Making Canada Accessible

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Lives are at Stake

The Canadian government is considering Bill C-7 which, if passed, will threaten the lives, rights, and dignity of people with disabilities. Currently, in Canada, medical assistance in dying (MAiD) can only be provided to people who are near the end of life. If passed, Bill C-7 will no longer restrict MAiD to end of life circumstances and will make disability a justification for ending a life.

Canadian Disability Benefit: What Is It

 

Never before in Canadian history, has a government had a Disability Inclusion Plan in the Throne Speech with the commitment to a "new Canadian Disability Benefit modelled after the Guaranteed Income Supplement for seniors". This is our community's chance to make sure this benefit is set up correctly.

Wireless Accessibility for People who are Deaf, Deaf-Blind and Hard of Hearing

The CRTC has a proceeding (CRTC 2020-178) that is investigating the issues of wireless accessibility for all persons with disabilities in Canada, and that includes those who are Deaf, Deaf-Blind and Hard of Hearing (DDBHH). DDBHH Canadians use more data on their wireless phones due to using their smartphones for video with sign language communications, or especially for those who are Deaf-Blind, wayfinding (GPS) to find their way around. Video communications means more data over the wireless connections. As a result, data packages are expensive. This is unfair because those who use sign language with video communications need fair costs for data packages. It is their right to have fair wireless data packages with accessibility with sign language communication.

Two Engagement Opportunities in the Disability Movement

Two very important engagement opportunities to share today… /  Deux opportunités d'engagement très importantes à partager aujourd'hui…                               

                                                                                 

Show Me the Money

We thought it would be a good time to check-in, as the latest Throne Speech turned out to be a pretty big deal. The Government introduced its Disability Inclusion Plan, which will have:

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