In Pursuit of Equal Participation: Canada and Disability At Home and Abroad

This publication documents Canada’s considerable international experience in seeking to eliminate the significant disadvantages experienced by disabled people around the world, and places these activities in the context of social changes in Canada. This book fills the gaps among previous writings and presents new information and analysis concerning disability issues, both in Canada and internationally. Affiliates included the University of Calgary, the Council of Canadians with Disabilities, the Canadian Association of Community Living and other disability-related organizations. Human Resources Development Canada, the Mennonite Central Committee, and the Canadian International Development Association provided funding.

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The Canada-Russia Disability Program: 2002–2007

This program promotes citizenship by pursuing the social inclusion of Russians with disabilities. It was approved by CIDA in December 2002 for implementation in three regions in Russia – Stavropol, Omsk and Moscow. The Program focus is on:

  • a Disability Studies program; Social Work specialization/s in disability studies and mental health; training programs in mental health.
  • New/alternative models of social work and fieldwork practice in disability, community-based mental health services.
  • Social policy, public process and strategy.
  • Disability information networks.

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PROUWD (Phase 2): Partnership for Research on Ugandan Woman with Disabilities—Phase 2 Research Report

This research project provided the research team with a fascinating glimpse in the live of women and girls with disabilities in Uganda. The project has been extremely successful in its methodological approach of training women with disabilities to act as qualitative researchers in both the data collection and data analysis processes.

PROUWD (Phase 1): Partnership for Research on Ugandan Woman with Disabilities—Final Research Report

In Uganda, as in other African nations, disability is a wide spread phenomena and continues to rise as a result of malnutrition, disease, environmental hazards, natural disasters, motor and industrial accidents, civil conflict and war. The vast majority of Africans with disabilities are excluded from schools and opportunities to work, virtually guaranteeing that they will live their lives as the poorest of the poor. School enrolment for children with disabilities is estimated at no more than 5-10 percent. As many as 80 percent of working age people with disabilities are unemployed. Only 1 percent of disabled women living in developing countries are literate. The social stigma associated with disability results in marginalization and isolation, often leading to begging as the sole means of survival (USAID 2005).

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Development of strategy for inclusive education in Stavropol Krai, Russia: 2002–2003

The project’s focus is on development and implementation of demonstration models of inclusive education at 4 local schools in Stavropol Krai, Russia. Two exchanges, including training and development of action plan took which included: on-site needs assessment; strategy development and education of community, teachers, social workers and students with disabilities and their parents; identifying the barriers, solutions and recommendations.

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National

Across Canada, national organizations make a difference every day.

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Provincial

Provincial organizations and stakeholders are the vanguard of ideas and actions that make a difference.

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Local

In municipalities across Canada, meaningful change happens at the local level.

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