Close up view of several colourful plastic straws inside a glass. Close up view of several colourful plastic straws inside a glass.

This government has promised to implement policy through a “disability lens”. This is – and I can not stress this enough – not happening right now. They can’t say they make decisions with a “disability lens” in Canada if they just banned plastic straws. How much has the disability community screamed about their need for…

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Graphic created by Democratic Socialists of Canada (www.democraticsocialists.ca) Caption: Photo of Canada, with the maximum disability benefit by province/territory, reads "The Most Vulnerable Canadians are Forced To Live In Poverty, There is a better way". Monthly benefits for BC 1,183, AB 1,685, SK 1,064, MB 1,036, ON 1,169, QC 1,388, NB 1,388, NS 850, PEI 987, N&L 985. Graphic created by Democratic Socialists of Canada (www.democraticsocialists.ca) Caption: Photo of Canada, with the maximum disability benefit by province/territory, reads "The Most Vulnerable Canadians are Forced To Live In Poverty, There is a better way". Monthly benefits for BC 1,183, AB 1,685, SK 1,064, MB 1,036, ON 1,169, QC 1,388, NB 1,388, NS 850, PEI 987, N&L 985.

Disabled Canadians talking right now about how they hope the new promised disability benefits are at least closer to the poverty line TELLS YOU EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT DISABILITY RIGHTS IN CANADA

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Yes, I haven’t posted for a couple months and no, I don’t mind. Being able to simply survive during a pandemic is a success in it’s own right, let alone being able to survive with CRPS in a pandemic. I am also a student and uh, did you know I have CRPS? Ugh. Okay but…

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The disability community had been anxiously waiting for a “big announcement” made by Justin Trudeau on June 5th. When we heard it, the all too familiar collective frustration and sadness overwhelmed us. Check out the replies to Minister Carla Qualtrough’s announcement tweet to see what I mean.👇 Needless to say, disabled people are upset. The…

Read More Canada’s performative “disability lens” pandemic relief

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As the world is starting to open back up and people are going out more and more for nonessential reasons, I have been trying to understand why I am reliving some traumatic feelings from seemingly out of nowhere. I think I figured it out today.  I know when my body is in pain, and after…

Read More Why am I reliving medical gaslighting right now?

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Right now a lot of you are at home, off from your usual work hours, feeling these anxious feelings of needing to “get things done” and justify your time off. We remind ourselves in the disability community all the time of the fact that it is okay to be unproductive. We don’t have to spend…

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The Emergency Response Benefit was announced today. This means most Canadian citizens will receive a $2,000 benefit per month for the next four months during this pandemic. Amazing! We are incredibly privileged to have this in Canada. I’m sure that this will calm many stresses that people have been rightfully expressing around their finances in…

Read More Institutionalized Ableism and Liveable Disability Benefits

Woman with baby strapped to her walking beside a woman in a wheelchair on a public street, beside people sitting on a bench and a tennis court. Woman with baby strapped to her walking beside a woman in a wheelchair on a public street, beside people sitting on a bench and a tennis court.

Accessibility doesn’t have to be radical. It doesn’t have to be a far reach. It can be the norm.  We all have big things on our minds right now. These are uncertain times. Things continue to get more serious by the day. It feels weird to talk about anything other than the coronavirus pandemic right…

Read More What new accessibility measures could mean for the disabled population.

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Listen to your chronically ill friends and family right now. We are experts in this field. We know what’s up. It looks like we are headed towards many more people needing to isolate themselves at home, for an undetermined amount of time. Many of us chronically ill folks have needed to live this way for…

Read More How To Emotionally Manage Your Social Isolation

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I started a hashtag on twitter yesterday. There were many of us sharing stories. I was talking about how it feels as a disabled person to see so many accommodations being made to the public in response to coronavirus, when a lot of those same accommodations “could not” be made in the past despite the…

Read More What is #AccessibilityForAbleds and why does it matter?
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