Federal disability policy

parliament buildings with accessible van

  • CDPA, as part of the Canada Access & Inclusion Project through SCI Canada, was selected to advise the federal Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities on changing attitudes of Canadians.For a brief primer on what does and doesn’t work, see this short video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yGsj5h1KEE&feature=youtu.be  For more detailed information on changing attitudes, see the full 40 minute seminar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcZYmoI3gjU&feature=youtu.be
  • Consultation on National Accessibility Legislation – Under the expert leadership of Spinal Cord Injury Canada, CDPA and CDPP have partnered with 28 community organizations to provide advice to the federal Minister of Sport and People with Disabilities, the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, on what to include in new national accessibility legislation.  This 18-month project is part of an extensive public consultation on the issues and barriers facing disabled Canadians.  Our project focuses on the gaps in federal policy that create barriers.  To that end, we have created a virtual “postcard” and shared it with the Minister, that lists the many resources available through the CDPA website to inform and assist in this process.  Please help yourself to a copy and share it with your colleagues.
  • Support for Canadian veterans – In 2006, the Canadian Forces Members and Veterans Re-establishment and Compensation Act, referred to as the New Veterans Charter (NVC) was enacted, changing the way that veterans with disabilities are compensated.  Dr. Alice Aiken and Amy Buitenhuis compared the benefits available to Veterans under both of these Acts and found that some Veterans are receiving considerably less than they did under the Pension Act.
  • A Canadians with disabilities act? – In 2010, summer student Lauren Sampson and Bethany Easterbrook (funded by the Federal Student Work Experience Program) worked with Dr. Mary Ann McColl to examine historical and contemporary prespectives on the need for a Canadaians with Disability Act.
  • More than voting booths – In 2011, David Shannon, lawyer and disability advocate, worked with Dr. Mary Ann McColl and PhD students Alexandra Giancarlo and Ulysses Patola to survey candidates and party leaders in the Ontario provincial election regarding their intentions to make their campaign fully accessible.
  • The fair elections act – Working with Steven Christianson and the March of Dimes, David Shannon and Mary Ann McColl developed recommendations to ensure equity for disabled citizens under The Fair Elections Act.
  • A scoping review of disability policy – In 2008, as the basis for much for the CDPA’s early work, Dr. Mary Ann McColl  and Rachel Stephenson (a law student on the Work-Study program) completed a comprehensive scan of disability policy in Canada.
  • A Review of Disability Policy in Canada – In 2013, Dr. Mary Ann McColl worked with JD candidate Rebecca Bond to produce the 2nd edition of the Review of Disability Policy in Canada, a foundational document of the Alliance’s work.
  • Canadian disability savings plan – As part of the three year evaluation mandated by the Canada Disability Savings Act (2007), Dr. Mary Ann McColl and Project Manager Mike Schaub were contracted by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada to conduct a review of international literature related to savings incentive programs for families and individuals with disabilities.
  • Charter challenges and disability – Under the direction of Dr. Mary Ann McColl and in partnership with Dave Shannon, former CEO of the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission, we set out to discover how the Charter has been used to further equality for people with disabilities in Canada since it became law, and how effective the Charter has been as a tool to increase the policy participation of people with disabilities.
  • Time use as an indicator of effectiveness of disability policy – Drs. Clarke Wilson and Mary Ann McColl were funded by the Advisory Research Committee (Queen’s University) to conduct an exploratory study of the utility of time use analysis as a means of evaluating the effectiveness of disability policy to promote equity and social integration.
  • Timeline of disability policy in Canada – Designed by Kevin Hong, under supervision of Mary Ann McColl and Mike Schaub, the Timeline provides a brief interactive history of disability policy in Canada.
  • Coalition for Barrier Free Canada – In 2015, CDPA joined the Coalition for a Barrier Free Canada as part of an initiative to focus government attention on the need for coordinated and effective disability policy in Canada.
  • Disability policy at Occupational Justice – In 2010, Drs. Mary Ann McColl and Lyn Jongbloed presented “Disability Policy as a Basis of Occupational Justice: the Canadian Context,” at the 15th World Federation of Occupational Therapists World Congress, held in Santiago, Chile.