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ABOUT CCDS

Seeing abilities
through disabilities

CCDS is guided by and works out of the values of inclusion, equality and participation. Our vision of “seeing abilities through disabilities” draws upon the lens of intersectionality*, and inclusion* throughout partnership activities with disability stakeholders (i.e. disability community, advocates, service providers, corporate sector, researchers—academic and community, government—international, federal, provincial, territorial, local, and civil society).  CCDS continually evaluates its collective impact in enhancing the lived experiences of persons living with disabilities, including mental health and circles of support (i.e. families, partners, etc.) in communities throughout Canada and abroad.

IN·TER·SEC·TION·AL·I·TY

The emerging research, policy and [practice] policy paradigm which seeks to reveal the complex interactions among multiple social categories (e.g., gender, race, class, culture, age, ability, sexuality) and ...

 

...the systems and processes of domination and oppression (e.g., sexism, racism, classism, colonialism, ageism, ableism, homophobia) that simultaneously produce experiences of discrimination and privilege.

 

­— Hankivsky and Cormier, 2009

Social inclusion is the manner of understanding and engaging communities with a vision of promoting equity and providing opportunity to persons from all circumstances. It is a multidimensional concept that facilitates inclusion from a variety of fronts including increase of employment, elimination of poverty, enabling civic engagement, elimination of discrimination and the promotion of access to public resources.

 

­— Canadian Urban Libraries Council (CULC)

 

 

LIMITATIONS OF SOCIAL INCLUSION

  • Frameworks often do not acknowledge that people simultaneously experience both inclusion and exclusion in varying contexts and at varying times throughout their lives.
  • Leads to the notion that social exclusion affects “certain kinds of people” which then reinforces stigma.
  • Often does not take into account how exclusion is resisted by individuals and communities.

 

­— Morrow & Hardie, 2014

 

INTERSECTIONALITY AND SOCIAL INCLUSION

  • Recognizes that experiences of social exclusion are multiple and diverse and shift over time.
  • Recognizes that experiences of social exclusion are not just tied to any one system but to sexism, racism, heterosexism, ableism, sanism and how these power relations interact in people’s lives.
  • Illuminates social and structural factors that influence health and well-being.
  • Reveals the complex realities of individuals with multiple vulnerabilities.
  • Provides critical thought about the epistemological significance of lived experiences.

 

­— Morrow & Hardie, 2014

SO·CIAL IN·CLU·SION

BOARD MEMBERS 2016–2017

CORE VALUES

INTEGRITY

We are committed to credible, authentic and transparent approaches and outcomes.

CREATIVITY

We strive for innovative ideas, practices and policies individually and collectively.

RESPECT

We value all individuals for their knowledge and unique contributions.

DIVERSITY

We embrace and facilitate inclusion and intersectionality*.

EXCELLENCE

We are dedicated to achieving distinction in all aspects of our mission.