Ice Now Open in Parkdale, at Alberta’s First Accessible Outdoor Rink

Phase 1 of construction has officially been completed on the Parkdale Community Rink & Hub, which means accessible and inclusive ice is now open for skaters and sledge hockey players.


4 Reasons Why Hiring Disabled Workers Is Good for Business

The pandemic has hit the disabilities community particularly hard. This founder of a startup that makes software more accessible warns that’s a major loss for your innovation.


Canada: University Professors Research on Barriers to Justice Faced by Persons with Disabilities During the COVID-19 Pandemic

TRU’s Dr. Ruby Dhand, a professor in the Faculty of Law, has partnered with Dr. Dipesh Prema, a TRU chemistry professor, and Dr. Tess Sheldon, a law professor from the University of Windsor are not focusing on traditional COVID-19 topics but is seeking to understand what barriers to justice those with severe disabilities in long-term care homes are facing due to the pandemic.

The research is being done in partnership with ARCH Disability Law Centre and is funded by the government of Canada’s Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.


Crowd Sourced Description – Call for Submissions!

Is there an artwork you have always wanted to hear described, but never had the chance? VocalEye is seeking suggestions from the blind and partially sighted community for a described visual art tour. It could be anything from a famous masterpiece to a lesser-known work that you have a personal connection to. The suggestions we collect will form the basis of an Almost Live Zoom Virtual Tour later this year.


Improving Access To Care And Support For Families Affected By Cerebral Palsy

by Cynthia Gareth

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As the most common physical disability in Canada, cerebral palsy affects around 0.2% of the population.

Cerebral palsy can be produced by an injury to the developing brain caused by injury, disease, or genetic and developmental disorders.

Although cerebral palsy can be a challenging disability, research organizations, disability advocates and support groups are working to ensure patients and their families receive an accurate and reliable diagnosis in order to receive the most appropriate care from birth. And for adults with the condition, improving the availability of assistive devices and websites that allow easier online access, could give them much greater independence.

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In this Issue

Short New Caption Video Explains Why Electric Scooters Endanger People with Disabilities and Others and Gives You Tips to Help Keep Them Out of Toronto

and — Sign Up to Tell the Toronto Accessibility Advisory Committee on February 25, 2021 Why Toronto Must Not Allow E-Scooters


Legislators Who Want To Make Medically Assisted Dying Easier for Persons With Disabilities Don’t Know the Lived Realities of Disability

Amidst a pandemic that has disproportionately affected Black, Indigenous, poor and disabled communities, we’ve barely heard a word about disability issues from our federal government – except, that is, their intention to expand access to death for persons with disabilities through new legislation.


U of T Study Highlights Health-Care Barriers Women With Disabilities Face During Pregnancy

The finding, published recently in the journal JAMA Network Open, is the result of the largest study of maternal outcomes for women with disabilities in Canadian history, highlighting the need for better access to medical care in this population of women.


This Week Is White Cane Week!

White Cane Week takes place across Canada in the first full week of February every year. The week raises awareness about how blind people travel and make a difference in their communities. In 2021, White Cane Week takes place from Sunday, February 7th to Saturday, February 13th.