Course Cluster Challenges Thinking on Disability

The Georgetown University Disabilities Studies Course Cluster is thriving in its second year, with seven classes offered this fall. It’s a broad and important field, but it isn’t exactly in the academic mainstream yet. So, what is disability studies, and how did this course cluster come to fruition?


Government of Canada Launches Call for Proposals to Support the Social Inclusion of Canadians With Disabilities

The Government of Canada is working to ensure greater accessibility and opportunities for Canadians with disabilities in their communities and workplaces. To this end, the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities today invited national not-for-profit organizations with a focus on disability to apply for funding through the 2016 Social Development Partnership Program Disability Component (SDPP-D) call for proposals.


Changes to SSAH Funding and ODSP Applications for People who Receive Developmental Services

On September 2 the Ministry of Community and Social Services (MCSS) announced changes to Special Services at Home (SSAH) funding and Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) applications.


UN Releases General Comment on the Right to Inclusive Education

The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is the first legally binding international law to discuss the right to quality inclusive education. Article 24 of the CRPD provides that all persons with disabilities have a right to education. In order to realize the right to education without discrimination and on the basis of equal opportunities, States Parties have an obligation to ensure an inclusive education system at all levels.


How can P.E.I. Be More Accessible for People With Disabilities?

Islanders will have a chance to weigh in on how to make P.E.I. including its ferry and other transportation services more accessible to people with disabilities.


Spotlight on Wheel-Trans and AODA at TTC Accessibility Forum

On September 15, the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) and Advisory Committee on Accessible Transit (ACAT) held the ninth annual TTC Public Forum on Accessibility at the Allstream Centre at Exhibition Place. Serving to connect TTC and ACAT with the general public, the open Forum offered participants the opportunity to directly share their thoughts and concerns with some of the City’s top transit executives.


Parents Say Ontario government Misled Them Over Autism Funding

by Roshni Murthy and Stella Acquisto
Posted Sep 16, 2016 2016 at 8:30 am EDT

Parents of children with autism protested for hours outside the office of the Minister of Children and Youth Services on Friday, saying they were misled by the Ontario government.

They wanted an apology after learning the province did not take the advice of an expert panel when it came to treating children with autism.

In April, the Liberal government faced heavy criticism for its decision to only provide Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) to children under five years old. Children over five would not qualify for the treatment.

The Liberal government and the Ministry of Children and Youth Services, then led by MPP Tracy MacCharles, credited their decision to the expert advice of a panel.

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In this Issue

Over Two Short Days, Our Accessibility Issues Come Up Twice in Ontario’s Legislature and Also in the Toronto Star

We are very busy advocating on accessibility in Ontario on so many fronts at once, from pressing for an Education Accessibility Standard, to trying to get the AODA effectively enforced, to scanning the recent Throne Speech for accessibility issues, to advocating for more accessibility in our public transit systems in Ontario. All your work at the grassroots helps yield results, like those we report here.


Expert Panel was Dismayed by Liberals’ Plan to Put Age Cap on Autism Services

In a letter last spring, expert advisers said autism program was premature and not in keeping with its recommendations

Parents like Jessica Perusco of Mississauga, whose daughter Lucia, right, turned five in July, are “still in a state of uncertainty.” Lucia started IBI in May but Perusco says because of her age, it’s unclear how long the therapy will continue. By Andrea GordonEducation Reporter
Wed., Sept. 14, 2016

The province stood firmly behind its controversial plan to stop funding intensive autism treatment for children five and older last spring even as its own expert advisory panel cautioned the move would be detrimental to vulnerable kids.