June 2020
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CACL EVP Krista Carr talks Federal Disability Relief

On June 18, CACL Executive Vice President Krista Carr appeared on CBC National News with Rosemary Barton to discuss stalled disability relief and government use of Disability Tax Credit (DTC) eligibility to determine who qualifies for the up to $600 payment.

National AccessAbility Week

From May 31 to June 6, Canadians celebrated National AccessAbility Week in recognition of the valuable contributions of people with a disability and the efforts made by individuals, communities, and workplaces to remove barriers to accessibility and inclusion. 

Check out this video created by Institute for Research and Social Innovation on Inclusion and Society (IRIS) Director of Social Development, Dr. Doris Rajan, and the Native Women's Resource Center of Toronto, who asked disability and indigenous community allies what accessibility means to them. 

CACL EVP Krista Carr interviewed by Huffington Post on COVID-19 & Disability
CACL Executive Vice President, Krista Carr, was recently interviewed by the Huffington Post about the importance of supporting people with a disability and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic and why the disability community is made more vulnerable during times of crisis. 

#COVIDdisability: Disability-Related Resources for Families and People with an Intellectual Disability

COVID-19 has proven to have significant and lasting consequences for people with an intellectual disability and their families.

We are continuing to share disability-related resources related to the COVID-19 pandemic on our website as they become available, pulled together in one spot for families. These include plain-language tools, resources for caregivers, and information on mental health, available financial support, and discrimination guidelines. 

If you find reliable information you think will be of use to people with disabilities and their supporters, we invite you to share it with us on social media using the #COVIDdisability hashtag. 

CACL in Action!
Highlights of our recent national and international work. 
  • In recognition of National AccessAbility Week, Ready, Willing and Able National Program Manager, Policy & Resource Development, Radha MacCulloch delivered a webinar to Deloitte Canada on how to create and implement inclusive work-from-home strategies for employees with disabilities. 
  • Director of Policy & Program Operations Tara Levandier met with Melbourne Disability Institute to discuss CACL's inclusive housing research via My Home My Community, and how MHMC knowledge tools could be applied in Australia.
  • Since April 2020, Ready, Willing and Able (RWA) has delivered over 20 webinars on inclusive employment to a variety of employers, community organizations and job-seekers throughout the country. 
  • Executive Vice President Krista Carr continues work as a member of the COVID-19 Disability Action Group (CDAG) to urge the Federal government for increased support to people with a disability and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

IRIS Website Overhaul 

The Institute for Research and Development on Inclusion and Society (IRIS), CACL's research institute, has recently completely an overhaul of their website. The site has been redeveloped to better communicate IRIS's priority areas and catalogue the ongoing work to identify issues and policy options, foster social innovation to re-imagine inclusion, and strengthen capacity and leadership for transformative change.

Introducing new CACL Director of Community Engagement & Development, Lisa Bitacola 

We're excited to announce that Lisa Bitacola will be joining the CACL national team. Bringing years of experience in stakeholder engagement to the organization, Lisa will be working closely with the CACL Foundation as the Director of Community Engagement & Development. 

June 21 - Father's Day
June 21 - National Indigenous Peoples Day
July 1 - Canada Day (CACL Offices Closed)