By M. Leona Godin
New York Times, Oct. 21, 2021
Like many disabled people who grew up in the decades after Helen Keller’s death in 1968, I had always found the mythology of her life story troubling. The narrative that depicted Keller arguably the most famous disabled person in 20th-century America as a sort of deaf-blind angel did not resonate with me.
Helen Keller and the Problem of ‘Inspiration Porn’ full article
Success Beyond Sight, (SBS), a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization, has created a FREE National Registry (NRTSVI) for Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments (TSVIs/TVIs) to empower a national voice for TSVIs/TVIs and to provide a means to reach, on a national level, TSVIs/TVIs with free resources and important professional information.
Success Beyond Sight recognizes the crucial role that TSVIs/TVIs play in the long-term success of their students. Strong instruction and mentorship by TSVIs/TVIs are common denominators for many highly accomplished adults who were born without vision or who lost their vision as children.
National Registry for Teachers of Students With Visual Impairments Launches full article
By Simon Little & Aaron McArthur Global News
Posted October 8, 2021
As businesses across British Columbia struggle with a labour shortage, one Vancouver-based charity thinks it has part of the solution.
Mission Possible says many employers are depriving themselves of good workers through unconscious bias and stigma around poverty, mental illness, disability and neurodiversity.
The organization, which helps people who have experienced homelessness or other major life challenges get back into the workforce, has now produced a hiring guidebook to help employers make use of a relatively untapped labour pool.
B.C. Charity Touts Diverse Hiring as Partial Solution to Labour Shortage full article
BY KAYLEE POCHE
NOLA.com, Oct. 11, 2021
The American Council of the Blind is urging taxpayer-funded state agencies to halt sending blind and low-vision people to any blindness training centers where allegations of sexual abuse have taken place, specifically citing recent allegations at the Louisiana Center for the Blind.
The Board of Directors, which passed the resolution at its Sept. 29 meeting, also asked the federal Rehabilitation Services Administration to take a series of actions aimed at preventing sexual assault and other inappropriate behavior at blindness training centers across the country.
Blindness Group Asks States to Stop Sending People to Training Centers With Abuse Allegations full article
CTV News Atlantic Reporter
Published Oct. 18, 2021
PEGGY’S COVE, N.S. – About 100 people gathered near the postcard-perfect lighthouse at Nova Scotia’s Peggy’s Cove on Monday to mark the official opening of a viewing platform that had initially rankled some local residents.
The 1,300-square-metre deck was designed to improve access to the site and discourage sightseers from venturing onto the wave-washed rocks when storms roll in.
“This celebration recognizes the efforts of the community … and provides a new and inclusive way to experience Peggy’s Cove,” Susan Corkum-Greek, the province’s economic development minister, said in a statement.
Viewing Platform Opens at Peggy’s Cove in Nova Scotia With Eye to Improving Safety full article
Measures introduced at the start of the pandemic to reduce the spread of COVID-19 made parts of society more accessible for people in Australia. But as we emerge, theres concern that accessibility could be taken away again. Carla Cram lives with EDS and ME/CFS
At the start of the coronavirus pandemic, the lives of billions of people across the world changed dramatically.
Lockdowns forced us to stay at home for extended periods of time, and events and appointments traditionally held in-person moved online.
While the sudden change was a shock to many, the move brought an element of accessibility into the lives of people with disability and chronic illnesses like never before.
COVID-19 Made Life More Accessible for People With Disability. Will it Stay That Way? full article
(CNW Group/March of Dimes Canada)
Oct 21, 2021
65+ years after the polio vaccine was developed, the leading charity is evolving once more to meet the needs of people living with disabilities
TORONTO, Oct. 21, 2021 /CNW/ – October 24 is World Polio Day, a day for people everywhere to support the fight to end polio. March of Dimes Canada is marking the occasion by unveiling a new strategic plan that boldly reimagines what the organization can be and do to transform the lives of the more than six million people living with disabilities across the country. Called “Champion Equity. Empower Ability.”, the 2021-2024 Strategic Plan also comes with a new purpose, mission, and vision to meet the needs of today.
March of Dimes Canada’s New Strategic Plan Promises Real Change for People Living With Disabilities full article
by Inclusion Canada
Wednesday, October 6, 2021
HALIFAX, NS: Today, the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal has paved the road to addressing the human rights of thousands of Nova Scotians with disabilities who continue to languish in institutions or in community without support.
This ruling sent a powerful message that there are fundamental systemic barriers in Nova Scotia that deny equality of opportunity for persons with disabilities.
The Council of Canadians with Disabilities, Inclusion Canada and People First Canada, a coalition granted permission to participate in this Appeal, are now urging the government of Nova Scotia to stop fighting persons with disabilities in courts, to acknowledge to systemic discrimination and to remove barriers to inclusion for all Nova Scotians with intellectual disabilities.
Significant Victory for Nova Scotians With Intellectual Disabilities full article
October 01, 2021 04:01 PM Eastern Daylight Time
TORONTO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AbleDocs Inc. is excited to announce that accessibility pioneer Mike Paciello is joining their ranks as their new Vice President for the United States.
“This is an incredible moment in AbleDocs’ history when we are able to bring Mike Paciello into our team and help us continue our unparalleled growth into the United States,” said Adam Spencer, AbleDocs CEO. “It’s an honour and a privilege to work directly with Mike after working alongside each other for over a decade.”
Mike Paciello Joins AbleDocs as Vice President, United States full article
By Emily Langer
Yesterday at 7:24 p.m. EDT
Sept. 29, 2021
Marilyn Golden, a nationally known disability rights advocate who spent nearly her entire adult life – ever since she was paralyzed in an accident during college – working on behalf of laws and public policy that made it easier for disabled people to ride buses, enter buildings and otherwise navigate the world, died Sept. 21 at her home in Berkeley, Calif. She was 67.
Her death was announced by the Berkeley-based Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF), where Ms. Golden was a senior policy analyst. The cause was melanoma, according to her companion, Rabbi David J. Cooper.
Marilyn Golden, Champion for Disability Rights, Dies at 67 full article