Doing policy-relevant research

Doing policy-relevant research is a rewarding experience, but it not necessarily part of the skill set or incentive system in academic research.  A new article (brought to my attention by Amy Latimer, lead for the Sport & Recreation team) acknowledges this difficulty, and proposes a four-part approach to what they call “strategic science”.  The approach begins by establishing relationships … Continue reading

Policy governing funding for wheeled mobility aids in Canada

In collaboration with the Mobility Team, we have conducted a scan of legislation, regulations and programs governing funding for wheelchairs and scooters for people with disabilities in 14 jurisdictions in Canada – federal, provincial and territorial.   This is the second of three reports supporting the work of each research team. The first reviewed policy governing […]

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Canadian Disability Studies Association 2016 Conference

The CDPA would like you to know about the Canadian Disability Studies Association 2016 Conference, which is organized as part of the 2016 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. The conference will take place from Saturday, May 28 to Monday, May 30, 2016 at the University of Calgary, (Calgary, AB, Canada).  The deadline for abstract submissions is December […]

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Ontario’s Changing Workplaces Review

The Government of Ontario is currently in the midst of a periodic legislative review of two important pieces of legislation – the Employment Standards Act and the Labour Relations Act. The Review Committee at the Ministry of Labour asked Canadian Disability Participation Project’s Employment Team Lead, Catherine Connelly to present results of her research for their […]

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Coalition for a Barrier Free Canada

TORONTO, Sept. 24, 2015 /CNW/ – The leaders of Canada’s largest disability organizations serving upwards of four million Canadians with disabilities are urging government leaders, influencers and the public to support a new non-partisan campaign to introduce federal legislation to ensure accessibility, inclusion and equal opportunity for Canadians with disabilities, and to fulfill Canada’s commitments […]

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Political pressure for a Canadians with Disabilities Act

As the Americans with Disabilities Act turns 25 years old, interest is again mounting for a Canadians with Disabilities Act. With a federal election scheduled for October 2015, a coalition called Barrier-Free Canada has reiterated the call. Several high-profile disability organizations, including several of our partners, have joined the movement. Recently, Andre Picard wrote in […]

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Policy governing access to post-secondary education in Ontario

In 2014-15, CDPA researchers conducted research for the Ontario Ministry of Colleges, Training and Universities on the experience of disabled students in post-secondary education. The report provided a detailed analysis of policy governing access and supports for post-secondary education over the past 30 years. None of the legislation administered by the Ministry specifically mentions the situation […]

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Time use as an indicator of effectiveness of disability policy

If Canadian disability policy over the past 25 years has been effective in promoting equality and inclusion, then it stands to reason that the daily activities of people with disabilities should be looking more and more like those of their non-disabled counterparts. A test of this assumption has been conducted by the federal disability policy […]

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Policy governing employment supports

In collaboration with the Canadian Disability Participation Project Employment Team, we have conducted a scan of policy governing employment supports for people with disabilities in 14 jurisdictions in Canada – federal, provincial and territorial.   This is the first of three reports supporting the work of each research team. Similar reports will be forthcoming in summer […]

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Do people with disabilities have trouble finding a family doctor?

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In summer 2013, CDPA researchers worked with the Health Care Connect program in Ontario to address the question posed above. The program was designed to help Ontarians without a primary care provider to find one, particularly people with disabilities and chronic conditions. We found that in most regions, the program was successful in linking disabled […]

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