A list of public policies supporting participation in leisure for children with disabilities in Canada. For the purpose of this initiative, “policy” is used in the sense of guiding principles generally issued by governments, whereas “program” is used for the kinds of initiatives in which individuals can participate.
A policy dialogue on rights-based approaches to childhood disability was convened on 7 June 2018 at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa, with 23 decision-makers from diverse sectors, provinces, and territories in attendance.
The primary objective of the dialogue was to inform decision-makers about the available research evidence relevant to applying a human rights lens to matters related to children with disabilities in Canada. The team hoped that this sharing of information would facilitate the creation of a network of decision-makers to collaborate in future work in this area and to reframe policy issues using a rights-based approach as a strategy for action.
The BC Policy Dialogue in Childhood Disabilities occurred on December 8th, 2017 in Vancouver, BC. The objectives of the meeting were:
1) Disseminating research-based information on leisure participation for children with disabilities to decision-makers.
2) Helping researchers understand how to work better with policy makers.
3) Gathering stakeholders’ strengths and knowledge to discuss strategies to promote participation for children with disabilities in BC.
Participants from non-profit, provincial and municipal governments were represented, and individuals across the health and education sector.