Thursday, April 11, 2019

More Than A Footnote: A Research Report on Women and Girls with Disabilities in Canada

Released to coincide with International Women's Day, More Than A Footnote: A Research Report on Women and Girls with Disabilities in Canada, examines the critical barriers women and girls with disabilities continue to face in Canada. 

The report covers a number of issues through an intersectional lens including: high rates of violence and victimization, poverty, homelessness, barriers to education, employments etc. 

Be sure to read more about the report and learn more about DAWN Canada's important work in this area. 

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

SEPTEMBER 20 - Book Launch - Disability Politics in a Global Economy: Essays in Honour of Marta Russell

Check out the paperback book launch for Disability Politics in a Global Economy: Essays in Honour of Marta Russell (Routledge) edited by Ravi Malhotra. 

Panel discussion with speakers from the United States and Canada including Dr. Jihan Abbas (independent scholar), David Connor (Professor, Hunter College), Matthew Smith (Associate, Low Murchison Radnoff LLP), and Ravi Malhotra (Full Professor, Faculty of Law, Common Law Section, and Vice Dean, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa). 

The book features contributions by Richard Jochelson and Michelle Bertrand, Jihan Abbas, Matthew Smith, Mark Weber, Nirmala Erevelles, Anne Finger, David Connor and April Coughlin, Liat Ben-Moshe and Jean Stewart, Suzanne Stolz, Emily Perkins and Zahari Richter (writing as Zach Richter). Preface by Samuel R. Bagenstos (Michigan Law School). 

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Perceptions of Our Childhood: Confronting Social Constructions of Care, Disability, and Childhood

The Sociology of Childhood and Youth Studies in Canada is finally out! 

This is a great edited collection exploring Canadian scholarship about young lives from a sociological perspective. 

I'm honoured to have a chapter in this collection examining our own experiences around disability and sibling relationships titled Perceptions of Our Childhood: Confronting Social Constructions of Care, Disability, and Childhood. Most importantly, I'm thrilled to have had the opportunity to expand on aspects of my doctoral research that push back against negative notions about disability and childhood. 

Monday, April 24, 2017

How ODSP Regulations Trap Recipients in Poverty

Recently I had the opportunity to collaborate with Helen Ries on a piece in the Toronto Star about ODSP regulations and poverty. 

It's important that we continue to advocate for change in Ontario to ensure disabled persons are not experiencing poverty. To support these efforts you can do the following: 

1. Share this article with your networks. 

2. Join the coalition (and check out the great work coalition members are doing to alleviate poverty).  

3. Consider reaching out to your local representative to ensure poverty and disability are priority issues for all parties.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Strategies for Competent and Ethical Disability Law Advocacy

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM (EST) is the 2nd annual Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) Conference Fundraiser. 

Please join myself, and others, as we discuss issues related to disability advocacy and the law. 

Friday, October 14, 2016

Consultations of interest to Disability Community

There are currently a number of consultations with the federal government that are of interest to the disability community. Details and links to participate are listed below: 

1. From now until February 2017 the government is consulting with Canadians around planned accessibility legislation. To find background information on this process as well options for participating, Canadians can visit the website

2. Public consultations are also underway to help shape a national strategy on housing. Canadians can share ideas, take a survey, and submit their ideas in writing prior to October 21, 2016. 

3. Between October 6th and November 4th 2016 the government is gathering feedback about changes to Employment insurance (EI) and caregiving benefits

4. In advance of the next federal budget the government is consulting Canadians about budget priorities. To take part, visit the #Budget2017 website. 

5. The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is consulting with Canadians around efforts to modernize rules that govern the charitable sector. Of specific interest for the non-profit sector are rules that govern political activities. To learn more about this and to be part of this important process visit the CRA website

6. The government is also set to consult Canadians about poverty reduction strategies (in 2017). For the time being, Canadians can access background and related information on this issue and the upcoming process. 

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Coalition for Change Nominated for Ottawa Social Impact Award!

The work of the Coalition driving the movement to change the gift and asset limits for ODSP recipients in Ontario has been nominated for an Ottawa Social Impact Award

The Ottawa Social Impact Awards are a partnership between the City of Ottawa and Impact Hub Ottawa to highlight Ottawa-based initiatives that have the potential for lasting impact, emphasize the power of collective action, and recognize social innovation aimed at shaking up the status quo. 

For more on the work of the gifts and assets collation please visit the website, and to vote for this initiative please visit the Ottawa Social Impact Award website