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IRIS Launches New Project: Working Together – Combating Structural Violence

Women in Canada come from many diverse backgrounds and live with multiple experiences of marginalization and with each layer of exclusion, whether that is migrant, indigenous or disability status – other barriers to their safety are added. Consequently, particular populations of women experience higher rates of abuse than other women’s communities due to structural violence … Continued

Legal Capacity, A Fundamental Right

Open Society Fellow, and Managing Director of the Institutes for Research and Development on Inclusion and Society Michael Bach, talks about how “supported decision making” can allow those of us with disabilities to contribute to and participate more fully in society. The full story can be found here and in the video below.

Building Safe Communities for People with Disabilities

Our right to be safe is the name of the workshop for service providers that Fran Odette researcher/consultant and Doris Rajan senior researcher/consultant of IRIS gave on issues relating to violence against women, with a focus on women with disabilities. The workshop was recently presented in  Saint John, New Brunswick to a group of service providers. Before … Continued

Meet Malini Chib – Toronto Reception and Book Reading

Attend a reception and book reading to celebrate author Malini Chib’s visit to Canada. Monday, March 17, 2014 at 6:30–7:30 p.m. Hot House Cafe, 35 Church Street (at Front Street), Toronto, ON. One Little Finger is the autobiography of Malini Chib— a woman who defied all odds to emerge victorious in spite of a crippling … Continued

New Publication – Six Key Elements for an Inclusive Labour Market

There is a growing recognition among employers, governments, and the public at large of the valuable contributions that people with disabilities bring to Canadian workplaces. At the same time, concerns about skills shortages and labour market supply issues have been a dominant theme of Canadian and international policy discussion. A recent report of the federal … Continued

IRIS’ International Work on Legal Capacity – Zambia

The following blog post was written by Doris Rajan, Director of Social Development for IRIS Institute, on her most recent return from Zambia where she and others from IRIS are involved in social policy work. The above video documents some of the highlight from the most recent trip. I was sitting in Nairobi airport last … Continued

New Report: Looking Into Poverty

Looking Into Poverty: Income Sources of Poor People with Disabilities in Canada, provides a detailed look at amounts of income that poor people with and without disabilities obtain from employment and from fourteen non-employment income sources. These include social assistance, the Canada and Quebec Pension Plan, private pensions and investments, spousal and child support and … Continued

The Right to Decide Forum – October 25, 2013

“The Right to Decide: Lived Experience of People with Disabilities, Older Persons and HIV/AIDS” is a forum to share experiences and perspectives on the right to make decisions, which will be held on Friday, October 25, 2013. People with intellectual disabilities, psychiatric consumer/survivors, older persons, and those living HIV/AIDS often have had their right to make … Continued

Government of Nova Scotia Commits to Transform Services

The Government of Nova Scotia has announced a major commitment to transforming services and supports to persons with disabilities in the province. This is the result of two major consultations in the province over the past six months. See the announcement here. IRIS has played a significant role in the steps leading up to this announcement. IRIS … Continued

IRIS Institute Partnering with Nova Scotia Community Services

IRIS is pleased to announce that the Institute has been engaged by the Government of Nova Scotia to assist in a consultation process to create a roadmap for transforming supports and services for persons with disabilities in the province. The aim is to create a system that advances community inclusion and full participation for all … Continued