Canadian Abilities Foundation

Canadian Abilities Foundation At the Canadian Abilities Foundation, we envision an inclusive, universally accessible society, where all people belong and are valued. The Canadian Abilities Foundation (CAF) is a registered Canadian charity.
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CAF was founded in 1986 and has since been a national leader and partner with other organizations and governments on various projects related to disability and communications. CAF project funding comes from governments, charitable foundations, and corporate partnerships. Other operating revenues come from advertising, subscriptions and product sales. CAF is a model social enterprise, and serves as a living example to organizations and coalitions directing their energies towards self-sufficiency and pursuit of the public good.

Mission: The Canadian Abilities Foundation convenes a forum for the exchange of information to promote an inclusive society and provide inspiration and opportunity for people with disabilities

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Is a medal worth the risk? - Abilities Canada - Abilities Magazine
12/30/2020
Is a medal worth the risk? - Abilities Canada - Abilities Magazine

Is a medal worth the risk? - Abilities Canada - Abilities Magazine

By Teddy Katz Paralympians are used to putting it all on the line with rigorous training regimes in the hopes of winning a medal for themselves and their countries. But the games in Tokyo next summer add an extra layer of complexity and the question for some athletes: if the risk is greater than the...

Is a medal worth the risk? - Abilities Canada - Abilities Magazine
12/30/2020
Is a medal worth the risk? - Abilities Canada - Abilities Magazine

Is a medal worth the risk? - Abilities Canada - Abilities Magazine

By Teddy Katz Paralympians are used to putting it all on the line with rigorous training regimes in the hopes of winning a medal for themselves and their countries. But the games in Tokyo next summer add an extra layer of complexity and the question for some athletes: if the risk is greater than the...

Our mental health six months into the pandemic? - Abilities Canada - Abilities Magazine
12/29/2020
Our mental health six months into the pandemic? - Abilities Canada - Abilities Magazine

Our mental health six months into the pandemic? - Abilities Canada - Abilities Magazine

4 in 10 employees are less motivated at work A study released in October demonstrates a consistent trend of negative mental health among Canadians at the six-month mark of the pandemic. The findings, released by Morneau Shepell as part of its Mental Health Index™, show that strained mental health ...

What positive financial steps can I take during the COVID-19 uncertainty? - Abilities Canada - Abilities Magazine
12/28/2020
What positive financial steps can I take during the COVID-19 uncertainty? - Abilities Canada - Abilities Magazine

What positive financial steps can I take during the COVID-19 uncertainty? - Abilities Canada - Abilities Magazine

By Alison Izat, CFP, Plan Institute It’s six months into the Pandemic, and if you haven’t already, it’s time to take a good look at your finances. I wrote an article for Plan Institute back in April 2020, that provided some tips and guidance to help you prepare and stay on top of your finances...

Thumbs up, thumbs down - Abilities Canada - Abilities Magazine
12/27/2020
Thumbs up, thumbs down - Abilities Canada - Abilities Magazine

Thumbs up, thumbs down - Abilities Canada - Abilities Magazine

THUMBS DOWN to YouTube. The company’s automated recommendations are biased toward engagement—and tend to steer users who are less health-literate toward fake cures or misleading medical advice. YouTube is one of the most popular online platforms, with billions of views every day, and has emerged...

In the news - Abilities Canada - Abilities Magazine
12/26/2020
In the news - Abilities Canada - Abilities Magazine

In the news - Abilities Canada - Abilities Magazine

DIRTY POOL AT THE PARALYMPICS With increasing visibility, and bigger money at stake, more athletes are finding ways to cheat the system and win at the Paralympic games, claims writer, Robert Sanchez in his March 2020, Sports Illustrated article. Citing legendary swimmer, Jessica Long and her family,...

COVID-19 or common cold? - Abilities Canada - Abilities Magazine
12/24/2020
COVID-19 or common cold? - Abilities Canada - Abilities Magazine

COVID-19 or common cold? - Abilities Canada - Abilities Magazine

If you, like many of us, are also wondering how to tell if you’ve caught COVID-19 or just the common cold a member from the Stanford Hospital Board has got your back. This is there feedback for now on the Coronavirus: If you have a runny nose and sputum, you have a common cold. Coronavirus …

FYI - Abilities Canada - Abilities Magazine
12/23/2020
FYI - Abilities Canada - Abilities Magazine

FYI - Abilities Canada - Abilities Magazine

Nightmares? Danish researchers found that people who were born blind tend to have four times more nightmares than those who became blind or their non-blind counterparts. Nightmares are believed to be rehearsals of daily fears they may have like getting lost, hit by traffic or being even bitten by a....

A love letter to realism in a time of grief - Abilities Canada - Abilities Magazine
12/22/2020
A love letter to realism in a time of grief - Abilities Canada - Abilities Magazine

A love letter to realism in a time of grief - Abilities Canada - Abilities Magazine

Looking for something to watch during these times? We’d like to recommend Mark Pollock and Simone George’s TED talk on how we respond when things get tough. When faced with life’s toughest circumstances, how should we respond: as an optimist, a realist or something else? In an unforgettable ta...

12/21/2020
Vaccines: What we know - Abilities Canada - Abilities Magazine
12/17/2020
Vaccines: What we know - Abilities Canada - Abilities Magazine

Vaccines: What we know - Abilities Canada - Abilities Magazine

Vaccines can help save our lives and prevent the spread of infectious diseases. See below for the Canadian Frailty Network‘s frequently asked questions fact sheet! CFN-Vaccination-FAQ-English   CFN-Vaccination-FAQ-French

On the track with Natalie McGloin - Abilities Canada - Abilities Magazine
12/12/2020
On the track with Natalie McGloin - Abilities Canada - Abilities Magazine

On the track with Natalie McGloin - Abilities Canada - Abilities Magazine

Designed to give injured ex service- men and women a long-term career in motorsport, Swiss racer, Peter Knoflach brought Nathalie McGloin to the track. The brainchild of Swiss racer and businessmen, Peter Knoflach, who met several injured veterans while skiing in his home village of Klosters, the Ei...

How healthy are you feeling? As we look forward to welcoming 2021, it’s the perfect time to kick-start your New Year’s R...
12/11/2020
How Apple Fitness levels the playing field for disabilities - Abilities Canada - Abilities Magazine

How healthy are you feeling? As we look forward to welcoming 2021, it’s the perfect time to kick-start your New Year’s Resolutions and get your health back on track.

By Joel Dembe How healthy are you feeling? As we look forward to welcoming 2021, it’s the perfect time to kick-start your New Year’s Resolutions and get your health back on track. There is no-shortage of in-home exercise equipment and services that have gained popularity, with devices like Mirro...

Work from home helps - Abilities Canada - Abilities Magazine
12/10/2020
Work from home helps - Abilities Canada - Abilities Magazine

Work from home helps - Abilities Canada - Abilities Magazine

More of us are washing our hands amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but 1 in 4 don’t lather up when they need to, such as after blowing their nose, according to a new CDC report. Forest: Even before 2020 sent our brains into panic mode, our attention spans were waning — and now it’s even harder …

From behind a mask - Abilities Canada - Abilities Magazine
12/09/2020
From behind a mask - Abilities Canada - Abilities Magazine

From behind a mask - Abilities Canada - Abilities Magazine

By Abby Moore Regularly wearing face masks has been an adjustment for many people, but especially for the deaf, hard of hearing, and deafblind community. Masks can muffle speech and block the ability to read lips and visual cues. So, how can hearing people better communicate with the deaf community....

Eileen Crehan on autism and sexuality - Abilities Canada - Abilities Magazine
12/08/2020
Eileen Crehan on autism and sexuality - Abilities Canada - Abilities Magazine

Eileen Crehan on autism and sexuality - Abilities Canada - Abilities Magazine

On 30 September, Eileen Crehan, assistant professor of child study and human development at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, spoke about her research on autistic people and sexuality. Originally published on Spectrum.

Spinal cord injury and inflammation: Navigating today’s hottest diets - Abilities Canada - Abilities Magazine
12/04/2020
Spinal cord injury and inflammation: Navigating today’s hottest diets - Abilities Canada - Abilities Magazine

Spinal cord injury and inflammation: Navigating today’s hottest diets - Abilities Canada - Abilities Magazine

By Megan Williamson BA, National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer Weight loss diets are all the rage right now. I am sure you have heard of a few of them or maybe even tried one or two. There’s the Paleo diet, the DASH diet, Atkins, the Mediterranean diet and even a Nordic die...

Health anxiety in the time of COVID-19 - Abilities Canada - Abilities Magazine
11/30/2020
Health anxiety in the time of COVID-19 - Abilities Canada - Abilities Magazine

Health anxiety in the time of COVID-19 - Abilities Canada - Abilities Magazine

With the second wave already rearing it’s ugly head, a lot of us are feeling anxious, possibly even more than before. This webinar from The Psychology Foundation of Canada provides an overview of health-related anxiety, and how COVID-19 can intersect with this problem. Participants will learn abou...

What you need to know about cold and flu season in the time of COVID-19 - Abilities Canada - Abilities Magazine
11/26/2020
What you need to know about cold and flu season in the time of COVID-19 - Abilities Canada - Abilities Magazine

What you need to know about cold and flu season in the time of COVID-19 - Abilities Canada - Abilities Magazine

By Allan Grill and Jerome Leis The cold and flu season looks very different this year with the COVID-19 pandemic. When a person has a fever, sore throat, aches and chills, they need to consider when to self isolate, when to be tested for COVID-19, when to be assessed in person and when antibiotics s...

L'Oréal Paris grant award program is a nationwide search for 10 extraordinary Canadian women who selflessly volunteer th...
11/20/2020
L’Oréal Paris

L'Oréal Paris grant award program is a nationwide search for 10 extraordinary Canadian women who selflessly volunteer their time to serve their communities. 10 Women of Worth Honourees are awarded $10,000 each for their non-profit cause and given the opportunity to receive an additional $10,000 if voted in as the National Honouree. The philanthropic program has invested over half a million dollars across a breadth of critical causes and the Honourees join an alumni group of remarkable women who have been recognized over the last 4 years.
http://www.womenofworth.ca/en

Women of Worth honours extraordinary women who selflessly volunteer their time to serve their communities. The signature philanthropic program embodies the L’Oréal Paris tenet that ‘Every Woman Is Worth It’ by elevating women who find beauty in giving back.

11/18/2020

Do you believe fraud officers are necessary to reduce false claims for the disability tax credit?

The Baker's Dozen and the pandemic - Abilities Canada - Abilities Magazine
11/16/2020
The Baker's Dozen and the pandemic - Abilities Canada - Abilities Magazine

The Baker's Dozen and the pandemic - Abilities Canada - Abilities Magazine

Ensuring inclusion during and after COVID-19. By Mark Wafer The year is 2020, and the demographic of disability in Canada is 22 per cent of the country’s population. Almost one in four Canadians live with a disability. This number is growing so much it equals the entire populations of British Colu...

How accessible is your building? Apply for a complimentary RHFAC rating. | Rick Hansen Foundation
11/09/2020
How accessible is your building? Apply for a complimentary RHFAC rating. | Rick Hansen Foundation

How accessible is your building? Apply for a complimentary RHFAC rating. | Rick Hansen Foundation

Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility CertificationTM (RHFAC) is a tool which gives organizations a snapshot of their building’s accessibility to inform future accessibility improvements. Over 1,200 sites across Canada have been rated to-date including Ottawa International Airport, SAP, Canada Scie...

10/30/2020
Pushing the boundaries - Abilities Canada - Abilities Magazine
10/28/2020
Pushing the boundaries - Abilities Canada - Abilities Magazine

Pushing the boundaries - Abilities Canada - Abilities Magazine

A radical form of accessible theatre performance. By Carla Rice and Kayla Besse Have you ever been nervous about going to the theatre? Maybe you’re unfamiliar with theatre etiquette, maybe you have children or maybe you find it hard to stay still for hours, feeling trapped in your seat. In Shakesp...

Our Word: Just watch me - Abilities Canada - Abilities Magazine
10/23/2020
Our Word: Just watch me - Abilities Canada - Abilities Magazine

Our Word: Just watch me - Abilities Canada - Abilities Magazine

By Joel Dembe At first, I was skeptical. Another expensive, overhyped gadget, right? I was certain it would distract me. Or that I wouldn’t use the ‘cutting-edge’ features cleverly advertised by Apple’s slick marketing team. More importantly, as someone who uses a wheelchair, I wasn’t sure...

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10/22/2020

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Steps to buying an accessible home - Abilities Canada - Abilities Magazine
10/16/2020
Steps to buying an accessible home - Abilities Canada - Abilities Magazine

Steps to buying an accessible home - Abilities Canada - Abilities Magazine

By Maggie Pierce Despite growing demand, it is well known that most people face unique challenges in purchasing an inclusive home. This article will highlight some financial, legal, design, environmental, and real estate market considerations for the successful purchase of an inclusive home. However...

Ominous signs - Abilities Canada - Abilities Magazine
10/14/2020
Ominous signs - Abilities Canada - Abilities Magazine

Ominous signs - Abilities Canada - Abilities Magazine

Introducing our first Hang Your Heads in Shame Awards: COVID-19 edition By Stephen Trumper My intention after leaving hospital last winter following two months of purging the infections of quadruple pneumonia, including several weeks on a ventilator, was to rest, relax and reflect on life. For a mon...

Not all masks are created equal #MaskUp - Abilities Canada - Abilities Magazine
10/13/2020
Not all masks are created equal #MaskUp - Abilities Canada - Abilities Magazine

Not all masks are created equal #MaskUp - Abilities Canada - Abilities Magazine

Buy Canadian and stay safe! Wearing a face mask has become a critical part of Canada’s campaign to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and protecting yourself from infection. But not all masks are made equal and there are many poor quality and homemade options flooding the market. What your family need...

ParaTough Cup: Home Edition encourages Canadians to try Para sport at home in support of athletes with a disability | Ca...
10/07/2020
ParaTough Cup: Home Edition encourages Canadians to try Para sport at home in support of athletes with a disability | Canadian Paralympic Committee

ParaTough Cup: Home Edition encourages Canadians to try Para sport at home in support of athletes with a disability | Canadian Paralympic Committee

The Paralympic Foundation of Canada is launching an innovative at-home version of its signature fundraising event this month, revamping its format due to the COVID-19 pandemic to encourage people across the country to try out some Para sport-inspired challenges from their own homes. ParaTough Cup: H...

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Pretty sad that I have to take my own union Actra into the Ontario human rights tribunal and the Canadian industrial relations board for violations of my rights.
Hey, just thought I’d mention that Active Hands (a great website that produces gripping aids for people with an upper limb disability) has now started stocking a wide variety of other disability aids relating to things such as personal care, office work, mobile phone use, gardening, kitchen prep etc. So if you or someone you know has weakened grip or any kind of upper limb disability then it’s well worth checking out; I use a lot of these myself and they can be absolute life savers! Here’s the link: