Nova Scotia first province to adopt Hansen Foundation curriculum in schools

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HALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s Education Department is teaming up with the Rick Hansen Foundation to provide inclusion and accessibility teaching materials to the province’s schools. The free online programs are now available to teachers and include access to foundation ambassadors and a series of lesson plan ideas for primary and high schools. Hansen says […]

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Accessibility advocates say Peggy’s Cove viewing deck will ensure safe access for all – Halifax

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The recent public announcement of a multimillion-dollar project that would see an accessible viewing deck constructed at Peggy’s Cove, has been met with plenty of different views and opinions. Following the announcement, Michelle Paul, a Mi’kmaw water protector, raised concern over the possibility of construction damaging areas where Mi’kmaq harvest sweetgrass, one of their […]

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Advocacy group sounding alarm on ‘extreme’ wait times for specialized mobility aids in Alberta

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A newly formed advocacy group called Wheels of Change is sounding the alarm on Albertans with spinal cord injuries having to wait extreme periods of time to receive specialized wheelchairs and equipment under a government program called Alberta Aids to Daily Living (AADL). “To me, these are my legs, this helps me move from […]

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B.C. election 2020: Special Olympics asks candidates to commit to health care task force

B.C. election 2020: Special Olympics asks candidates to commit to health care task force

Special Olympics BC says health services for people with intellectual disabilities need to be top of mind during the upcoming provincial election. The organization is asking all candidates to commit, if elected, to a task force that would focus on those issues and include consultation with people who have intellectual disabilities and their caregivers. […]

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Halifax construction leaves some intersections ‘impassable’ for wheelchairs and elderly, advocate says – Halifax

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A Halifax wheelchair user says it’s time that the city starts implementing mitigation measures to ensure people with disabilities can still safely access areas of the municipality that are under construction. “There’s a lot of corners on [Robie Street], right now, that are completely impassable for somebody with a disability, somebody who uses a […]

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Edmonton mother says daughter with Down syndrome facing age discrimination

Edmonton mother says daughter with Down syndrome facing age discrimination

An Edmonton mother wants to challenge Alberta’s Child Care Licensing Act. Jill Scobey said the act discriminates against families with children with disabilities and her 15-year-old daughter Raedun. Read more: Parents of Alberta students with disabilities worry about return to school Raedun has Down syndrome and had been attending the same out-of-school care program […]

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‘I need help’: Coronavirus highlights disparities among Canadians with disabilities – National

‘I need help’: Coronavirus highlights disparities among Canadians with disabilities - National

Prior to the novel coronavirus pandemic, 27-year-old Marissa Blake was rarely ever home. Now, Blake, who lives in Toronto supportive housing and needs assistance to walk, can only have one visitor a week for three hours and can’t see her friends in-person. An appointment to discuss surgery on her legs was cancelled, and her sleep […]

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Quebec invests $4.2M toward better accessibility at Place des Arts metro – Montreal

Quebec invests $4.2M toward better accessibility at Place des Arts metro - Montreal

A corridor built in 1966 that grants access to Montreal’s Place des Arts will be more accessible thanks to a $ 4.2 million grant from the Quebec government. The corridor, which will be the subject of major works, connects the complex to Place des Arts metro station. A staircase will first be demolished, then a […]

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‘It’s a sad situation’: Developer creating shared housing for the physical disabled – Halifax

‘It’s a sad situation’: Developer creating shared housing for the physical disabled - Halifax

A development company in Halifax says fixing the housing problem young adults with physical disabilities are experiencing is “very simple,” and is prepared to show the province exactly what they mean. EcoGreen Homes has an office on Gottingen Street near Cornwallis Street, just a few steps from one of their already underway construction projects. They’re […]

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‘I am extremely disappointed’: group home proposal sparks outrage in Weyburn

‘I am extremely disappointed’: group home proposal sparks outrage in Weyburn

Social Services Minister Paul Merriman says he is “extremely disappointed” in Weyburn city council’s decision to not approve a group home for four adults with mental and physical disabilities. The Saskatchewan Housing Authority had the application for the home before council on March 11 for a discretionary use permit in The Creeks subdivision. “This particular […]

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