Remembering Sophia

Sophia was confident. She knew exactly what she needed to live well. That is an affordable, smoke and chemical free home to accommodate her recognized disability: Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS). There is no cure for MCS. MCS is managed by limiting exposure to volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Sophia was persistent. She asked for help again … Continued

Press Release: Surprise, Surprise – Harmful Committee Work leads to Harmful Report on MAiD 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEFebruary 16, 2023 Ottawa, ON – Inclusion Canada has received and reviewed the final report of the Special Joint Committee on Medical Assistance in Dying (AMAD). It can’t be sugar coated – people with disabilities and their allies were ignored. We asked for equality-preserving changes to the law; MPs and Senators decided they knew … Continued

Championing Inclusion: Let’s Make Budget 2023 Work for People with Intellectual Disabilities and their Families

Inclusion Canada made recommendations to the Government of Canada for Federal Budget 2023. The federal budget tells us what initiatives and programs the government plans to spend money on in the coming year. It is important that we provide our community’s priorities. Federal Budget 2023 will come out next month. Inclusion Canada’s recommendations were chosen … Continued

PRESS RELEASE: SCAM ALERT: Warning of Fake Emails from Scammers Posing as Ready, Willing & Able Staff

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 20, 2022 Toronto, ON – Autism Alliance of Canada and Inclusion Canada are advising the public to be aware of an e-mail phishing scam in which individuals posing as Ready, Willing & Able (RWA) staff attempt to collect confidential and personal information. RWA is a national employment program for persons on … Continued

PRESS RELEASE: Discriminatory Disaster: Inclusion Canada Calls for Repeal of MAiD for Mental Illness and C-7 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEThursday, December 15th, 2022 Ottawa, ON – Inclusion Canada, the national organization for people with an intellectual disability and their families, supports the government’s decision to delay the legalization of MAiD for mental illness. However, they believe that more needs to be done to address the discriminatory nature of the law. The organization … Continued

PRESS RELEASE: “New Brunswick Makes History with Supported Decision-Making and Representation Act”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEFriday, December 16th, 2022 FREDERICTON, NB – Inclusion Canada and Inclusion New Brunswick are celebrating the passage of a historic new law, the Supported Decision-Making and Representation Act, which received Royal Assent today. This transformative law will empower people with intellectual disabilities to make their own decisions through supported decision making.  New Brunswick is now one of … Continued

Highlights from the 13th Annual Federal Policy Forum on Inclusion

On November 28, 2022, Inclusion Canada and People First of Canada hosted their 13th federal policy forum on inclusion. This year’s event was called Demanding Better: How the Disability Inclusion Action Plan could change the lives of people with an intellectual/developmental disability. The full day event explored the 4 pillars of Canada’s Disability Inclusion Action … Continued

December 1 is World AIDS Day

by Natalia Hicks, Director of Community Justice & Health Equity, Inclusion Canada December 1st is World AIDS Day. The theme for 2022 is “Equalize.”  As the Director of Community Justice and Health Equity at Inclusion Canada, I have been participating in Realize’s National Guiding Circle on HIV and Disability. The Guiding Circle is a cross … Continued

Statement on Mischaracterization of Inclusion Canada

Recently, Inclusion Canada has been mis-characterized as anti-choice and as a religious organization.  Inclusion Canada has accredited status as a Disabled Persons Organization or DPO. Disabled Persons Organizations are representative organizations. The majority of our board are people with intellectual disabilities and the family members of people with intellectual disabilities. These are the people who … Continued

Mental Illness & MAiD – What you need to know

It’s Mental Health Awareness Week this week!  Have you had trouble finding mental health care that you can afford?  Have you found it hard to find a therapist who is a good fit?  Have you had health care providers brush off concerns about your mental health? If you said “yes” to any of these questions, … Continued