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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

No More PALS, Now What?

Statistics Canada’s Participation and Activity Limitation Survey (PALS) of 2001 and 2006 was built on the predecessor Health and Activity Limitation Survey (HALS) of 1986 and 1991. These ‘flagship’ surveys on disability established a kind of international ‘gold standard’ for gathering and reporting statistical data on disability. In 2011, the Minister of Human Resources and … Continued

Premier Alward of New Brunswick acknowledges IRIS’s ‘Policy Making for Inclusion – Leadership Development Program’

New Brunswick Premier David Alward issued a letter to all participants in the “Policy Making for Inclusion – Leadership Development Program”. The program is designed to assist policy makers in achieving the government’s platform commitment to “enable New Brunswickers with disabilities to actively participate in all aspects of society and take their rightful place as full … Continued

Transforming Communities through Social Development

Social development is the process of organizing human energies and activities at higher levels to achieve greater results. There are two key components of social development: Learning and application Society discovers better ways to fulfill its aspirations and develops mechanisms to translate knowledge to achieve its social and economic goals. What does that mean in … Continued