Research Reports

This page highlights most of CCDS’ project reports since the organization’s inception.

If you have a question about any of these projects, please contact us.

Welcoming Communities: Creating Visitable Housing in Winnipeg

The Canadian Centre on Disability Studies received a grant from the Winnipeg Foundation in 2008. This community capacity building project has developed and implemented a Winnipeg-based “Visitability Education and Awareness Campaign” which has been a catalyst for learning and action in private housing in Winnipeg.


Persons with Disabilities as Caregivers:  Understanding Support Requirements and the Path to Developing Effective Models for Caregiving Assistance: 2008 – 2009

The purpose of this nine-month project (funded by Human Resources and Social Development Canada) is to focus on a range of issues that exist for people with disabilities as they contemplate or assume the role of informal “caregivers” to other adults.

(DOC | HTM | PDF | PowerPoint Presentation)

Literature Review on Measuring Inter-relationships between Disability and Job Retention; Career Progression

This document provides a thematic review and meta-analysis of general and disability-related literature in order to identify interrelationships between disability and job retention/career progression for Canadian working people. It develops four broad groups of macro- and micro-level variables that are considered in the literature to be strongly related to how employment histories evolve. The review provides direction for the development of a series of research questions addressing gaps in our understanding in this area.

(PowerPointDOCHTM | PDF)

From Research and Knowledge to Better Practice: Building Strategies and Partnerships for Livable Communities That Are Inclusive of Seniors With Disabilities: May 2008.

Research Outcomes: Aging & Disability

The Livable and Inclusive Community model is based on the premise that there is a direct correlation between citizens’ overall health, well-being and quality of life and the political, social, physical and economic environments, and in order to develop communities that are truly livable and inclusive for all citizens, the four environments must be addressed in tandem.

(DOCHTM | PDF | PowerPoint Presentation)

Final Report: April 2009

The Aging and Disability project is based on the core value that seniors with disabilities should be included and fully participate in the community, and the environmental, social and attitudinal barriers that prevent people with disabilities from full participation in society are removed.


Synthesis Papers: Livable and inclusive communities for seniors with disabilities: Transportation structures. Analysis of housing for seniors with disabilities using a livable and inclusive community lens.

When examining issues of aging and mobility it is useful to conceptualize a continuum of transportation resources that recognizes a range spanning between independent (driving oneself) and dependent (para-transit services) mobility options. The adequacy of access to this continuum has important implications for well-being and overall quality of life for older adults.


Resource Guide: 2009

The purpose of this resource guide is to outline various community planning documents that will support pilot communities move towards Livable and Inclusive Communities for Seniors with Disabilities.


Discussion Paper: January 2009

This document is meant to provide information regarding the issue and challenges facing seniors with disabilities which substantiates the need to address these issues at the community level.


Leadership Project Completed

“Creating Opportunity and Sharing Knowledge: Leadership Development in the Canadian Disability Community”, the leadership project, a partnership including Canadian Centre on Disability Studies (CCDS), the Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) and Philia has been completed.


Enabling Leadership in the Disability Community

The leadership project will address this concern in three phases: “Gathering our wisdom and learning from our experiences”; “Creating new opportunities for knowledge development”; and “Evaluating pilot projects and sharing new knowledge about leadership development.


“Emerging Trends among Seniors and Disability Sectors: From Wisdom and Lessons to New Ideas”. Funded by Winnipeg Foundation: June 2007 – March 2008.

The goal of the project will be to foster a dialogue between Manitoba disability and seniors organizations on common issues, gaps and trends in services and programs. Lessons learned will be shared and an on-going Manitoba network on aging (seniors) and disability issues will be developed.


Development of Comprehensive Knowledge-based Framework to addressing the Needs of Canadians with Long-Term Disabilities who are aging: March 2007 – March 2008

To develop a pilot knowledge-based framework for addressing the needs of aging population of people with disabilities, that will support community living and participation and be based on partnership between community organizations, service providers, researchers and governmental departments.

( DOC HTMPDF | Aging With Disabilities website)

Development of Community Support Strategies for Manitoba Farmers who live with disabilities and their families: December 1, 2006 to August 31, 2007

Through research, networking, and resource development, this project worked to support greater participation of farmers with disabilities in the workforce and in their communities, greater coordination between service providers, and empowerment of farmers with disabilities.

(DOCHTMPDF | Final Report)

Understanding the Status of Visitability in Canada: August 1, 2006 to August 16, 2007

The purpose and long-term outcome of this project is to determine the impact of Visitability on communities. This project will be a major step forward in creating inclusive and livable communities. The project focuses on Canada to discover where Visitability initiatives are taking place and what factors are facilitating its growth or are creating barriers to implementation.

(DOCHTMPDF | Link to Visitability Canada website)

Access to Primary Health Care

This joint project with Queen’s University is examining the accessibility of primary health care services in Canada. It is funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research.


A Study of Deaf-Blind Demographics and Services in Canada: December 2004

The research produced a report containing (1) demographic statistics about people who are deaf-blind in Canada; (2) a qualitative examination of the experiences and service needs of persons who are deaf-blind and their parents/advocates; (3) an overview of the services available to meet the needs of persons who are deaf-blind and parents/advocates; and (4) directions for future research. CCDS is conducting this one-year study for the Canadian National Society of the Deaf-Blind and the Canadian Deafblind and Rubella Association.


Women with Disabilities Accessing Trade: July 2004

This project is investigating (1) how trade in health services and assistive devices affects women with disabilities and (2) how women with disabilities are able to access trade services and information. Status of Women Canada is the funder.

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Arts Ability Project: 2002-2004

This two-year project began in July 1, 2002 and involved the development, implementation and evaluation of art, drama, music, and dance programs to empower children and adults with disabilities in four sites in Manitoba. Programs were designed to foster creative self-expression and create new opportunities to support community participation in and contribution to Canadian society.


Students with Disabilities: Transitions from Post-Secondary Education to Work – Phase II: 2003-2004

This longitudinal study examines the experiences of university and college students with disabilities in Canada as they make the transition from post-secondary education to employment.


Finding Our Way Home: Housing Options in Inner-City Winnipeg for People with Disabilities Who Are Dying: 2004

This project encompasses three pertinent social issues; inner city housing, end of life transitions, and barriers experienced by people with disabilities. Each of these stands on its own as an important topic for study. Merging these three streams not only compounds issues but also brings forward new concerns that have, according to our research, never been identified before. Sustaining the impetus to forge into such unexplored territory is never easy, but the assistance and commitment of a number of individuals and organizations made it possible. It is funded by the Winnipeg Inner-City Research Alliance.


The Disability Rights Movement in Canada: A Virtual Museum: 2004

As a member of the Canadian Network on Inclusive Cultural Exchange (CNICE), CCDS has created a virtual museum exhibit on the relationship between the Canadian disability rights movement and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. This exhibit offers a look into the history of the disability rights movement in Canada and how it changed the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. This is a joint project of CCDS’s Research and Disability Information Network programs, and is funded by Canadian Heritage’s Canadian Culture Online Program


Intersections: Disability and Race/Ethnicity/Heritage Language/Religion: April 2003

The lives of people with disabilities are shaped by their racial and ethnic status, their religion and their first language. Yet little research has been done on these intersections. What research has been done is primarily from the vantage point of service providers and the need to provide culturally appropriate services. Much research is still required to understand the unique situations of immigrants with disabilities, people of colour with disabilities, Aboriginal people with disabilities and non-English/French speaking people with disabilities. This paper was commissioned by Canadian Heritage for an upcoming policy research seminar on “Intersections of Diversity” to be held in Ottawa in April 2003.


Making Equality: History of Advocacy and Persons with Disability in Canada: 2003

In order to challenge and offset mainstream society’s notions of them, it is important that people with disabilities play a role in documenting, recording and analyzing their own history. Written by and for Canadians with disabilities and their communities, Making Equality: History of Advocacy and Persons with Disabilities in Canada contests attitudes toward disabled people and their participation in Canadian society. It presents as formal knowledge disabled peoples’ stories, observations and analyses in an effort to bridge the sizeable knowledge gap faced by educators and professionals.

Table of Contents – (DOC | HTM| PDF)

In Pursuit of Equal Participation: Canada and Disability At Home and Abroad

This publication documents Canada’s considerable international experience in seeking to eliminate the significant disadvantages experienced by disabled people around the world, and places these activities in the context of social changes in Canada. This book fills the gaps among previous writings and presents new information and analysis concerning disability issues, both in Canada and internationally. Affiliates included the University of Calgary, the Council of Canadians with Disabilities, the Canadian Association of Community Living and other disability-related organizations. Human Resources Development Canada, the Mennonite Central Committee, and the Canadian International Development Association provided funding.

Table of Contents – (DOC HTM | PDF)

Disability Community Capacity: A Framework for Preliminary Assessment: May 2002

This study developed a framework for assessing disability community capacity in Canada. The disability community is filled with both strong and effective voices among individuals with disabilities and within organizations.  Associations are working in extremely difficult circumstances and are continually being asked for more without being afforded sufficient resources.  People with disabilities are living longer and experiencing increasing needs for services and advocacy support resulting in higher demands being placed on the limited resource capacities of organizations.  In addition, all levels of government and the private sector are requesting greater organizational participation in consultations on disability issues and policy development to advance the disability agenda.  This is not a sustainable situation, and it is a critical time in which to develop support to enhance the capacity of the disability community.

Funded by Human Resources Development Canada (Social Policy Development)


Baseline Assessment: Inclusion and Disability in World Bank Activities: June 2002

This project developed criteria for measuring the success of the World Bank’s efforts to integrate the concerns and needs of people with disabilities in its development strategies, policies, programs and projects. The criteria will be used to create a baseline against which future progress can be compared.


Students with Disabilities: Transitions from Post-Secondary Education to Work – Phase I: 2002

This study is examining the experiences of college and university students with disabilities as they make the transition from post-secondary education to employment. Funded by The Office for Disability Issues (Human Resources Development Canada).This report describes what the students told us about their post-secondary experiences, including various factors that contributed to their successes, as well as obstacles they encountered. The report also provides findings about the participants’ use and their impressions of services for students with disabilities, institutional financial supports, and career/employment services provided by their universities and colleges.


Literacy and Disability: 2002

The findings of this Manitoba study examined the possibilities, challenges and barriers experienced by adults with disabilities who have literacy needs. Information pertaining to physical and learning accommodations, and the gaps in knowledge and supports currently present in adult literacy programs was collected.


Ontario Women’s Health Status Report: Women with Disabilities: February 2002

This chapter of the report looks at women with disabilities in Ontario who face many of the same health concerns and issues as other women. Their health status and access to services may be complicated by their physical or mental conditions, but their health is affected even more by the social context within which their condition becomes a disability.


Best Practices in the Home-Based Employment of People with Disabilities: 2002

This 2000-2002 study produced a report and best practices handbook that explored the advantages, challenges, and risks of home-based employment for persons with disabilities. The Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba, the Public Service Commission of Canada and Human Resources Development Canada provided funding for this project.

(DOC | HTM | PDF | Final Report)

Handbook – (DOC HTM | PDF)

Building Bridges Between the Corporate Sector and the Disability Community: 2000-2001

This 2000-2001 report surveyed major Canadian corporations about their needs for information about persons with disabilities. It also documented the positive contributions corporations have made to disability issues in Canada. This research was funded by Human Resources Development Canada.


Proposal for A Canadian Institute on Disability: 2000

This 2000 proposal recommended that the Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR) establish an institute on the disability process and include disability as a cross-cutting theme in other CIHR institutes. Funding was received from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and the Canada Health Services Research Foundation under the CIHR Design Grant Program.


Youth with Disabilities: Their Past and Present Experiences of Education and Employment Training: 1999

This report describes the experiences of young people with disabilities who participated in an employment training project during 1999. Manitoba Education and Training provided funding for this project.

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