In secular society, advances for people with disabilities in Canada have happened through litigation and activism. People with disabilities were one of the last groups to have their rights recognized when, in 1981, disability was included in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. A 2004 study prepared by Environics for the Office for Disability Issues asked Canadians who played the most essential role in helping people with disabilities participate in society. Religious organizations ranked low on the list.
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