UN Side-Event June 17th: Nothing Without Us: Disability Inclusion and the Pandemic Recovery

Nothing Without Us!

Thursday, June 17th, 2021  to 

The disability community in Canada and internationally has continually called upon all levels of government to include persons with disabilities in its management of the current pandemic and recovery efforts. This side event would focus on how countries can take an overarching “Nothing without us” approach to the pandemic recovery and ensure full social and economic inclusion of persons with disabilities.

News that Nourishes Spring 2021 Edition

We published our spring 2021 newsletter! Check it out by clicking here!

Here at the Centre, we are excited to share the projects our team have been working on, news, upcoming events and more with you through our newsletters. 

The Great Balancing Act!

My PhD journey began in September 2016. My start was probably a bit different from the average student’s. I pulled up to MacDonald Institute reminiscing about my graduate school days that I had finished a few years before. I thought about the classes I took and the friends I made during my MSc program in Family Relations and Human Development.

Findings from an Environmental Scan on Sex and Gender Based Analysis + (SGBA+) in Health Impact Assessment

A new report is now available describing an environmental scan of domestic and international good practices to integrate SGBA+ in health impact assessments to support implementation of new requirements in the Canada’s Impact Assessment Act.

A special event to discuss the findings is scheduled for May 6 at 1 p.m.

RSVP to for a link to participate and a copy of the report.

Our Knowledge, Our Voices Postcard Series

Violence against women1 is a pervasive and persistent problem, but too often it is an invisible problem. In family and community conversations, silence hangs over this topic, even though it touches the lives of most women and people who care about women.2 The reasons for this are complex, but stigma and backlash are among the reasons women do not speak out.3 Both the likelihood of experiencing violence and the risks of speaking out are intensified for women experiencing multiple forms of structural marginalization, especially disabled women, LGBTQ+ people, women, young women, and Indigenous women.4  The fact that violence against women most often occurs in private settings – “behind closed doors” – also contributes to its invisibility. With the loss of social supports and stay-at-home orders, the increase in violence directed towards women and girls during the COVID-19 pandemic has been called a “shadow pandemic” by researchers and advocates.5

Autism Awareness Day

The purpose of celebrating and acknowledging this day is to build stronger, more inclusive communities for people with ASD. For instance, strategies to promote inclusive environments include making public playgrounds accessible, having support in place at educational settings, promoting diversity in the workplace to include these individuals, along with many more.  

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