible for funding under the LMAPD must recognize the unique labour market challenges faced by persons with disabilities and consider the distinct needs of each individual with a disability in determining the set of interventions required to prepare for, attain and retain employment."

Manitoba Services for People with Disabilities
Source:
Manitoba Family Services and Housing

Government of Canada invests more than $7.2 million to support the full inclusion of Canadians with disabilities
News Release
April 25, 2005
"WINNIPEG, MANITOBA—Ken Dryden, Minister of Social Development, announced $7,224,608 in funding to help Canadians with disabilities become full participants in learning, work and community life. The funding announcement was made today. (...) The Government of Canada is investing in the organizations through the Social Development Partnerships Program — Disability component (SDPP-D), which includes the Community Inclusion Initiative.
- incl. Backgrounder with more detail about SDPP-D and multi-year organizational grant funding
Source:
Social Development Canada

EAPD Annual Report 2000/01 - 2001/02 (PDF - 662 KB; 51 pages)
Employability Assistance for People with Disabilities (EAPD) Agreement Annual Report
Source:
Persons with disabilities (links to resources for people with disabilities)
[ Manitoba Family Services and Housing ]

Improvements to Exemptions for People with Disabilities Receiving Employment and Income Assistance Announced
April 14, 2003
"Manitobans with disabilities living in the community can now use certain lump-sum payments to improve their quality of life, without affecting their Employment and Income Assistance (EIA) benefits (...) The new exemptions for EIA were developed with the community and allow people to obtain enhanced disability supports."
Related Links:
Department of Family Services and Housing
Employment and Income Assistance (EIA)

Canadian Centre on Disability Studies (Manitoba)

Disabled Peoples' International (based in Manitoba)

Saskatchewan

Office of Disability Issues (from the Department of Social Services)

Employability Assistance for People with Disabilities (EAPD)
The EAPD Program provides funding to assist adults with disabilities to prepare for, secure and maintain employment.

From Saskatchewan Social Services:

Income Program Opens to People with Long-Term Disabilities
November 3, 2009
People with significant, long-term disabilities no longer have to rely on social assistance following the launch of the province's new Saskatchewan Assured Income for Disability program (SAID). More than 3,000 people who are eligible for the new program have been invited to enroll by the Ministry of Social Services, as part of the program's implementation, with the first benefits to be paid for the month of December.
Source:
Government of Saskatchewan News Service

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From Saskatchewan Social Services:

PROVINCE LAUNCHES NEW PROGRAM FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
News Release
May 13, 2009
Beginning this fall, thousands of Saskatchewan people will no longer need to depend on social assistance for their basic living costs, following the announcement today of a new income support program for people with disabilities. (...) The new program will begin on October 1, 2009, when the first group of recipients - an estimated 3,000 Saskatchewan people with disabilities - will be enrolled and begin to receive benefits. The initial group will be individuals currently on social assistance with long-standing and well-documented disabilities. Over time, enrollment in the new program is expected to reach between 8,000 and 10,000 people.

Questions and answers about
the new Disability Income Support Program
(PDF - 38K, 4 pages)

Final Recommendations of the
Task Team on Income Support for People with Disabilities
(PDF - 218K, 17 pages)
May 13, 2009

Appendices to the
Final Recommendations of the Task Team on Income Support for People with Disabilities
(PDF - 815K, 133 pages)
May 2009

See also:

Office of Disability Issues
The Office of Disability Issues serves as a focal point for government initiatives on disabilities. The Office is a vehicle for collaboration and partnership with the disability community.
The Ministry of Social Services hosts the Office
[ Information Materials (reports & resources) ]

Source:
Saskatchewan Social Services

Related links:

Response to Government Announcement:
People with Significant Disabilities See an End to Welfare

An historic step was taken by the Government of Saskatchewan towards improving the lives of people with disabilities yesterday. Minister of Social Services, Donna Harpauer, announced that a separate, dignified income system for people of disabilities would be launched on October 1, 2009.
Source:
Saskatchewan Disability Income Support Coalition (DISC)
DISC was formed by a large cross section of disability advocates, consumers and organizations across Saskatchewan who are committed to advocating for a respectful, dignified and adequate income support system. DISC members have joined together to speak as one voice, working towards a distinct (or separate) income system for people with disabilities that will be built on our common vision and principles.

DISC Resources
- incl. links to :
*A Question of Citizenship - The Argument for Adequate Income Support for People with Disabilities
* DISC Survey Report - A survey of Saskatchewan citizens with disabilities who utilize social assistance was conducted in the winter of 2007. The purpose of this research was to capture stories about the experience of being on social assistance as a person with a disability and to identify their suggestions for change.
* Conclusions from a Review of Eligibility Requirements in Income Security Programs in Canada

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Sask. introducing income support program for people with disabilities
May 13, 2009
Saskatchewan people with disabilities who can't earn income will no longer have to go on social assistance but will instead have their own tailored income-support program, the provincial government said Wednesday. While it won't immediately mean more money for people with disabilities, improvements to the program should be easier down the road because the assistance will be targeted, said Social Services Minister Donna Harpauer.
Source:
CBC

Saskatchewan : New exemption will benefit people with disabilities and parents of children with disabilities
News Release
September 4, 2008
Individuals with disabilities and parents of children with disabilities in Saskatchewan will be able to better plan for the future, following the exemption of Registered Disability Savings Plans (RDSPs) from social assistance calculations. The exemption means that RDSP assets and income - including funds withdrawn for payment to a beneficiary - will not be included when determining eligibility for the Saskatchewan Assistance Program.
Source:
Saskatchewan Social Services
[ Government of Saskatchewan ]

Context:
In the determination of financial eligibility for needs-tested welfare or disability benefits,
each province and territory decides how it will treat assets and income from various sources, both at the point of application and on an ongoing basis.

Related link:

Saskatchewan Exempts the RDSP
September 4, 2008
Exciting news! Yet another province has decided to exempt the RDSP from affecting Disability Benefits. Saskatchewan put out a news release earlier today from the Ministry of Social Services indicating that the RDSP will not affect the calculations for those receiving social assistance, exempting both the RDSP as an asset and income. (...) This a a very exciting development for people in Saskatchewan as it now means they, along with BC, Newfoundland, and Yukon, can fully utilize the benefits that the RDSP provides.
Source:
Registered Disability Savings Plan Blog --- everything you wanted to know about the RDSP....

The RDSP Blog is a product of the
Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN)
PLAN is a non-profit organization, established in 1989 by and for families committed to future planning and securing a good life for their relative with a disability.

Recent posting on the RDSP Blog:

TOP 10 Reasons Provinces/Territories Should Exempt
the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) as an Asset and Income

August 14, 2008

Alberta

Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH) - income assistance for Albertans with disabilities
http://humanservices.alberta.ca/disability-services/aish.html
AISH provides a maximum monthly living allowance of $1,588 (in Feb. 2015) to assist clients living in the community. The living allowance may be reduced if a client and their cohabiting partner receive non-exempt income, or if a client resides in a Government of Alberta group home.

AISH Policy Manual
http://humanservices.alberta.ca/AWonline/AISH/7180.html
AISH provides assistance to adult Albertans with a permanent disability that substantially limits their ability to earn a living. AISH provides a monthly living allowance, a child benefit, health benefits, and personal benefits. Benefits are provided to assist clients with their living needs and with living as independently as possible. In addition to the monthly living allowance, personal benefits help AISH clients with extra monthly or one-time expenses. In determining an individual’s eligibility to receive AISH benefits, consideration is given to the applicant, client and their cohabiting partner’s income and assets.

AISH Program Resources (AISH Tip Sheets, Forms, Legislation, Online Policy Manual and Other Information for Albertans with Disabilities)
http://humanservices.alberta.ca/disability-services/aish-program-resources.html

Dept. responsible:
Human Services

http://humanservices.alberta.ca/

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Alberta Committee of Citizens with Disabilities

British Columbia

Disability Resource Network of BC (DRN) --- British Columbia
"The Disability Resource Network (DRN) is a provincial organization committed to providing programs and services, professional development, resources and news events that affect individuals who have a disability (disabilities), in the British Columbia Post Secondary Education system."
- incl. online info and links to BC Institutions - the World Health Organization definition of disability - news and events - materials - info by type of disability - etc.
DRN Site Map - all links on a single page..

Self Advocate Net (British Columbia)
Sponsored by the Ministry of Human Resources, this great site from Abbotsford in BC's Fraser Valley is an excellent example of how well partnerships between government, the private sector and the NGO sector can nurture and support communities that might otherwise be marginalized.
"SelfAdvocateNet.com is a strong voice for people with intellectual disabilities during the good times and the difficult times. We like to let people know what is possible if they speak up and stand up for their rights. We want to share the positive experiences through other peoples' stories and learn from their situations. But we also want to let people know about the important issues that are coming up that we need to face so that we will be safe in our communities and treated with respect."
- incl. links to About Us - FAQ - Music - Movies - Health and Wellness - Dear Jill - Democracy Wall - Photos - Our Stories- Groups - News - Links - Guestbook - Maps - Useful Tools - Barb's Tidbits - James' Ideas - Site map

Links to 150+ sites of interest
News - 50+ links to relevant news and background information on health care and disability issues in British Columbia, from Enabling Technology For The Disabled to a description and link to the BC Benefits Disability Benefits program

[note: see also the Persons with Disabilities section of the unofficial Social Union page]

Web page accessibility

Web Accessibility Initiative
The Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) is an initiative by W3 to make the internet usable for people with disabilities. Most of their guidelines are easy to implement, without detracting from the general style and look of your page.

Bobby - Page Troubleshooter
Analyzes web pages for their accessibility to people with disabilities as well as their compatibility with various browsers

Online conversion tools for Adobe PDF Documents
Convert PDF files to HTML online or via e-mail, in English et en français!

How to Create Accessible Adobe PDF Files
"...a step-by-step guide that covers the basics for creating and optimizing Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) files so that they can be made accessible to users with disabilities such as blindness or low vision. This guide tells you how you can use Adobe Acrobat 5.0 software and Adobe Acrobat Capture 3.0 software to optimize your documents for distribution as Adobe PDF files that can be read easily with the aid of Windows-based assistive technology such as screen readers."
Source: Adobe

Assistive Technology Links - updated link
"Led by Industry Canada, this site will assist persons with disabilities and employers to find information on assistive technologies, accommodation issues and accessible information."
- incl. links to tools to help people who buy electronic or information technology or other services for their organization to ensure "universal accessibility" of products and services.
- also includes links to federal and provincial government accessibility websites (+ nine related international sites)

Workplace Accommodation Toolkit - excellent collection of information on how to accommodate the workplace for a person with a disability. Covers a number of areas, including : General Office Accommodations - Hardware - Media and Content - Software - Telecommunication Products - Training - Web sites / Web Applications.

Source: Industry Canada

Related site:
Starling Access Services - "Access a World of Possibility"

AbilityHub.com - Assistive Technology for people with disabilities
"AbilityHub.com's purpose is to help you find information on adaptive equipment and alternative methods available for accessing computers."
The creator and webmaster of AbilityHub.com is Dan Gilman, a certified Assistive Technology Practitioner who has dedicated his efforts to assist disabled individuals who require Assistive Technology to access the computer. This is an American website whose excellent content reaches far beyond geographic borders.
- incl. links to : Augmentative Alternative Communication (software, devices) - Blind & Visually Impaired - Cognitive Disabilities - Deaf and Hard of Hearing - Electronic Aids to Daily Living - Mouse Alternatives - Keyboard Alternatives - Switch Access - Text - To - Speech - Speech Recognition

AbilityHub.com Links to Disability Related Resources - organized under the following headings : Americans Disabilities Act - CareGivers - Computer Access - Disability Health - Disability Rings - Housing - Employment - Independent Living Aids - Organizations, Support Groups - Personal Attendant Care - Search Engines and Directories - Teaching / Training - Vehicles / Travel - Wheelchairs / Seating Devices - Miscellaneous Disability Sites

Home Page Reader Limited Edition Download Page - free from IBM!
"Home Page Reader Limited Edition is easy to use and also provides an on-line help facility that helps you understand the various features of the product. Speech synthesis is available in both UK and US English. The limited edition does not include an E-mail module, a learning tutorial nor technical support."
Source: IBM





U.S. and international links
(Selected links, in reverse chronological order, most recent additions at the top)


Disability.gov
(formerly DisabilityInfo.gov)
Disability.gov is the federal government website for comprehensive information on disability programs and services in communities nationwide. The site links to more than 14,000 resources from federal, state and local government agencies; academic institutions; and nonprofit organizations

Information by Topic:
(On Disability.gov home page)
* Benefits * Civil Rights * Community Life * Education * Emergency Preparedness * Employment * Health * Housing * Technology * Transportation

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- Go to the Links to American Government Social Research Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/us.htm

The tattered safety net for the disabled
http://goo.gl/JwrNj
May 12, 2012
Most warnings about skyrocketing entitlement spending come accompanied by a day of reckoning far off in the future (though that day is coming closer). Not so in a little-noticed but fast-growing corner of Social Security: coverage for those with disabilities. The latest report from the Social Security trustees [ http://www.ssa.gov/oact/TRSUM/index.html ] found that the costs of the disability insurance program, which provides coverage to 11 million disabled workers and dependents, would exceed the amount coming in from payroll taxes by the beginning of next year. The disability insurance trust fund is on track to run out of money completely in 2016.
Source:
Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/

Economy still straining Social Security disability program
By Stephen Ohlemacher
August 21, 2011
Laid-off workers and aging baby boomers are flooding Social Security’s disability program with benefit claims, pushing the financially strapped system toward the brink of insolvency. Applications are up nearly 50 percent over a decade ago as people with disabilities lose their jobs — in an economy that has shed nearly 7 million jobs — and can’t find new ones. The stampede for benefits is adding to a growing backlog of applicants — many wait two years or more before their cases are resolved — and worsening the financial problems of a program that’s been running in the red for years.
Source:
Washington Post

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Counterpoint:

Alarmist Stories Misportray Social Security Disability Insurance
August 23, 2011
Social Security’s disability-insurance program is forecast to run short of money in 2018, more than six years from now, and policymakers can plug the hole for several decades by reallocating some taxes from the related old-age program as they have done in the past. But that’s not the impression you’d get from some alarmist reports. “Social Security disability on verge of insolvency” blares a Fox News story, a theme echoed by other outlets [Washington Post ] - [ Washington Times ].
Here are the facts...
Source:
Off the Charts Blog - Policy insights beyond the numbers
[ Center on Budget and Policy Priorities ]
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities is a nonprofit, nonpartisan policy organization working at the federal and state levels on fiscal policy and public programs that affect low- and moderate-income families and individuals.

International Day of Persons with Disabilities - 3 December 2010
"Keeping the promise: Mainstreaming disability in the Millennium Development Goals towards 2015 and beyond"
The annual observance of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3 December was established by the International Year for Disabled Persons (1981). The Day aims to promote a better understanding of disability issues with a focus on the rights of persons with disabilities and gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of the political, social, economic and cultural life of their communities.
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Click above for links to the following information:
* Message of the Secretary-General
* Events at UN Headquarters to commemorate IDPD (Updated)
* Events around the world to commemorate IDPD2010 (Updated)
* Background note on theme of IDPD2010
* Themes and observances of previous years
* How the Day may be observed
* You tell us!
* Background
Source:
Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
[ United Nations ]

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Related link from the
Canadian Union of Public Employees :

International Day for Persons with Disabilities – December 3
December 2, 2010
Dear Sisters and Brothers:
CUPE is very pleased that Canada has joined the majority of the rest of the world by signing the United Nations (UN) Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This is the first UN convention of the 21st century. The text was adopted in December 2006 and opened for signature on March 30, 2007. Canada finally signed on March of this year! The treaty boldly articulates a human rights framework for addressing the exclusion and lack of access people with disabilities have encountered in Canada and in all societies.
Source:
Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)
With 600 000 members across Canada, CUPE represents workers in health care, education, municipalities, libraries, universities, social services, public utilities, transportation, emergency services and airlines.
NOTE: Canadian Social Research Links owes a debt of gratitude to CUPE for its support of the weekly newsletter that's attached to this website. In 2003, when my Internet Service Provider imposed limits on emailing (to prevent SPAM), Teresa Healy (then with CUPE, later moved to the Canadian Labour Council) arranged for me to administer and distribute my newsletter via the CUPE server. That's worked out beautifully, and I continue to appreciate the use of this service.
Thanks Teresa!
Thanks, CUPE!
Gilles

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Related media link:

UN International Day of Persons
with Disabilities and all is not well in Canada

Two decades of neglect by government leaves
many living with disabilities further behind and living in poverty.
3 December 2010
By Stephen Pate
The UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities may be a publicity stunt or a grim reminder to many of the 4 million Canadians living with disabilities that they are locked in last place in the Canadian experience...
Source:
Oye!Times (Toronto ethnic media)

Sickness, Disability and Work: Breaking the Barriers
- A Synthesis of Findings across OECD Countries

November 24, 2010
Abstract
Complete report:
HTML version
This report, the last in the OECD series Sickness, Disability and Work: Breaking the Barriers, highlights the roles of institutions and policies and concludes that higher expectations and better incentives for the main actors – workers, employers, doctors, public agencies and service providers – are crucial. Based on a review of good and bad practices across OECD countries, this report suggests a series of major reforms are needed to promote employment of people with health problems.

The report examines a number of critical policy choices between: tightening inflows and raising outflows from disability benefit, and promoting job retention and new hiring of people with health problems. It questions the need for distinguishing unemployment and disability as two distinct contingencies, emphasises the need for a better evidence base, and underlines the challenges for policy implementation.

[ Earlier reports from the
OECD Sickness, Disability and Work project
]

Source:
Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs
[ Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development - OECD ]

Canada’s programs for disabled too complex, says OECD
October 3, 2010
By
Laurie Monsebraaten
Canadians with disabilities or health problems are caught in a complex web of federal and provincial programs that make it almost impossible for them to join or remain in the workforce, says a new OECD report. Few programs lift the disabled out of poverty and many seem to work at cross-purposes, says the report by the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, which looked at the major disability benefits and services offered by Ottawa and the provinces. To improve programs and make it easier for the disabled to get help, the report recommends better federal-provincial coordination and “one-stop shopping” offices. The 85-page report comes on the eve of a promised Ontario review of social assistance and mirrors many of the recommendations of a provincial expert panel that called for more coordination of federal and provincial programs for vulnerable working-age people.
Source:
Toronto Star

Complete report from the
Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development
:

Sickness, Disability and Work: Breaking the Barriers.
Canada: Opportunities for Collaboration
(PDF - 1MB, 84 pages)
September 2010
Table of contents:
CHAPTER 1. SETTING THE SCENE
1.1. Key trends and outcomes
1.2. Policy context – Canada as a federation
1.3. Major contributing programmes
CHAPTER 2. KEY ISSUES AND CHALLENGES
2.1. Moving beyond a disability benefit culture
2.2. Towards a better organised and co-ordinated system of supports
CHAPTER 3. SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATIONS
3.1. Make the system of federation work for people with disability
3.2. Move towards a client-oriented framework
3.3. Improve programme coverage and benefit take-up
3.4. Promote early intervention and access to supports
3.5. Strengthen the broader system to work more efficiently
Annex. Major reforms in federal policies for persons with disabilities (since 1980)

News release:

Canada: further reform of sickness
and disability policies needed, says OECD

29 September 2010
Canada needs to improve the support it gives to people with disabilities or health problems in order to help those who can work to find a job, according to a new OECD report. Sickness, Disability and Work: Breaking the Barriers. Canada: Opportunities for Collaboration analyses the country’s efforts to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of its policies for persons affected by sickness and disability. Further reforms are needed, the report says. Co-ordination between federal and provincial governments should be improved. Many of the job and other social supports and benefits are restrictive and complex. These should be streamlined and made easier for people to understand so they can get the support to which they are entitled.

Abstract + 20 Excel files - ("Underlying figures and statistics")

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Version française:

Maladie, invalidité et travail :
SURMONTER LES OBSTACLES
CANADA : des possibilités de collaboration
(1.7Mo., 95 pages)
[ Sommaire, communiqué et fichiers Excel ]
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[ Earlier reports from the
OECD Sickness, Disability and Work project
]

Source:
Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development

Australia:

Caring for families caring for a person with a disability
Posted 06-03-2009
Ben Edwards / Australian Family Relationships Clearinghouse
This article is a summary of a 2008 report of a study which examined the many emotional, physical, relational and economic costs associated with caring.
Source:
APO Weekly Briefing
The content of this page changes each week, and it includes links to a few book/report reviews, about two dozen new reports, a few job ads and 60 events (mostly conferences) of interest to social researchers...
Source:
Australian Policy Online (APO) - home page

Housing & Mortgages for People with Disabilities
This guide has been created to help individuals living with disabilities, and their family members, in the process of buying a home of their own. Here you can learn more about the five important steps in buying a home and about financial assistance programs that are available for you living with disabilities, who want to buy a home.
After reading this guide to home ownership for people living with disabilities, you will know more about:
* The advantages and disadvantages of buying a home
* The most important steps in the home-buying process
* Common terms related to home-buying
* How to get started in your quest to purchase a home
* Financial assistance geared toward enabling you living with disabilities to buy your own homes
Source:
MortgageLoan.com

International Day of Persons with Disabilities
3 December 2008
2008 Theme: "Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Dignity and justice for all of us"
Dignity and justice for all of us is the theme of this year’s International Day for Persons with Disabilities, as well as for the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Source:
UN Enable : Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities
[ United Nations ]

Children With Disabilities (U.S. Government)
"The Children With Disabilities Web site offers families, service providers, and other interested individuals information about advocacy, education, employment, health, housing, recreation, technical assistance, and transportation covering a broad array of developmental, physical, and emotional disabilities."
- incl. links organized under the following headings : Federal Resources | State/Local Resources | National Resources | Calendar of Events | Grants & Funding | Research & Statistics | Youth to Youth | Highlights

Disability-Related Resources Menu
- links to 500+ websites for and about people with disabilities, organized under the following headings : General Information Resources - Legislation and Legal Issues - Education - Learning Disability - Visual Disability - Hearing Disability - Mental Disability - Orthopedic Disability - Other Disabilities - Information Technology - Assistive Technology Resources - Medical Resources - Agencies, Programs, Services - Employment Resources - Recreation and Travel - Suppliers
Accommodation Search Systems - Personal Pages - Other Lists of Links
Source:
International Center for Disability Information (West Virginia University)

Employment Support for People with Disabilities (U.S. Social Security Administration)
The mission of the Office of Employment Support Programs Mission is to promote the employment of Social Security beneficiaries with disabilities
by...
- Designing policies that make work pay.
- Promoting research and program innovation.
- Educating the public about programs and services that facilitate entry into the workforce.
- Partnering with other public and private groups to remove employment barriers for people with disabilities."
Includes links to : Youth With Disabilities | Employers | Beneficiaries | Service Providers | Advocates | About Us | What's New | Questions & Help | Search | Events| Resources Toolkit | Ticket To Work
Source : Social Security Online (Official Website of the Social Security Administration)

National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth
"NCWD/Youth is your source for information about employment and youth with disabilities. Our partners - experts in disability, education, employment, and workforce development - strive to ensure you will be provided with the highest quality, most relevant information available."

National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities
"NICHCY is the national information center that provides information on disabilities and disability-related issues. Anyone can use our services - families, educators, administrators, journalists, students. Our special focus is children and youth (birth to age 22)."

2002 Red Book on Employment Support - U.S.
January 2002
"A Summary Guide to Employment Support available to People with Disabilities under the Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income Programs"

Source : The Work Site (U.S. Social Security Administration)

Related (Canadian) Link :

Employability Assistance For People with Disabilities (EAPD) - Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC)
Source : HRDC Office for Disability Issues

Progress Report on Fulfilling America’s Promise to Americans with Disabilities (U.S.)
Press Release
May 13, 2002
"Many of the 54 million Americans with disabilities are deprived of their independence due to needless barriers. On February 1, 2001, President Bush announced his New Freedom Initiative to promote the full participation of people with disabilities in all areas of society by increasing access to assistive and universally designed technologies, expanding educational and employment opportunities, and promoting full access to community life. This report details the progress the Administration has made to implement the New Freedom Initiative goal - ensure full integration of people with disabilities in American society."
A Progress Report on Fulfilling America’s Promise to Americans with Disabilities
- links to the HTML and PDF versions of the complete report, includes : Executive Summary - Background - Increasing Access Through Technology - Expanding Educational Opportunities for Youth with Disabilities - Integrating Americans with Disabilities into the Workforce - Promoting Full Access to Community Life

Related Links:

Disability Awareness in the United States - (U.S. Department of State)
Toward Inclusion : Meeting the Needs of Persons with Disabilities in the U.S. (January 1999)
- includes a good bibliography and collection of related government and NGO links
A Guide to Disability Rights Laws (August 2001 - U.S. Department of Justice)

Americans with Disabilities Act Document Center
Americans with Disabilities Technical Assistance Program
Cornucopia of Disability Information

Safety Net or Tangled Web? An Overview of [ U.S. ] Programs and Services for Adults with Disabilities (PDF file - 500K, 42 pages)
November 2003
"Unfortunately, the safety net supporting many low-income adults with disabilities is more like a tangled web of conflicting goals and gaps in needed services. The opportunities for temporary cash, training, and rehabilitation support are generally very limited for many adults with disabilities, particularly those who have limited work histories or experienced disability onset outside of work."
Table of Contents and Summary of the Study
Source:
The Urban Institute (Washington, DC)

Center for An Accessible Society (U.S) - "Disability Issues Information for Journalists - A communications clearinghouse providing journalists credible information and quotable sources on national disability policy and independent living issues"
- "Funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, The Center for An Accessible Society is a national organization designed to focus public attention on disability and independent living issues by disseminating information developed through NIDRR-funded research to promote independent living."
- incl. links to a wealth of online information organized under the following topics : Administration Programs and Policy - Americans with Disabilities Act - ADA Supreme Court decisions - Coverage and reporting on disability - Demographics and Identity - Economics and Employment - Education - Healthcare - Housing - Independent Living - MiCASSA - Personal Assistance Services - Implementing the Supreme Court Olmstead decision - Public Perception - Technology - Travel and Transportation - Universal Design - Voting Access - Voting studies - Web and Internet Access - About The Center for An Accessible Society.

European Student Handbook on Equality and Equal Access
September 22, 2003
"The handbook tackles equality issues with higher education such as gender or disability discrimination, it also looks at ensuring that higher education is accessible to all and that students are given the support to complete their studies. The handbook gives the theoretical background, best practice examples and an action plan for students union"
- third in the series of European Student Handbooks from the National Unions of Students in Europe
- addresses the topic of equality and equal access

Source:
National Unions of Students in Europe (ESIB)
"The National Unions of Students in Europe is the umbrella organisation of 50 national unions of students from 37 countries and through these members represent over 11 million students. The aim of ESIB is to represent and promote the educational, social, economic and cultural interests of students at a European level towards all relevant bodies and in particular the European Union, Council of Europe and UNESCO.

Disabled Peoples' International 6th World Assembly
Freedom from Barriers: Celebrating Diversity and Right!
October 15-18 2002 - Sapporo, Japan

Disabled Persons' International Action Plan
The Sapporo Declaration
October, 2002
"According to the United Nations statistics, there are 600 million disabled people worldwide, 82% live in developing countries. Unlike other citizens of their societies, disabled people live in the most deplorable conditions, isolated and excluded from their communities by barriers of policy, environment and attitude. For this reason, we fight against wars, poverty and the eradication of all forms of discriminations specially against disabled persons."

New from the National Institute of Disability Management and Research :

International Forum on Disability Management
Vancouver, Canada May 27-29, 2002

Related Links:

Code of practice on managing disability in the workplace - (PDF file - 172K, 31 pages)
International Labour Organization
Tripartite Meeting of Experts on the Management of Disability at the Workplace
Geneva, October 2001

ILO Code seeks to improve job prospects for the disabled
Press Release
Friday 30 November 2001
Source : International Labour Organization

Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities (United Kingdom)
- largest site on learning disability issues in the United Kingdom, aims to improve the quality of life for people with learning disabilities
"Our website has been designed to provide information about:
* issues which affect the lives of people with learning disabilities;
* the work of the Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities.
It has also been designed to act as a gateway to some of the other resources on learning disabilities, both here in the United Kingdom and overseas.

Connects (U.K.)
"Connects is a world-wide, interactive, personalized forum for the sharing of information by people whose lives are affected by mental health problems and/or learning disabilities."
(...)
The site contains information about organisations, websites, events and news events concerned with mental health or learning disabilities. We currently have more than 6000 resources listed."

United Nations Programme on Disability
What you'll find on this page : Message of the Secretary-General - Resources - Main disability specific mandates of the U.N - Other reference material -
United Nations expert group meeting on disability-sensitive policy and programme monitoring and evaluation, (UNHQ, New York, 3-5 December 2001)

International Day of Disabled Persons 2003 - A Voice of our Own
December 3, 2003
" The International Day of Disabled Persons aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities. It also seeks to increase awareness of gains to be derived from the integration of disabled persons in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life. (...) The observance of the Day in 2003 will focus on giving a voice to the human experiences of disabled persons."
Source:
United Nations Persons with Disabilities website

International Day of Disabled Persons as declared by the UNITED NATIONS
Source : United Nations Association in Canada

World Disability Statistics (by country)
Includes countries from Algeria to Zambia, many with data from several census surveys.

Source : United Nations Statistics Division

GLADNET - Global Applied Disability Research and Information Network on Employment and Training - GLADNET is an initiative of the Vocational Rehabilitation Branch of the International Labour Organization (ILO), a specialized agency of the United Nations, with headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. The network brings together research centers, universities, enterprises, government departments, trade unions, and organizations representing disabled persons, all committed to the common goal of advancing competitive employment and training opportunities for persons with disabilities.

Family Village: A Global Community of Disability-Related Resources
Cornucopia of Disability Information

National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities
World Institute on Disability
- based in the U.S.

Disability Social History Project


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