Access & Inclusion

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As part of its three-year strategic plan, Spinal Cord Injury Canada is committed to the successful implementation of the Accessible Canada Act. 

 

By working with the government, organizations and individuals, we continue to push towards a more inclusive and accessible society. If you would like to work with us, please be in touch. Together, we can make change happen.

 

Here's how we are working with the Government of Canada to have an impact on access and inclusion across the country:

  • Our Executive Director, Bill Adair, sits on the Advisory Group to the federal Minister of Disability Inclusion, the Honourable Carla Qualtrough.
  • Our Executive Director, Bill Adair, is a member of the Board of Directors of Accessibility Standards Canada.
  • We have developed a cross-disability specific COVID-19 microsite.

  • We are a member of the Parliamentary Precinct Accessibility Advisory Committee. 
  • We are a member of the Canadian Transportation Agency's Accessibility Advisory Committee.
  • We are a member of the Canadian Human Rights Commission's Accessibility Advisory Board.
  • We have led the development of accessible communications standards for the federal public service.
  • We have developed, in partnership with People First Canada, a plain language version of the Accessible Canada Act for Accessibility Standards Canada.
  • We are working with our own advisory committee to provide guidance on a public service program in development.

Here's how we are working with the disability community to impact access and inclusion:

  • We have developed, and continue to lead, the Include-Me.Ca social movement.

  • We, along with other SCI Canada federation members, have a student scholarship program and each year distribute three scholarships.
  • We have partnered with other organizations to develop a webinar series focused on building the disability social movement to ultimately work towards a universal income for people with disabilities.
  • We are partners in a two-year project that will bring federally regulated entities, bound by the Accessible Canada Act, together with disability organizations across Canada to ensure accessible and inclusive business practices.
  • We are a member of Canada’s United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Committee that reports on Canada's compliance issues to the United Nations.
  • We have developed two Covid-19 information microsites at: SCI and Covid-19 and Covid-19 Resources
  • We are partnering on the Next-Generation 911 project, which is an initiative aimed at updating the 9-1-1 service infrastructure in the United States and Canada to improve public emergency communications services in a growing wireless mobile society.
  • We are partnering in a research project that will look at best practices, consumer expectations, and accessibility standards for mobile device procurement.

Blogs and Resources

A woman using a wheelchair looks out the door to an uncertain world. Masks are on the ground. The virus still exists and Freedom Convoy protesters are there.
Blog Post
The past two years, living in this global pandemic as a person with a disability, has been more d
Mar 11, 2022READ MORE
Woman using wheelchair stuck at the bottom of stairs with no accessible route available.
Blog Post
As someone who has a spinal cord injury (SCI), I always tell people that living with an SCI in your own home is not that difficult when it is accessible. Instead, it is existing in public settings with an SCI that seems to make life with an SCI difficult.
Feb 07, 2022READ MORE
Head and shoulder shot of Ramona Coelho, physician
Blog Post
The Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation hosts the Grand Rounds for Physiaitry Western. This zoom presentation will be about Bill C-7. The Keynote Speaker is Dr. Ramona Coelho, Please join the discussion about Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD).
Jan 13, 2021READ MORE
Head and shoulder shot of David Shannon - article about Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD)
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Read this compelling OpEd piece about medical assistance in dying (MAiD) published in The Chronicle Herald, The Guardian and The Journal Pioneer.
Dec 03, 2020READ MORE
Bill Adair presents at a media event regarding proposed changes to Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) Bill C-7
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Physiatrists and people with SCI spoke to the media via Zoom about proposed legislative changes to Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) via Bill C-7.
Nov 25, 2020READ MORE
close up of a smart phone with communication apps highlighted like whatsapp and messenger
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I was recently asked to speak at the Government of Canada's webinar titled "Engaging with All Canadians Effectively in the Government Communications". Attended by over 900 public service employees...
Nov 12, 2020READ MORE

Contact Us

Spinal Cord Injury Canada

Bill Adair, Executive Director
477 Mt Pleasant Rd, Suite 105,
Toronto, ON,
Canada, M4S 2L9

Phone: (416) 200-5814
Email: info@sci-can.ca

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