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The New IRIS Website – In Promising Times

The following blog post was written by Michael Bach, Managing Director at IRIS. Welcome to IRIS’s new website! We are re-launching our online platform as IRIS’s development initiatives are expanding, and as the federal government is renewing and growing its policy commitments to advance the inclusion of Canadians with disabilities. It makes for promising times … Continued

Highlights: IRIS Hosts Victims Week Events Across Canada

IRIS received a grant to participate in and help organize nationwide events for Justice Canada’s Victims and Survivors of Crime Week which took place May 28 to June 3, 2017. IRIS worked with their partners in Vancouver, Regina, Toronto, Moncton, and Saint John to organize four community meetings in each city that brought together key … Continued

IRIS to Participate in Nationwide Events for Victims Week

IRIS received a grant to participate in and help organize nationwide events for Justice Canada’s Victims and Survivors of Crime Week, taking place May 28 to June 3, 2017. IRIS is working with their partners in Vancouver, Regina, Toronto, and Saint John to organize community meetings that will bring together key support providers for Indigenous, … Continued

International Women’s Day: Why Equality Matters

Women with disabilities make up 10 percent of the population of all women worldwide, and in Canada, one out of five women is living with a disability. Women with disabilities are a highly diverse population, both in terms of the kinds of disabilities they are living with, and their individual identities and experiences. Women with disabilities … Continued

Nationwide Stakeholder Meetings for IRIS’ Working Together Initiative

As part of IRIS’ Working Together initiative, IRIS and its local project partners across the country organized stakeholder meetings in Vancouver, Saint John, and Toronto. Representatives from relevant violence prevention and response sectors in each city (e.g. law enforcement, VAW and shelter services, mental health services) came together to work with community workers, advocates and … Continued

Doris Rajan in Colombia for UNFPA/AECID Work on Standards for Violence against Women with Disabilities

  Doris Rajan, Director of Social Development at IRIS, joined an Expert Group Meeting at the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation training center located in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia on December 6-8, 2016, to help develop standards for violence against women with disabilities. The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Spanish Agency for International … Continued

Working Together Meetings Bring Together Marginalized Women

The Working Together initiative national team met on October 4 and 5 in Toronto after the first year of implementation to ensure that we are taking the time to review, reflect and refine project activities as they pertain to our goal – to practically address the root causes of violence against some of the most … Continued

Supported Decision Making in Johannesburg

Michael Bach, Managing Director, and Doris Rajan, Director of Development, travelled to Johannesburg, South Africa to continue their work on the issue of legal capacity for people with mental health and intellectual disabilities. Here are some highlights from the workshops: The Open Society Initiative of Southern African brought many countries from southern Africa together to tackle the issue of … Continued

Coming Changes in Executive Leadership

The Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL) and IRIS – Institute for Research and Development on Inclusion and Society are pleased to announce the creation of a full-time Managing Director position at IRIS, the research and development arm of CACL. The Institute was first launched by CACL in 1969 and has long served the CACL … Continued

VIDEO: Highlights from Saint John’s Community Town Hall for Working Together Initiative

On March 30, 2016, groups of women, men and even children took part in the Saint John’s Community Town Hall for the Working Together initiative to combat structural violence. IRIS worked with the Saint John Human Development Council and Domestic Violence Community Action Group to put together this town hall and continue working together for a … Continued