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What is Research at Abilities Centre?  

Research is embedded into all Abilities Centre programs and services. It helps us identify the impact of each of our programs and how we can continue to improve our evidence-based programming to provide a better, barrier-free life for all Canadians.

We work with provincial and national research partners to explore different methodologies for developing our programs and evaluating their impact. We capture quality assessment data from our programs and conduct novel research in the field of accessibility and inclusion. We contribute to academic literature, providing community-based expertise and working with researchers to highlight the expertise of individuals with lived experience. Abilities Centre is committed to advancing research and unlocking the potential of individuals and communities through accessibility.

Abilities Centre is an Innovation Hub. We develop, test, and scale programs while generating and translating knowledge to the communities we serve. Our Innovation Hub provides a unique opportunity to measure and evaluate how we are improving quality of life, social and economic inclusion and health and well-being in our community and across the country. 

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Abilities Centre has become a key community partner in several large-scale research programs and projects:

  • Launched a Joint Research Ethics Board (JREB) in partnership with Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences – Joint Research Ethics Board
  • Contributed to Canada’s Parallel Report in response to the United Nation’s review of Canada’s implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
  • Contributed to the development of a Canadian Report Card on the Physical Activity of Children and Youth with Disabilities
  • Partnered with the Canadian Disability Participation Project (CDPP) and University British Columbia on the COVID-19 Disability Survey for persons with Disabilities- Publications 
  • Partnered with CDPP on the Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Connection Grant for the “Co-creation of an interactive technology digital program-evaluation toolkit for Canadian physical activity programs for people with disabilities”
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