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The COVID-19 pandemic will have a profound impact on provincial, national and global health, social and economic systems and quality of life for all Canadians. For people living with disabilities and who face many barriers to full participation in community life, these impacts may be exacerbated.

Abilities Centre, in collaboration with the Canadian Disability Participation Project, is conducting a national survey to record the experiences, concerns and needs of people with disabilities during the COVID-19 recovery period. The survey’s findings will provide important information to help inform long-term community response strategies to serve people of all abilities.

Adults who identify as having a disability (or having a child or family member living with a disability in your household) can participate at

Key findings and trends from the COVID-19 Disability Survey will be shared publicly and used to inform The Access Project, a new, innovative approach to crisis recovery embedding equity in the development of strategies and solutions to support the needs of all Canadians. Bringing together data insights, planning tools, and community resources to support the needs of local communities across Canada, The Access Project will help governments, municipalities, community organizations, and businesses support and engage all Canadians in pandemic recovery efforts.

One of the only organizations in Canada with a comprehensive approach to inclusion and accessibility, Abilities Centre strives to make communities more accessible and inclusive to increase quality of life for every individual and enable them to participate fully in community and economic life.

As a community hub, living lab and inclusion incubator, Abilities Centre engages individuals and communities in programs, leads research and advocacy on inclusion issues, and develops innovative frameworks for programs that are replicable, scalable and customizable to the needs of local communities in Durham Region and across Ontario and Canada.

About Canadian Disability Participation Project (CDPP)

The Canadian Disability Participation Project (CDPP) is an alliance of university, public, private and government sector partners working together to enhance community participation among Canadians with physical disabilities.
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