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Eviance and its partners are advancing inclusive, high quality postsecondary education and work for young adults with disabilities, guided by the United Nations’ and Government of Canada’s Sustainable Development Goals Program. Visit our SDG project page to learn more.

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Welcome to Eviance

Founded in 1995 by disabilities trailblazer Henry Enns, Eviance—formerly known as the Canadian Centre for Disability Studies—has been helping people with disabilities in Canada and their allies advance human rights through intersectional, community-based research committed to sustainable solutions rooted in action.

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Our mission.

As a hub of knowledge on local, national, and global cross-disability issues, we seek to realize behavioural and system level change.

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Our vision.

An inclusive, equitable and accessible society that is sustainable for all.

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Our impact.

We enhance intersectional action-based solutions that advance human rights and equity-focused decision making in Canada.

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Project Highlights

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Innovating for Inclusive and Equitable Post-Secondary Education: A Pathway to Realizing the SDGs

This research is funded by the government of Canada’s Sustainable Development Goals Program and includes partnerships with the Council of Canadians with Disabilities, National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS), ARCH Disability Law Centre, OCAD University, Ryerson University and St. Francis Xavier University. This three-year project seeks to close the gaps in knowledge and skills of key stakeholders in post-secondary education concerning inclusive approaches to universal design for learning, instructional excellence, and student support with the goal of furthering the success of diverse students with disabilities in post-secondary education and in securing decent work. Visit the website to learn more and sign up to receive project updates.

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The Shadow Reports from Canada under the CRPD

The Shadow Reports from Canada under the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) were internal reports completed in 2019 and 2020 by Eviance. These reports provide a summary of concerns that civil society organizations expressed in the Shadow Reports (Parallel Reports) they submitted to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Person with Disabilities in the fall of 2016 and first half of 2017. The content analysis explores which Articles received the most attention, what kinds of governmental actions organizations call for, and which issues are most important to stakeholders. 2019 Report; 2020 Report

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The State of Accessible Shared Mobility for Persons with Disabilities in Canada

The State of Accessible Shared Mobility for Persons with Disabilities in Canada was commissioned through Transport Canada. This report will contribute to a larger focused piece of work on accessible shared mobility in Canada that involves a detailed review of the literature and community consultations with knowledgeable people with disabilities and other stakeholders. Our report focused in on ride-source services, accessibility, availability and straight-forward booking processes. Read the Report

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Emergency Card Project—Communication Tools

This project was funded through the Winnipeg Foundation and the Thomas Sil Foundation and done in collaboration with Inclusion Winnipeg. This multi-year project featured a robust engagement process with surveys of over 100 First Responders, a literature review and environmental scan, focus groups, and interviews. During the third phase of the project, we are working on a communication tool guide for persons with disabilities and developing training workshops for stakeholders. English Guide ; French Guide