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About Us

The Disability-Related Policy Website is a tool of the Disability and Information Technologies (Dis-IT) Research Alliance, headed by Deborah Stienstra at the University of Manitoba, and the community of disability organizations in Canada.

The Dis-IT Research Alliance is a group of researchers, community members, and industry representatives who are looking at how new technologies shape the lives of Canadians with disabilities, both by creating new benefits and barriers, in terms of employment, post-secondary education, retail and public services, and democratic participation. The project is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

The goals of the website are to build the capacity of the disability community to engage with federal and provincial/territorial governments in policy discussion and development related to disability supports, and to strengthen capacity of the community and governments to more effectively draw on the knowledge base of the disability community about disability supports needs, issues, best practice and policy options. These goals were expressed by disability organizations at meetings hosted by the Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) and the Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL) in March 2004.

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