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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.

Human Rights and People with Disabilities - Droits de l'homme et personnes handicapées

The Canadian Human Rights Commission was recently given a new responsibility to monitor the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities here in Canada. They want to engage with diverse rights holders across Canada to hear about your lived experiences and opinions on this important topic. Your feedback matters. In fact, it will be invaluable to helping Canada better protect the rights of people with disabilities. Fill in the survey before July 31, 2020.

Stuff is Happening and You Should Know About It

We’ve got a few things to share with y'all.

Tomorrow – January 30th – the Canadian Association of Community Living and the Council of Canadians with Disabilities is hosting End of Life, Equality, and Disability: A national forum on Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD). The in-person session is sold out, but you can attend by livestream. Sign up at: https://freeman.streamme.ca/cac-ccd2020

Hey there Canadian disability-related organizations / Salut, organisations canadiennes liées aux personnes handicapées

We know that presenting issues shared among people with disabilities can influence the position of each political party. After all, together we represent about 22% of Canada's population. So, a combined effort could go a long way. In order to understand issues central to your communities, we invite you to send us two questions your organization would like to ask each political party.

We Did It

My Canada Includes Me image for Accessible Canada Act passing
Congratulations to all of you. The vote in the House of Commons passed unanimously. Once Bill C-81 has Royal Assent we will have an Accessible Canada Act.