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Working with service providers, provincial and national advocacy organizations and federations and the private and public sectors, IRIS seeks to identify and remove the barriers people with disabilities and their families face when attempting to access health, social, financial and other types of services needed to advance their inclusion in society.

Current Projects

Accessibility and Inclusion Culture Change Strategies Inclusive of People with Intellectual Disabilities

Accessibility and Inclusion Culture Change Strategies Inclusive of People with Intellectual Disabilities

Timeframe: September 2021 to June 2022

This project aims to identify key lessons for inclusion and accessibility culture change initiatives that address barriers faced by people with intellectual disabilities, and increase awareness at the federal level of the need for a comprehensive, robust, and targeted culture change strategy to advance goals of the Accessible Canada Act.

Accessibility in Action: Bridging Disability Communities & Regulated Entities under the Accessible Canada Act

Accessibility in Action: Bridging Disability Communities & Regulated Entities under the Accessible Canada Act

Timeframe: September 2020 to June 2022

Accessibility in Action is a two-year initiative managed by IRIS with a diverse project leadership team and implementation partners and advisors – including disability organizations with local-to-national reach, individuals representing marginalized communities (i.e. Indigenous, racialized, migrant, 2SLGBTQ+) as well as technical and legal experts.

Accessibility in Action sets out to create an online platform that will bring disability communities together with the thousands of organizations or entities who are regulated under the Accessible Canada Act of 2019. The initiative aims to help deliver on the legislation’s immense potential to mobilize effective engagement of people with disabilities and federally-regulated entities in creating an accessible and inclusive Canada that fully respects and protects the human rights of people with disabilities.

Supported by Employment and Social Development Canada.

Past Projects

Achieving Accessibility Culture Change:      A Review of Exemplary Initiatives

Achieving Accessibility Culture Change: A Review of Exemplary Initiatives

Timeframe: December 2020 to June 2021

The purpose of this project was to contribute to the development of a Government of Canada culture change strategy with respect to accessibility and the social inclusion of persons with disabilities.  The work involved the identification and analysis of exemplary initiatives for achieving culture change related to accessibility and social inclusion.

This project was led by Sherri Torjman, a long term IRIS collaborator.