CDPA Research Findings

The Canadian Disability Policy Alliance (CDPA) is a national collaboration of 14 researchers in disability studies from 4 Canadian universities, 5 disability advocacy organizations, and consultants from federal and provincial governments. Since July 2009, the Alliance has conducted 27 research projects, aimed at evaluating and improving disability policy in Canada. Since 2013 the Alliance has been … Continue reading

More Than Voting Booths

More than voting booths

Members of the Canadian Disability Policy Alliance examined the Ontario election campaign of 2011 to identify the extent to which it “opened doors” to electoral participation for persons with disabilities.  A recent publication, More Than Voting Booths: Accessibility of Electoral Campaigns for People with Disabilities in Ontario, outlines the findings. More Than Voting Booths: Accessibility of […]

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Inclusive Education

A picture of a high school class being conducted in ASL

Rarely are teacher associations a topic of investigation in inclusive education research, and yet they play a critical role in its implementation and efficacy. A study was conducted by members of the CDPA Education Team that explored the extent to which leaders of Canadian teacher associations were aware of inclusive education policy.  Although every jurisdiction […]

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The Next Phase of the CDPA

Kathleen Martin Ginis

The next phase of the Canadian Disability Policy Alliance is part of a seven-year project funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).  The project is led by Dr. Kathleen Martin Ginis, and will enhance the quantity and quality of community participation among Canadians living with a physical disability. More than 50 partners […]

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Community of Interest on People with Disabilities

In April 2014, at the request of the Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), Mary Ann McColl spoke at the Community of Interest on People with Disabilities (COI-PWD).  The COI-PWD is made up of members of the federal civil service from different departments within  ESDC who are involved with research/policy for people with disabilities.  Dr. […]

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CDPA and the Fair Elections Act

Working with Steven Christianson and his team at the March of Dimes, David Shannon and Mary Ann McColl developed a set of recommendations from David Shannon’s paper on a fair elections act. The March of Dimes team secured an invitation for the CDPA to present at the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs for […]

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Timeline of Disability Policy Events

Since 1975, there have been many policy events that have aimed towards a more inclusive Canada. The interactive timeline below displays the federal disability policy events that have occurred in the last 4 decades. Click and explore!     _______________________________________________________ Resources for the Timeline and links for […]

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CDPA member speaks out for inclusion

dave shannon

David Shannon, member of the CDPA, has written an article for The Chronicle Herald. The article praises Nova Scotia for recognizing the legacy of Viola Desmond and her influence in challenging the “colour barrier” in 1946. This will be part of African Heritage Month in February 2015. This is used as an example of how […]

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The CDPA Website

February 2014 website stats

The primary way of communicating with those interested in disability policy is through the CDPA website. Since it launched in 2013, our website has attracted  about 6700 visitors.  Not surprisingly, most of our traffic comes from Canada (about 15,000 hits so far).  It has also been accessed  by colleagues in USA, Australia and Great Britain […]

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Equipment and Assistive Technology Initiative Evaluation

Businesswoman

The Equipment and Assistive Technology Initiative (EATI) was created in 2009. It is a program run by the British Columbia Personal Supports Network (BCPSN) and the Ministry of Social Development (MSD). For adults with disabilities in British Columbia who have an employment related goal, the program provides assistive technology (AT) (assistive equipment and devices). The […]

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