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 … Continue reading

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


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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Making Primary Care More Accessible

Barriers to Discharge

An example of the Learning Collaborative methodology in action was the CDPA’s Health services team’s initiative to enhance accessibility in Ontario’s Family Health Teams. Working with our partners at Spinal Cord Injury Ontario, we reached out to 186 Family Health Teams and 25 Nurse Practitioner-led clinics to ensure that they were meeting their obligations under […]

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