Disability Rights

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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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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

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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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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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Welcome to the first province/territory we will cover in this series – “Marriage Equality by Province”. You will be able to find your province/territory and see how marriage or cohabitation with a common law spouse will affect your application for provincial/territorial disability benefits. I live in British Columbia, where I first started to understand just…

Read More British Columbia – Marriage Equality by Province