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United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities Film Festival

Join us in Kelowna at the UBC Okanagan Campus, Sunday December 3 from 1 – 3 pm

B.C. celebrates Indigenous Disability Awareness Month

Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction Press Release British Columbians are invited to celebrate the contributions of Indigenous people with disabilities as government has proclaimed November Indigenous Disability Awareness Month. Acting on a recommendation from the British Columbia Aboriginal Network on Disability Society (BCANDS), B.C. became the first province in Canada to dedicate November […]

Forced sterilization of young women with disabilities must end, UN rights expert says

NEW YORK (24 October, 2017) – Forced sterilization and other procedures infringing on sexual and reproductive integrity are part of a pattern of “systemic violence” being carried out on girls and young women with disabilities, and must be eradicated without delay, a UN expert on human rights and disability has said. “We can no longer […]

Campaign seeks to turn disabled voters into powerful force

(This story if from NorthJersey.com in the United States) Marie Carina desperately wants to exercise her right to vote, but every November, she faces barriers. Just navigating to the polls is difficult for Carina, who is disabled and relies on a wheelchair. “The last time, it took me a while to find the accessible route,” she said. “I had trouble […]

The B.C. Teachers Union is concerned the teacher shortage is affecting special needs students

Global News October 23, 2017 The union representing B.C.’s teachers is worried about the impact the teacher shortage is having on student learning this far into the school year. B.C Teachers Federation President Glen Hansman says students who are in need, are collateral damage because ESL and special-education teachers are asked to fill the role […]

Opinion: Promise of universal public education unfulfilled for students with special needs

Today, public schools enrol students who 75 years ago rarely attended school. Children who were deaf, blind, or who had developmental disabilities did not typically attend public schools. If they were educated, their education took place at home, in specialized schools or in institutions. Surveying its history, the promise of universal public education — an […]

CACL PRESS RELEASE: Nova Scotia Heading to Reject Charter Rights of People with Disabilities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 16, 2017  HALIFAX – In a stunning maneuver this morning, the Law Amendments Committee of the Nova Scotia Legislature voted to send to the Legislature a Bill that would fundamentally entrench denial of Charter-protected rights to life, liberty and security of people with intellectual, cognitive, and psychosocial disabilities in the province. Introduced […]

CACL PRESS RELEASE: Nova Scotia Bill – An Alarming Violation of Human Rights

October 3, 2017 – – Equality Rights FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE OCTOBER 3, 2017 HALIFAX – The Adult Capacity and Decision-Making Act introduced in the Nova Scotia Assembly Monday falls far short of its stated aim to “promote the dignity, autonomy, independence, social inclusion and freedom of decision-making of adults” who have intellectual and other disabilities. Minister of Justice Mark Furey assures that […]

Wingspan Grand Opening – October 19, 20 & 21 Come one, come all: Wingspan Dis/Arts, Culture and Public Pedagogy “Artists and scholars with disabilities are creating authentic images and speaking directly from lived experiences, addressing ideas and subject matter that have never been presented to the public. In both content and form, we are taking […]

Nova Scotia Bill – An Alarming Violation of Human Rights

Canadian Association for Community Living Press Release –October 3, 2017 HALIFAX – The Adult Capacity and Decision-Making Act introduced in the Nova Scotia Assembly Monday falls far short of its stated aim to “promote the dignity, autonomy, independence, social inclusion and freedom of decision-making of adults” who have intellectual and other disabilities. Minister of Justice Mark Furey assures that […]