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Building Solidarity from the Margins

IRIS continues our partnerships with the Saint John Human Development Council, Across Boundaries: An Ethnoracial Mental Health Centre (Toronto), Inclusion Winnipeg; Warriors Against Violence Society (Vancouver), Institut National pour L’Equité -L’Equalité -L’Inclusion (Montréal); and Nunavummi Disabilities Makinnasuaqtiit Society (Iqaluit) to support the work and growth of Local Safety & Inclusion Solidarity Networks (LSISN) that have … Continued

IRIS Celebrates International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2023

IRIS is honoured and proud to be joining with our partners and friends from diverse disability and Deaf communities in Canada and around the world in marking December 3rd, International Day of Persons with Disabilities. We both recognize immense accomplishments of the disability rights movement and the struggles that lie ahead. The UN Convention on … Continued

Celebrating National Truth & Reconciliation Day 2023

Last week in Saint John New Brunswick, IRIS hosted a national event that brought diverse Indigenous peoples together from across the country with people with disabilities, d/Deaf people and/or racialized and refugee people. Through this event we learned about many truths… often difficult to hear. It became clear by the end of our two-day event, … Continued

IRIS and BDO Canada – Partnering to improve accessibility and inclusion in the workplace

IRIS is pleased to be partnering with BDO Canada on a new initiative to improve accessibility and inclusion in the workplace. BDO Canada and IRIS are set to co-design a first-of-its-kind audit tool that will set a baseline for accessibility in the workplace. This specialized Accessibility Engagement Audit Tool will help employers identify barriers and … Continued

The R Word – Documentary, 2009

They have been called “village idiots”, “imbeciles”, “fools”, “sub-humans” and “retards”. They have been incarcerated and abused in prisons and institutions. They have been feared and misunderstood for centuries. They are people with intellectual disabilities. Directed by Pierre Tétrault, The “R” Word tells us stories of three generations of families and individuals, their incredible stories … Continued

Black History Month & Local Safety & Inclusion Solidarity Networks

IRIS has collaborated with two community organizations involved in the Local Safety & Inclusion Solidarity Networks in Saint John and Toronto to engage community in Black History Month celebrations!   We are very excited for the events that are lined up during Black History Month.   The first event entitled Elevated Woman: Black History Month Celebration is … Continued

International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2022

IRIS is pleased to join millions of Canadians, and billions of people around the world, in recognizing International Day of Persons with Disabilities. This is a time to celebrate accomplishments, reflect on issues still to be confronted, and chart a path for the year ahead. At IRIS we are pleased to announce the coming launch … Continued

Trafficking & Indigenous women with Intellectual, Cognitive and Psychosocial Disabilities: Promising Preventative Practices

IRIS- Institute for Research and Development on Inclusion and Society has been in partnership with NWRCT- Native Women’s Resource Centre of Toronto for several years working on various projects. Our most recent project is titled, Trafficking & Indigenous women with Intellectual, Cognitive and Psychosocial Disabilities: Promising Preventative Practices. Trafficking has and continues to be, responsible for … Continued

June Update: Saint John, NB – Local Safety & Inclusion Solidarity Network (LSISN)

News from Saint John, New BrunswickBy Sue Davis, Local Coordinator What is a Local Safety and Inclusion Solidarity Network (LSISN)? Why would I want to join such a network? These topics were explored in Saint John on June 1st at an information meeting hosted by the Human Development Council and IRIS – Institute for Research … Continued

Celebrate National AccessAbility Week with IRIS!

Visit us at The Accessibility Exchange – Building an Inclusive and Accessible Canada This year, consistent with the theme for NAAW 2022 ‘Disability Inclusive from the Start,’ IRIS is pleased to announce The Accessibility Exchange – an online platform will bring people with Disabilities, Deaf people, their supporters and organizations together with federally regulated organizations … Continued