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Press Release: Young Man with Developmental Disabilities Denied Care from Community Living BC

“They are- just hoping that he takes care of the problem through overdosing or killing himself” – RB’s mother


‘Outraged and Distraught’: Reaction to Disabled B.C. Woman’s Approval for Medically-Assisted Death

A B.C. woman speaking out about “death care” being easier to access than adequate health care is sending shockwaves throughout the country, with disabled advocates, doctors and observers holding up her experience as a potent example of the slippery slope of expanded dying with dignity legislation.


Disabled Women in Quebec Still Struggling With Mammogram Access: Advocates

A community group advocating for people with disabilities says some women are being denied access to mammograms because of their disabilities.

Its been an issue for nearly a decade, says RAPLIQ (Regroupement des activisites pour linclusion Qu├ębec).


Ontario Building a Stronger, More Resilient Post-Stroke Rehabilitation Program

Province investing $5 million to begin creating a more consistent, province wide program for adult patients of all ages April 12, 2022

“When today’s announcement is implemented our stroke survivors of all ages may have the opportunity to recover to their best potential and possibly return to work or continue their Post-Secondary Studies. Each stroke recovery is different!
Today’s Announcement is monumental for young adult stroke patients and the next key step is implementation.
I want to thank Minister Elliott, her Ministry and Ontario Health for this commitment today.
I also want to thank MPP Lorne Coe of Whitby for getting the ball rolling on this subject with the passage of his bill 9 in 2016.
This journey has been a long one at 12 years and hopefully we are closer to seeing this File cross the Finish Line.”

Mental Health System ‘Fails’ Young Advocate Trying to Make It Better: Family

Kristin Legault-Donkers, who pushed tirelessly to help others with mental health issues, is being remembered as a fighter who struggled with mental illness herself.

The St. Thomas woman died last Friday, choosing, as her obituary said, “to end her life after a courageous and publicly hard-fought battle with her mental illness.”

She was 25.


Big Investments Fuel Record Growth in Home Accessibility Market

In Iowa-where VGM Live at Home is based-there are two sayings from the iconic movie “Field of Dreams” that are reiterated often. They are, “If you build it, they will come;” and “Is this heaven? No, it’s Iowa.” I can’t help but think of these two phrases as I report on the current state of the home accessibility market.


EEOC Confirms COVID-19 Can Be A Disability Under ADA

On December 14, 2021, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) supplemented its guidance concerning COVID-19, the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), the Rehabilitation Act, and other Equal Employment Opportunity (“EEO”) Laws to confirm that COVID-19 can qualify as a disability under any of the three “disability” definitions in the ADA.


Covid-as-Disability Bound to Spur Workplace Conflicts, Lawsuits

The EEOC’s determination that Covid-19 can be a disability in many circumstances will create confusion, and tee up litigation, as companies grapple with how to accommodate workers who contract the virus and experience symptoms including brain fog, headaches, and shortness of breath.


Significant Victory for Nova Scotians With Intellectual Disabilities

Today, the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal has paved the road to addressing the human rights of thousands of Nova Scotians with disabilities who continue to languish in institutions or in community without support.


Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health Launches 2021 Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW)

The Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health is proud to launch the 2021 Mental Illness Awareness Week on October 3, 2021.