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About Canada: Disability Rights, 2nd ed.

by Deborah Stienstra  

This second edition explores the historical and current experiences of people with disabilities in Canada, as well as the policy and advocacy responses to these experiences.

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  • September 2020
  • ISBN: 9781773632551
  • 167 pages
  • $20.00
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  • EPUB August 2020
  • ISBN: 9781773634241
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  • PDF August 2020
  • ISBN: 9781773634258
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  • ISBN: 9781773632834
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Including people with disabilities fully into Canadian society, with the rights enjoyed by non-disabled people, requires a fundamental social transformation, not simply “fixing” some bodies. It requires deep changes in the attitudes, cultural images and policies that make people with disabilities invisible, set them aside, undermine or reject their contributions and value, and justifies their neglect, abuse and death. This shift involves the simple recognition and honouring of the dignity, autonomy and rights of all people, including those who experience disabilities.

In the second edition of About Canada: Disability Rights, Deborah Stienstra explores the historical and current experiences of people with disabilities in Canada, as well as the policy and advocacy responses to these experiences. Stienstra demonstrates that disability rights enable people with disabilities to make decisions about their lives and future, claim rights on their own behalf, and participate actively in all areas of Canadian society. Disability rights can and does increase access to and inclusion in critical areas like education, employment, transportation, telecommunications and health care. Additionally, Stienstra identifies new approaches and practices, such as universal design, disability supports and income supports, that can transform Canadian society to be more inclusive and accommodating for everyone.

This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada.

Disability Studies Education Health & Illness Public Policy


Deborah Stienstra

Deborah Stienstra holds the Jarislowsky Chair in Families and Work, is a professor of political science and the director of the Live Work Well Research Centre at the University of Guelph. She held the Royal Bank Research Chair in Disability Studies from 2000-2003 at the Canadian Centre on Disability Studies. She has worked with national organizations including the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women, the Council of Canadians with Disabilities, the National Action Committee on the Status of Women, FAFIA, and the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace. Her recent research interests include the effects of changes in public services on people with disabilities, women’s experiences as a result of economic restructuring, intersections between disability, race/ethnicity and Aboriginality, access and inclusion in telecommunications policy, and experiences of people with disabilities in end of life and cancer care. She is co-editor of Making Equality: History of Advocacy and Persons with Disabilities in Canada and the lead author of Women with Disabilities: Accessing Trade.


  • What are Disability Rights?
  • People and Policies in Search of Disability Rights
  • When People with Disabilities Fall Through the Cracks
  • Disability Rights in Canada
  • What do People with Disabilities Need to Enjoy Disability Rights?
  • Learning from Ordinary Lives, Changing Social Attitudes
  • Notes
  • Index


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