Links and Resources
Links and Resources
People with disabilities are your clients, employees, and part of your community. Check out our guide, “Tips for Office Accessibility” below to learn simple tips on how businesses can be more accessible and inclusive to persons with disabilities.
When opening to public participation, it is important to create an experience that is inclusive and accessible. Check out our guide, “Tips for Accessible Public Meetings” below to review a checklist of basic accessibility to consider.
Restaurants are a business and community space for people to come together and no one should be excluded from the experience. Check out our guide, “Easy Ways to Make Restaurants More Accessible” below to improve the accessibility of the restaurant.
We have a list of fiction, memoir, and non-fiction books that showcase living with a disability. Check out our book list below.
As weather events become more frequent, preparing for a storm and emergency has shown to be a necessary and important action. For more information on emergency preparedness, check out “How to Prepare for an Emergency” below.
Canada Disability Benefit
The Canada Disability Benefit is aimed to reduce poverty and support the financial security of persons with disabilities. Below are documents of the advocacy work that has been done to get royal assent on June 22, 2023.
CPP Disability Benefit
The CPP Disability Benefit is a program under the Canada Pension Plan that aims to provide financial assistance to Canadians who have left the workforce and are unable to return due to significant medical conditions. Check out the resources below.
Registered Disability Savings Plan
Canada’s ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities acknowledges our obligations as a country to provide persons with disabilities the supports needed to live a valued and dignified life.
In addition to Article 9, Accessibility To enable persons with disabilities to live independently and participate fully in all aspects of life, and Article 19, Living independently and being included in the community Article 21 clearly outlines Freedom of expression and opinion, and access to information
Our connectivity through communication greatly impacts our quality of life and the journey we travel. Without the appropriate communication supports, it’s a very bumpy road.
- Broadband access, like home telephone service, is essential for Canadians to get ahead.
- The CRTC must address barriers of access to home internet, including affordability. Everyone should have equal access to high speed internet, regardless of income.
- A home internet connection is necessary for important life activities, including looking for employment, completing homework, and accessing government services and forms.
- We need the Commission to mandate affordable access for all Canadians, with actual download speeds of at least 25 Mbps by 2020.
Press Release for Accessible Broadcasting – Access 2020 Coalition
Resources to Make Communications Accessible
Communications Disabilities Across Canada (CDAC) Resources
We have seven documents that explains the accessibility considerations for disabilities that affect communications.
For more information, check out CDAC at www.cdacanada.com
Clear Language and Print
Ensuring good psychological health and safety is important. This is why the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) developed a National Standard for two areas. Click on the prefer standard for more information.
These are voluntary guidelines to help Canadian workplaces and post-secondary institutions protect and promote people’s psychological health.
You're Not Alone
If you, or a loved one is having a hard time, please do not feel like you can’t reach out. Support for mental health, addictions, and many other struggles are available to you.
If this is an emergency, or if you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call the Provincial Mental Health and Addictions Crisis Line toll-free at 1-888-429-8167 or call 911.
There are several transportations options that work on improving access for people with disabilities in their communities. You can check out
Extra Care Taxi in Halifax Regional Municipality,
and the Rural Transportation Association outside Halifax, Nova Scotia.