Category: Blog

From One Ally to Another: (My thoughts on) how to join people with disabilities in their fight against ableism

Slow down. Slow down the pace of your work. Recognize that some people’s minds and bodies move slower. That others are putting energy into overcoming oppression or living in poverty. A fast pace, and quick deadline, can be ableist.  Catch yourself when you feel inspired. Are you inspired by what people with disabilities can do? … Continued

12th Annual Policy Forum for Inclusion Recap

Please note: below is a detailed summary of the 12th Annual Federal Policy Forum for Inclusion. You can find links to all of the presentations here. Introduction On November 30th and December 1st, Inclusion Canada and People First of Canada (PFC) hosted the 12th Annual Federal Policy Forum for Inclusion. The theme for this year’s … Continued

Employment in the COVID context – People with disabilities rise to the occasion

COVID-19 created new barriers to employment for people with disabilities. Many people lost their jobs. Some businesses that employ people with disabilities closed. Others had to cut back on hours or workers. Employment agencies couldn’t make connections or provide job supports in their traditional ways.      Despite all the challenges of COVID-19, people with disabilities have shown their determination and commitment to being part of the workforce. Creativity and innovation are part of making this happen.   COVID-19 has meant learning to do things differently.   Employment agencies found new ways … Continued

October 10 – World Mental Health Day

Oct 10th, is World Mental Health Day. The World Health Organization’s slogan for the day is “Mental health care for all: let’s make it a reality.” We couldn’t agree more. In fact, access to healthcare is a priority area in Inclusion Canada’s 2021-2024 strategic plan. Why? People with intellectual disabilities and their families are experiencing … Continued

Federal Election 2021 – Your Voice Matters

On September 20, 2021, Canada will have a federal election. 22% of people in Canada over the age of 15 have a disability. Despite this, disability issues rarely get much attention during elections. Together, we can change that. On Tuesday, September 7th a group of 25 disability organizations (the pan-Canadian Disability Coalition) organized the first-ever … Continued

Our Take – a webinar series hosted by Inclusion Canada 

About the Series Our work at Inclusion Canada is guided by our shared belief in the values of inclusion, equality, diversity, and courage to act. Our position statements: Tell people about the issues that matter to us Clearly explain our view on these issues Describe the change we want to see We want to share … Continued

Pathways to Homeownership – New resources coming soon

During the COVID-19 pandemic, My Home My Community (MHMC) has been busy creating helpful new tools for families. Soon we will have some exciting resources coming your way. In 2020, MHMC got funding from the federal government’s Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). The Pathways to Homeownership project demonstrates inclusive models of homeownership and creates resources to help … Continued

Deinstitutionalization – Done Right

“As a society we must guarantee future generations of people with intellectual disabilities and their families that we will not create institutions again.” Janet Forbes, Executive Director, Inclusion Winnipeg Every year the United Nations holds an event called the Conference of State Parties (COSP). COSP is a gathering of all the countries who have signed … Continued

The Role of Innovative Technologies in Recruiting and Increasing Retention of Employees with Disability

On June 1, 2021, Inclusion Canada co-hosted and participated in a roundtable discussion on “The Role of Innovative Technologies in Recruiting and Increasing Retention of Employees with Disabilities” with Facebook and the Council of Canadians with Disabilities. The event featured a keynote address by the Hon. Carla Qualtrough, Canada’s Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and … Continued

Inclusion Canada & the Community Living Movement

Every May, Inclusion Canada celebrates Community Living Month, a time when people across the country celebrate the many successes of creating inclusive communities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Founded in 1958, Inclusion Canada (formerly the Canadian Association for Community Living) has played a central role in advancing the rights of almost 1 million … Continued