Access/Inclusion Archives

Access/Inclusion

February 14, 2017

COLLABORATION: THE KEY TO ACCESS AND INCLUSION

CCD is interested in developing an ongoing collaborative working relationship with Parks Canada that will support increased access and inclusion in all of Parks Canada's activities. Read more.

December 17, 2016

Standing Committee's Report The Way Forward for Canada Post Contains Some Backward Elements

The Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates released its report The Way Forward for Canada Post, which contains 45 recommendations.  Read more.

November 25, 2016

CCD Disappointed by Electoral Reform Bill C-33

While the Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) is pleased with some aspects of the Government's electoral reform bill, "This Bill fails to respond to most of the important amendments to the Canada Elections Act that CCD proposed," said John Rae, 1st  Vice Chair of CCD. Read more.

March 23, 2016

Trudeau Government Headed in the Right Direction with Budget 2016

Throughout the life of this government, CCD will be advancing measures, such as the refundable DTC, designed to improve the social and economic conditions of people with disabilities, particularly women and girls with disabilities and others facing multiple forms of discrimination. Read more.

March 1, 2016

REPORT OF SPECIAL JOINT COMMITTEE ON PHYSICIAN-ASSISTED DYING DISCRIMINATES AGAINST BLIND CANADIANS

When the report, "Medical Assistance in Dying: A Patient-Centred Approach" was released last week, “I was anxious to read it, as CCD has been very active in this issue,” says John Rae, Second Vice Chair of the Council of Canadians with Disabilities. “But, to my surprise, it was released only in an inaccessible PDF version that I could not read, and this discriminates against me and all Canadians who cannot read conventional print,” added Rae. Read more.

November 19, 2014

Member Group Announcement - TVAC's Right the Wrong National Campaign

The ultimate goal of TVAC's RIGHT THE WRONG national campaign is to ensure that the Canadian born Thalidomide survivors can age with dignity.  YOUR VOICE, YOUR PARTICIPATION can make a difference! Read more.

October 21, 2014

Accessible Postal Service Is Our Goal

This week more Canadians will be losing door-to-door mail delivery.  Like other Canadians, people with disabilities will be looking for their mail at a community mailbox.  "Hopefully, only their mail will be waiting for them and not barriers which prevent them from using the mailbox in an accessible and dignified manner," stated Tony Dolan, CCD Chairperson. Read more.

October 1, 2014

Humanity evolving on human rights

The great need now is to be able to recognize human rights and their violations as exactly that, so that such abuses can be stopped and prevented. Read more.

September 26, 2014

Canadian Postal Service Charter

The Council of Canadians with Disabilities urges Canada to undertake a public review of the Canadian Postal Service Charter. Read more.

September 26, 2014

Disabling Poverty/Enabling Citizenship Forum

Join us on  December 2, 2014 at the Delta Ottawa Hotel for the release of our research findings on disability, poverty and citizenship.  Read more.

September 24, 2014

Letter to Canada Post

The disability community remains committed to the continuation of door-to-door postal service for all Canadians because this model is inclusive and does not create new barriers for persons with disabilities. Read more.

September 18, 2014

The Canadian Museum For Human Rights: A Beacon of Access and Inclusion

The Museum will be a place of not only sharing our histories and struggles for equality but a place that educates a new generation to a fuller and ever evolving understanding of equality. Read more.

August 19, 2014

Pre-budget Submission

August 18, 2014

CCD Pushed CMHR to Adopt Universal Design Approach

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) has embraced inclusive design.

Tony Dolan CCD Chairperson, Melanie Panitch, Yvonne Peters, CCD Human Rights Committee, and Howard Miller attend opening of Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

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August 14, 2014

A Doctor's Note for Home Mail Delivery

Getting a letter from a doctor to qualify for a service means a person with a disability must expend time, energy and money.  Read more.

April 16, 2014

Flaherty a champion

Dr. Prince has written a commentary about the work of the late Hon. Jim Flaherty, which was published in the Times Colonist. Read more.

April 16, 2014

Flaherty's legacy for Canadians with disabilities

A tribute to the late Hon. Jim Flaherty by CCD and CACL. Read more.

April 13, 2014

Bill C-23: Its Impact on Electors with Disabilities

To improve access to the electoral process, people with disabilities have made recommendations for law reform and have used the courts and tribunals to achieve better access.  This presentation follows in that tradition. Read more.

December 18, 2013

CCD before Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities

CCD urges the Committee to work with Canada Post to preserve some form of door-to-door service so that people with disabilities do not face more exclusion and dependency. Read more.

December 18, 2013

Media Advisory - CCD Before Standing Committee on Transport

Today, Bob Brown and Roy Hanes, representatives of the Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD), will appear before the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities (3:00 pm – 4:00 pm in Room C-110, 1 Wellington Street, Ottawa, ON) to discuss Canada Post's announced changes to services. Read more.

December 17, 2013

CCD to Minister of Transport about Canada Post

The Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD), a cross-disability organization of men and women with disabilities working for an accessible and inclusive Canada, is very concerned about Canada Post's plans to discontinue door-to-door mail service.  Due to a number of factors, this announced change in service will have an adverse impact on persons with disabilities, thus we urge that these plans be halted. Read more.

December 12, 2013

Press Release: Disabled Canadians' Concerns about Ending Door to Door Postal Service

CCD, a national organization of persons with disabilities is concerned that Canada Post’s proposal to end door to door postal services will adversely impact Canadians with disabilities. Read more.

December 12, 2013

Disabled Canadians' Concerns about Ending Door to Door Postal Service

CCD, a national organization of persons with disabilities, is concerned that Canada Post’s proposal to end door to door postal services will adversely impact Canadians with disabilities.   Read more.

December 11, 2013

Celebrating International Day of Persons with Disabilities

On 3 December 2013, International Day of Persons with Disabilities, CCD Chairperson Tony Dolan summarized the issues of people with disabilities at a breakfast on Parliament Hill hosted by Ministers Flaherty and Kenney.

Minister Flaherty, Minister Kenny, Tony Dolan

Minister Flaherty, Laurie Larson, CACL President, Tony Dolan, CCD Chairperson, and Minister Kenney at December 3rd Breakfast for disability community.

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November 29, 2013

International Day of Persons with Disabilities December 3

Ministers Flaherty and Kenney will  host a breakfast on Parliament Hill on December 3rd to provide an opportunity for Members of Parliament to meet with  CCD volunteers and others who provide the leadership and direction to the disability movement in Canada. Read more.

June 3, 2013

ACCDs Campaign For Barrier Free Health and Medical Services in Alberta

ACCD has started an awareness campaign about the issues that people with disabilities experience when accessing health and medical services in Alberta. As a part of our awareness campaign, we prepared a four minutes video that explains in simple language the high importance of barrier-free health and medical services: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1iBosJzHZdM  Read more.

February 12, 2013

Bill C - 400

I'm asking if you could take 15 minutes to contact your MP and urge their support of Bill C-400.~Tony Dolan, CCD Chairperson

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December 3, 2012

We All Are People With Disabilities: You Are Us

“December 3rd, International Day of Persons with Disabilities, is a day to celebrate and highlight our achievements. Much has been achieved but much remains to be done.  This year we ask all Canadians to reflect on the fact that disability is only an accident or a diagnosis away and that we all must work for and support efforts to make Canada more inclusive and accessible,” said Tony Dolan, CCD National Chairperson.  Read more.

June 14, 2012

The Envelope Please: The Voting Results from CCD's AGM

Tony Dolan was returned to the office of Chairperson for a second term.  Joining Tony on the Executive Committee are Pat Danforth, First Vice Chair; Steve Estey, Second Vice Chair; Marc Workman, Secretary; Anne McPhee, Treasurer; and Carmela Hutchison, Member-at-Large on the Executive. Read more.

June 14, 2012

Provincial and National Leaders on Disability Issues Recognized

Through the presentation of the CCD Awards, the Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD), a national organization working for a barrier-free Canada, recognizes the contributions of leaders in the disability community.  At the CCD Annual General Meeting on 9 June 2012, Tony Dolan, CCD Chairperson, announced the recipients of this year’s CCD Awards.  Read more.

June 5, 2012

Save the Date

Reserve 28 and 29 November 2012 on your calendar for End Exclusion.   Read more.

March 14, 2012

Budget 2012

Following the Budget, Government MP’s will return to their constituencies from April 9th -20th to “sell” the budget and build support for its proposals.    Opposition MP’s will present their criticisms of the government’s actions.  This is an opportunity for us, Canadians with disabilities, to present our concerns to our Member of Parliament. Read more.

December 1, 2011

Celebrating Our Accomplishments on UN Day of Persons with Disabilities

On 3 December 2011, Canadians will be celebrating the United Nations’ Day of Persons with Disabilities. The history of advances in disability policy at the federal level is presented in a new book, called Celebrating Our Accomplishments, published last month by the Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD), a national organization of people with disabilities working for an inclusive and accessible Canada. Read more.

November 16, 2011

Use Election to Recommit to Access and Inclusion for Manitobans with Disabilities

Like many other disability organizations, the MLPD has endorsed the disability community’s National Action Plan and the more recent Call to Action. These documents call upon Governments in Canada to fulfill the commitments made to Canadians with disabilities when this country ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Read more.

May 4, 2011

Your Help Is Needed!

CCD encourages everyone to contact their MP to remind them about the National Action Plan. The National Action Plan presents our recommendations for ending disability poverty, getting people with disabilities employed and developing an inclusive and accessible Canada. Read more.

January 27, 2011

Disability is Not a Partisan Issue

Whether through personal experience or that of family members, all Canadians are, or will be, affected by disability. Disability is not a partisan issue; disability is everyone’s issue. In the disability community, there is consensus that the priority issues for immediate attention are: poverty alleviation, improved employment opportunities for people with disabilities, investments to improve access and inclusion and support to the voluntary sector. Read more.

January 25, 2011

Pre Budget Consultation Brief to The Standing Committee on Finance: Disability Is Not A Partisan Issue

CCD reminds all Members of Parliament that disability issues are not partisan issues.  Our issues are of concern to all Canadians and most Canadians, at some point in their life, will access supports and services built to Create a More Accessible and Inclusive Canada. CCD is well aware that the federal jurisdiction has its limitations and that responsibility for many of our issues rests with the provinces and territories.  CCD calls on the Government of Canada to work collaboratively with the provinces and territories on labour market strategies and broad social policy initiatives to address the needs of persons with disabilities.  Wherever possible, CCD asks the Government of Canada to use its legislative powers to ensure that persons with disabilities are included fully in Canadian programs and services. Read more.

May 13, 2010

PALS and Data Collection on Persons with Disabilities

The Department is in the process of designing the new strategy for data collection on the status of persons with disabilities in Canada. PALS has been a very important tool for the disability community and frankly it is the only source of reliable data on persons with disabilities available to researchers, governments and the disability community. Only with good data can good programs be developed and implemented and only through ongoing data collection can we ascertain over the long-term whether programs are having positive impacts. HALS and PALS were developed over the years through supported consultation with our community. We urge you to ensure that the new strategy engages and seeks input from the broad community of persons with disabilities as well as from a technical committee of end users of that data. Read more.

May 10, 2010

Affordable Accessible Housing- A Critical Issue for Canadians with Disabilities

The Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) urges all Parliamentarians to support Bill C-304 – An Act to ensure secure, adequate, accessible and affordable housing for Canadians. One of the major issues people with disabilities have is finding affordable and accessible housing. Read more.

February 19, 2010

Disability Community Needs PALS in 2011

CCD has been urging HRSDC to support PALS 2011. Community members committed to effective disability public policy may also want to write to the Hon. Diane Finley, Minister Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, and call for the Government of Canada to support PALS 2011 Read more.

January 13, 2010

A Call For Action

Members of Parliament will be spending more time in their constituency offices in January and February. NOW is the perfect time for us to ensure that they know the priorities of Canadians with disabilities.Call, write or meet with your Member of Parliament before the end of February.Tell them about our national priorities.

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December 2, 2009

International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD): Celebrating Yes! But What?

Canadians with disabilities know that change does not occur overnight but will not accept inaction or regression. It is time to use new tools and new knowledge to accelerate the achievement of a more Inclusive and Accessible Canada. Read more.

October 21, 2009

CCD Affidavit in the Hughes Case

Mr. Peter Hughes encountered barriers when he went to cast his ballot in a Canadian Federal election. As a result, he made a complaint to the Canadian Human Rights Commission regarding the inaccessibility of his local polling station. Elections Canada is responsible for access at polling stations in Federal elections. This case is to be heard by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal. CCD submitted an affidavit seeking recognition as an interested party in the case. CCD has an in-depth understanding of the barriers experienced by persons with disability in the context of voting. In its affidavit, CCD shares its perspective on the fundamental importance of voting and the impact on people with disabilities when they experience barriers that prevent them from voting on an equal basis as people without disabilities. Understanding these barriers is critical for the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal in order to interpret the duty to accommodate and the factors to be considered in assessing undue hardship. Read more.

September 1, 2009

Pre Budget Consultation Brief Submission

In these challenging times, CCD urges the Government of Canada to remember those who already face significant disadvantage. Canadians with disabilities struggle when times are good to have their needs met. When times are bad, sadly we are often the first to feel the effects of cutbacks in services and supports or loss of employment.

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January 6, 2009

Pre Budget Consultation with Minister Flaherty

In these challenging times, CCD urges you and your colleagues to ensure that those who already face significant disadvantage are not forgotten. Canadians with disabilities struggle when times are good to have their needs met and when times are bad sadly we are often the first to feel the effects of cutbacks or loss of employment. Read more.

August 29, 2008

Council of Canadians with Disabilities Submission to the Canada Post Corporation Strategic Review

CCD shares its views with the Canada Post Corporation Strategic Review (CPCSR), regarding how Canada's postal service should function. An accessible postal service free from systemic discrimination against persons with disabilities is a key component of an accessible and inclusive Canada. Read more.

June 1, 2008

Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) Proposals Re: Expansion and Renewal of the Social Development Partnership Fund

CCD shares its views on renewal of the Social Development Partnership Program (SDPP). SDPP must be renewed and expanded. The first principle of any renewal is that no organization should be worse off. Read more.