A review of policy governing disability sport in Canada

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An appeal for evidence-informed disability policy

On April 5th, 2016, Kathleen Martin-Ginis’ op-ed, entitled We need data on physical activity among people with disabilities, was published in the Hamilton Spectator. In it, Kathleen makes a passionate appeal for good quality data upon which to base evidence-informed policy for people with disabilities. The op-ed (short for “opposite the editorial page”) is a […]

Lifetime costs of disability

In 2013, CDPA was contracted by the Government of Canada to participate in the scheduled legislative review of the Registered Disability Savings Plan. We produced a paper that was embargoed until now. We share it now in the hope that it will still be useful. The literature, although difficult to summarize (due to varied methodologies), […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Ontario’s Changing Workplaces Review

In 2014, the Government of Ontario conducted 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 consideration. She focused on disabled […]

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 […]

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 […]