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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

Changing Attitudes towards Education at the Community Level

Doris Rajan, Director of Social Development, was in Goa, India presenting at the North South Dialogue IV – Implementing Tools of Change for Inclusion. This conference was hosted by Dr. Mithu Alur Founder of ADAPT – Able Disabled All People Together – a long time international partner of the IRIS Institute and the Canadian Association for Community … Continued

The Employment of People with Disabilities: What’s Working?

Under the Labour Market Agreements for Persons with Disabilities (LMAPDs), the federal government continues to share with the provinces the cost of programs that seek to improve the employment prospects of people with disabilities. While there have been improvements in the employment sector since the early 2000s, there is still a long way to go … Continued