DAWN Canada is pleased to share our new report More Than A Footnote: A Research Report on Women and Girls with Disabilities in Canada.
This report begins to create, for the first time, a more fulsome pcture of the issues and concerns Canadian women and girls with disabilities are facing.
It brings together several strands of existing research, with some original contributions, to piece together a more comprehensive understanding of what it is like to be a woman or a girl with a disability in Canada.
Statistics Canada reports that 1 in 5 women in Canada lives with a disability.
Yet prior to this report, the available information on women and girls with disabilities, whether research-based or anecdotal, had never been gathered or analyzed in a comprehensive way. This report provides an essential evidence-based platform from which coordinated policy and programmatic responses can be developed.
We seek to use this work to inform research, education, policy, and practice in ways that are emancipatory to women and girls with disabilities. It is our hope that readers will use this research to inform their own work and spur discussions and partnerships that collectively move us beyond the barriers that women and girls with disabilities face and towards solutions-based action informed by lived experience.
More Than A Footnote: A Research Report on Women and Girls with Disabilities in Canada is a call to action that affirms the urgency for a national discussion that focuses on the full social, economic and political inclusion of women and girls with disabilities.
DAWN Canada wishes to acknowledge the important contributions of our partners to this research: People First of Canada, Realize, and the Acquired Brain Injury Research Lab.
Funding for this report was provided by the Office for Disability Issues, Employment and Social Development Canada.
More Than A Footnote: Executive Summary