Report: Nova Scotia Failing to Meet Its Commitment to De-Institutionalize People With Disabilities

A report issued yesterday by the Disability Rights Coalition says there remains “a mismatch” between government rhetoric on providing services to disabled adults and the frustrating reality faced by many families.


New Award-Winning App Helps the Visually Impaired Manage Their Wardrobe

Two Industrial Design students from Carleton University have won an Innovative Designs for Accessibility (IDeA) student competition award from Universities Canada.

Liana Meere and Mandy Hui took top honours in the competition’s Attitudinal/Systemic barriers category for their concept Closet, a label system that enables people with visual disabilities to independently manage their clothes.


Supporting an ‘Active’ Recovery Means Improving the Accessibility of Outdoor Spaces

The government’s investment in active transportation should benefit rural, accessible outdoor spaces


Montreal Advocates Call for Better Accessibility

Pontini pointed out that the problem of accessibility for people with reduced mobility in the city is nothing new and that for years they’ve been demanding improved access. According to her, more businesses and building owners could easily make the accommodations more effective by consulting experts – the people who need to services.


Woman With Disabilities Wants Change to Province’s Household Income Policy

Saint John resident Kaitlyn Layden has been advocating for the revision of Social Development’s household income policy for years. She says the policy forces her to choose between getting married and moving in with her fiance or having financial stability with the department’s support.


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Montreal Man Hits Brick Wall in Fight for Accessibility

By Phil Carpenter , Global News
Posted July 15, 2021

A Montreal man living with multiple sclerosis has been denied a permit to build a wheelchair lift in front of his apartment.

Claude Varin can’t leave his second floor apartment as often as he’d like. There are 18 steps to get to his front door from the street. He’s in a wheelchair, so back in 2012 he asked his borough of Rosemontla Petite-Patrie for a permit to install a -mechanical lift at the front of his building, to easily access the sidewalk and street for transportation.

“With my lift here,” Varin said, pointing to his front balcony, “life would be a lot easier.”

His request was denied.

Return to the Workplace Highlights Accessibility Concerns for Disabled Employees

Marcie Roth, executive director and chief executive officer of the World Institute on Disability, hopes the accommodations that have been made for all workers during the pandemic continue as the world goes back to normal.


People With Learning Disabilities ‘Extremely Vulnerable’ to the Effects of COVID-19

People with learning disabilities with covid-19 are five times more likely to be admitted to hospital and eight times more likely to die compared with the general population of England, finds a study published by The BMJ today.


Seeing The Unseen: Nonvisible Disability

As someone who experiences chronic pain, my appearance doesn’t always explicitly notify others I’m feeling unwell. Sometimes, this can look like me smiling through what hurts while telling those who ask, “I’m doing fine.” It can also result in a trip to the emergency room in an effort to try and overcome an incessant bout of pain