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Report on the Impacts of COVID-19 on Communication Accessibility for Adults with Hearing Loss

Two people standing outside communicating through sign language with a clear mask on the face
A recent study collected information from approximately 700 Canadians who are Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing and captured the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Issues addressed included the impact of masks on communication, the demand for universal captioning and accessing health updates. This blog provides an overview of the results.

News on COVID19 Financial Aid for People w Disabilities/ Actualité sur COVID19 Aide financière aux personnes handicapées

Here’s a quick update to let you all know that today Minister Qualtrough announced that she intends to propose new legislation that would make the $600 benefit available to more people. The new legislation will expand the one-time payment to include approximately 1.7 million Canadians with disabilities, who are recipients of any of the following programs or benefits:

COVID-19 Financial Aid Announced for People with Disabilities

Today the Prime Minister announced that people with disabilities with a Disability Tax Credit Certificate will be receiving a one-time payment of up to $600. Details are still to come from the Government of Canada. This is probably one of the last financial aid packages to be offered. Although this financial aid falls short of what we had hoped for, many people in our community worked hard to make this happen.

COVID-19 Financial Aid to People with Disabilities

During the COVID-19 crisis, Canadians can be proud that we live in a country where our Government is responsive and our core values ensure we look after one another. However, many people with disabilities are still in need of financial aid. We need your help in asking the Government of Canada to work with the provincial and territorial governments to determine how to provide needed, financial assistance. Send a letter to governments across Canada NOW.