Report on the Impacts of COVID-19 on Communication Accessibility for Adults with Hearing Loss
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.
COVID-19 and People with Disabilities
If the experiences of people with disabilities during COVID-19 are not recorded, then it will be like they never happened. The COVID-19 Disability Survey is a special initiative to record the experiences, concerns and needs of people with disabilities.
Let's Start Now to End Disability Poverty
Bill C-35 was introduced on June 22 by the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion Carla Qualtrough. This bill will be known as the proposed Canada Disability Benefit Act.
Open Letter Regarding Vaccines for Disabled Canadians Living with Chronic Medical Conditions
The following Open Letter is regarding the vaccination of disabled Canadians living with chronic medical conditions in the community. The letter was sent to all Members of Parliament on February 18th, 2021.
Vaccines and Treatments for COVID-19: Vaccine Rollout
The Government of Canada has released a microsite that provides information about the COVID-19 vaccines. Of particular interest is the section "Groups that will get the vaccine first". People with disabilities are nowhere on the Canadian Government's rollout.
More Details on Financial Aid for People with Disabilities
Government of Canada Minister Carla Qualtrough has asked us to share her message regarding the $600 COVID-19 financial aid for people with disabilities. You can find the full message here.
COVID-19 Financial Aid for People with Disabilities Passed/ Aide financière COVID19 pour les personnes handicapées réussies
Bill C-20, An Act Respecting Further COVID-19 Measures, received Royal Assent today, and also came into force. This Act includes the one-time financial assistance of up to $600 to people with disabilities. It's a done deal.
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.